A Most Unique Australian Healing System
Tom Bowen developed Bowenwork therapy in Australia about forty years ago. Relatively new in this country, word is spreading about its effectiveness.
Bowenwork involves gentle, yet powerful, movements on muscle and connective tissue, and may be done through clothing. These movements prompt soft tissue release, sending neurological impulses to the brain. Because the impulses travel through the internal nervous system pathways, they stimulate whole brain responses, which address every system in the body, internal organ systems as well as musculo-skeletal structure.
By selecting appropriate combinations and sequences of moves, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole, and to target more specific problems. Healing occurs by affecting the body’s autonomic nervous system, which creates homeostasis at the cellular level.
Pauses are inserted between sets of these moves, which allow the brain to process and send messages to realign the body. It is thought that because the whole brain is stimulated, the original, genetic pattern is re-awakened, and the more recent injury and compensation patterns are released, even years after the original injury.
Respecting these pauses is an essential component of Bowenwork, for that allows the body sufficient time to remember and restore its own healthy, natural balance and allows the practitioner to work on multiple clients simultaneously. The gentleness of the Bowen Technique protects the therapist from overuse injury while providing positive results and lasting effects for the client. It is not uncommon to develop separate clientele for Bowenwork and massage.
Treatments are individualized, generally lasting sixty minutes. Traumas, old injuries and chronic pain begin to unwind. Typically there is rapid change after addressing acute conditions and a steady improvement of chronic conditions. Bowenwork frequently triggers surprising and unexpected recovery, even when nothing else has been successful.
Most often, surprisingly few sessions are needed to alleviate complaints, whether structural or functional, even if long-standing. The results hold for a long time, generally until there is a re-injury. Many people choose to have monthly or quarterly maintenance sessions (“tune-ups”) once their initial complaint is addressed. It is ideal to have a session as soon after an injury as possible, before the body begins to compensate.
People throughout the world have found lasting relief from lower back pain, sciatica, sports injuries, sprains, knee pain, shoulder restrictions, carpal tunnel, whiplash, migraines, headaches, TMJ, chronic sinus infections, fibromyalgia, chronic stress, neurological, digestive problems and countless other conditions.
Bowenwork is completely safe and appropriate for everyone from the highly trained athlete to newborns, pregnant women, the elderly and the chronically ill. The most common reaction to Bowenwork is a deep sense of overall relaxation, relief from muscular tension and pain and a heightened sense of well being.
Dr. Rowen’s Second Opinion Newsletter (July ’03), headlined Bowenwork therapy as “the gentlest, most effective pain therapy ever.” Prevention Magazine describes Bowenwork as “the only bodywork technique that is effective in treating fibromyalgia”. O, the Oprah Magazine (July ’04), names Bowenwork as one of “the most innovative body therapies.”