About Bowen Therapy
The Bowen Technique acquired the name from the late Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) in the 1950’s. Since the development of this technique, it is now taught in more than 20 countries worldwide and practiced in over 30. Bowen Therapy involves a process of tactile intervention and manipulation techniques, to facilitate the body’s natural capacity for self-regulation and healing. There is a complex interrelationship that exists between the function of the spine, muscular and nervous system. Dysfunction within these structures may then present itself through a variety of compensatory tensions or secondary symptoms eg migraine, muscular pain, uneven leg length, TMJ (jaw) pain, and upper/lower extremity conditions.
Bowen Therapy facilitates optimal recovery and restores body function by treating the body as an integrated, whole unit using a dynamic system of neural, muscle and connective tissue (fascia) therapy. Balance is restored to the autonomic nervous system (ANS), which controls over 80% of our bodily functions, and allows an integrated response that can affect not just muscle and connective tissue, but also spinal & visceral function. In this day and age most people live in a constant state of high stress, which results in the over-stimulation of the sympathetic (fright and flight) nervous system. Healing can only take place after the ANS shifts back into parasympathetic (rest & repair) dominance. Most people seek help for muscular pain issues, however Bowen work can provide tremendous relief for a broad spectrum of issues, including those related to the nervous system such as autism & anxiety.
Bowen Technique is appropriate for people of all ages, in all degrees of health from babies, to the elderly to the elite sports person. Some conditions Bowen Therapy can assist with:
• Sporting & other trauma injuries
• Children’s sleeping/behavioural issues
• Neck/shoulder restriction or pain
• Torticollis (muscle spasm of the neck)
• Hip pain, knee, ankle and foot problems • Sciatica and back pain
• Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
• Migraines & other types of headaches
• Earaches and TMJ Syndrome
• Fibromyalgia & Chronic fatigue syndrome
• Anxiety/Stress • Menstrual & hormonal Irregularities
• Digestive & bowel problems