The Bowen Technique or Bowen therapy is a type of very gentle physical manipulation of connective tissue and fascia which is helpful for musculo-skeletal problems in particular, but also underlying discomfort. It is a therapy with an excellent track record working with children on the autistic spectrum.
A Bowen session typically involves very distinctive gentle rolling and releasing motions applied at very precise points on the body using the fingers and thumbs on the skin covering the muscles, tendons and fascia. The move is designed to stimulate the underlying tissue and nerve pathways, creating a focus for the brain. After a set of moves the therapist leaves the client for a break of 2 minutes before returning to make further sets of moves as indicated by the body’s reaction to the previous moves. These short breaks are the essential ingredient of a Bowen treatment during which the healing process starts. It is a therapy working in a subtle way with delicate tissues where less is definitely more.
Although musculoskeletal problems such as frozen shoulder, back and neck pain account for the majority of conditions brought for Bowen treatment, it can also be helpful with more organic problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome. Clients have reported significant improvements with asthma, migraines, irritable bowel, infertility and other reproductive problems. It is useful in ‘reconnecting’ some children on the autistic spectrum.
Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) www.bowentherapy.org.uk
All BTPA full members are eligible to apply to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) which is approved by the Department of Health.