What is Bowenwork
Bowenwork was developed by the late Thomas Bowen of Geelong Australia in the 1950s. Bowen's approach was to reset the tension in certain muscle groups by using a unique move involving a stretch-and-roll-through and pausing between sets of moves to give the body time to begin its response.
The moves are gentle, non-invasive yet powerful. Bowenwork stimulates healing and produces deep relaxation, pain relief and helps to normalize all the bodies systems. Bringing Balance Back!
These moves create specific vibration on the fascia. They prompt soft tissue release, sending neurological impulses to the brain. Because the impulses utilize the internal nervous system pathways, they stimulate whole body responses, which address every system in the body - internal organ systems as well as musculo-skeletal structure. Circulation is increased, energy flow resumes, the body begins to heal itself.
The pauses between moves is therapeutic, allowing the brain time to process and send messages to realign the body. Respecting these pauses is an essential part of Bowenwork, for it allows the body sufficient time to remember and restore its own healthy, natural balance.
A Typical Session
The client lies on a massage table, wearing loosely fitting clothing. The therapist uses a series of gentle rolling moves in specific places to the muscles, tendons and nerves. The therapist will leave the room between each series of moves to allow the brain time to receive and process the messages. This also allows the client to enter a deeper relaxation and the body to respond.
Bowenwork addresses the body as a whole, it treats beyond the presented symptoms and makes physical, chemical, emotional and mental adjustments within each system. The body is enabled to find its own natural balance with this resetting of the autonomic nervous system.
Sessions generally last 30-45 minutes. Treatments can be given to more than one client at a time, due to the required pauses between sets of moves. A second visit is best scheduled one week later to complete laying the foundation of the work in the body. Any subsequent visits are determined by the clients need. Tom Bowen used to say, "I want to see you whenever you want to see me."