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Bowenwork evokes deep relaxation and renews the body’s capacity for self-healing.
- Addresses the body as a whole.
- Is extremely gentle.
- Can assist recovery from many conditions:
*Traumatic injuries *Overuse injuries *Stress reactions
*Shoulder injuries *Back injuries *Depression
- Reduced pain.
- Greater range of motion.
- A sense of relaxation and well-being.
- Sounder sleep and increased energy are common.
"The Bowen technique (also known as Bowenwork) is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that was developed by the late Tom Bowen in Geelong, Australia. It is sometimes called the 'homeopathy of bodywork'. It utilizes small but measured inputs to the body stimulating the body to heal itself, often profoundly. The Bowen technique offers tremendous benefit to clients with very little effort on the part of the practitioner.
Bowtech-the Original Bowen Technique usually results in the relief of many specific injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic. It does so holistically, by using the body's innate healing mechanisms. The practitioner delivers signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves), and the body does the rest, responding in its own time, as it is able. While there are a few, very specific situations in which a particular 'procedure' is contraindicated, the Bowen technique is appropriate to use for individuals of all ages and in all degrees of health.
When faced with an acute injury, the practitioner may address only the traumatized parts of the body because there hasn't been enough time for the injured client to begin compensating for, and accommodating to, the injury. However, aside from a few practitioners who specialize in sporting and traumatic injuries most practitioners work with clients whose conditions have developed gradually over many years, where patterns of dysfunctional muscle recruitment and posture have become entrenched over time.
Rather than focusing on a single complaint, the Bowen technique addresses the entire body, by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation ('fight or flight or freeze mode'). Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance ('rest, relax and repair mode'). The Bowen technique seems to catalyze that shift towards parasympathetic dominance. This shift could explain, in part, the common observation that Bowen sessions seem to reactivate the recovery process in situations where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.
Bowtech sessions generally last from 15-45 minutes. The moves are gentle but purposeful and can be done through light clothing if the client prefers. Clients usually lie on a massage table, other bodywork table or bed, or can be seated in a chair, if required, for comfort. In a session that balances the entire body, the lower back is addressed first, then the upper back, and then the neck. To minimize the need for disturbing the client's rest, all procedures that require the client to lie face down are completed before having them turn over for the procedures that are done face up. Some procedures may be done with the client sitting or standing.
A Bowtech 'session' involves one or more procedures, each of which consists of several sets of 'moves'. Between each set of moves, the practitioner pauses for as many minutes as are needed for the client's body to begin responding. After the nervous system begins to adjust the tension level in the muscles, the client is ready for the next set of moves.
In contrast to other hands-on disciplines, where the practitioner imposes correction on the client through the technique performed, the Bowen technique allows the body to heal itself with minimal intervention. Because of the subtlety of Bowenwork the body's continuing response to it, other forms of manipulative therapy performed up to four days before, or five days after, a Bowtech session may interfere with its effectiveness."
What is Bowenwork?
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