(also known as Bowtech, Bowen, the Bowen technique) is a gentle, manual therapy.
I have helped clients with many types of injuries and health issues, both acute and chronic; including stress, headache, back pain, neck pain, anxiety, sciatic pain, TMJ issues, wrist pain, tingling, numbness, digestive complaints and more. I also work with clients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Parkinsons, M.S., Chronic Fatigue and concussion.
With well over twenty years in Holistic Health, my goal is to help clients realign to a healthy balanced state. Though I began as a massage therapist, the effectiveness of Bowenwork caused me to convert my practice to Bowen.
Bowenwork can provide relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic. Bowenwork utilizes subtle inputs to the body (known as moves), stimulating the body to heal itself, often profoundly. It does so holistically, via the body's innate healing mechanisms. The Bowen moves deliver signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves), and the body responds in its own time, within its vital capacity. For some this is immediate, for others it takes time. Almost everyone notices some type of change immediately.
While there are a few, very specific situations in which a particular 'procedure' is contraindicated, Bowen Technique is appropriate for people of all ages, in all degrees of health.
A typical Bowen session lasts 60 minutes. This is usually done with the client lying on a massage table. However, Bowen can be done for someone sitting in a chair or wheelchair.
A 'session' involves one or more 'procedures', each of which consists of several sets of 'moves'. The moves are gentle, but purposeful, and can be done through light clothing. Between each set of moves, there is a pause to allow the body time to process and respond.
While many feel an immediate relief from pain, a deeper response can occur after the first night's sleep. The body usually continues to respond to the Bowen session over several days. Because of this, other forms of manipulative therapy are discouraged for up to five days after a session, as they may interfere with the effectiveness of the work.
If you have an acute injury, it may be effective to apply the work to address only the traumatized areas, since there has been little time to compensate for, and accommodate to, the injury. However, if your condition has developed over many years, patterns of dysfunctional muscle recruitment and posture may have become entrenched over time. In these cases, it is necessary to take a more 'whole-body' approach to facilitate optimal alignment and recovery.
Rather than focusing on a single complaint, Bowen Technique can address 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, flight or freeze mode). Healing can occur after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax and repair mode). Bowen Technique enables that shift. During a session, the client often drops into deep relaxation or falls asleep, and loud peristalsis (digestion) may be heard. Both of these changes are indications of a profound release from stress and a shift towards parasympathetic influence. This shift could explain, in part, the common observation that a Bowen Technique session seems to reactivate the recovery process in situations where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.
Receiving Bowenwork can be profoundly calming to the nervous system.
This can be beneficial for stress, anxiety, Parkinsons, M.S. and Concussion
My clients range in age from infant to elderly.
Colic in babies
are just some of the issues Bowen can help with.
What to expect with a Bowen session:
Upon arrival you will be asked to fill out a health intake form. This will help me better understand what you have been and are going through and help tailor the session to your needs.
After we discuss your reason for coming, I will leave the room and allow you to dress down to your comfort level. The beauty of Bowen is that you can remain fully clothed if that is your comfort level. Regardless, you will be kept covered with a sheet during the whole session.
Once the session starts, I will perform a series of "moves" then step away from the table and allow your body time to process. I will return to perform more moves and then again allow your body time to process. This will continue until the session is complete.
How long is the session? The session is tailored to you, generally between 45-60 minutes
How often do I come? Your body can continue to shift and change up to ten days after a Bowen session. Sessions are usually 5-10 days apart with a week being most typical.