"I have done more, but felt less tired"
"I slept really well"
"My shoulder doesn't ache as much"
"I feel much more relaxed"
"When I'm driving, I can turn my neck [to check the traffic around me], without having to twist my whole body"
These are typical of the replies I hear when I ask clients how they have been since their previous treatment.
General aches and pains, muscle and sports injury, asthma, whiplash, frozen shoulder, hamstring strain, stress, chronic fatigue .....
These are some of the problems that have prompted people to turn to Bowen for help - and of course, some come just to maintain good health, and others just as a relaxing 'feel good' treat.
Click here to read about some people I have treated.
Bowen is a very gentle therapy that is suitable for all ages, from infants to the elderly. It is holistic, meaning that it treats the whole body. Its effect often appears to be to stimulate the body to 'reset' and 'repair'. Because of this, its usefulness is not restricted to any particular class of illness or injury; it may be helpful whatever difficulties you are experiencing with your health, and people suffering from an extremely wide range of symptoms have found it to be beneficial.
The body's response to it can be surprisingly powerful for such a gentle stimulus. Many people find the treatment profoundly relaxing.
People come for Bowen therapy for a very wide range of reasons.
Everyday aches and pains.
Many of us suffer from non-specific symptoms of day to day living - the tiredness, lack of energy, and general aches and pains that are often considered to be normal effects of ageing. However, these may be signs of muscle tension arising from stress, poor posture, bad habits, or incomplete resolution of old injuries. Release of this tension may make you feel less tired, and offer relief from nagging stiffness and aching.
Muscle and sports injury.
Musculo-skeletal injury is a common and painful occurrence. People from all walks of life including professional athletes have found their discomfort has eased after treatment. We believe that Bowen can assist in the healing process, and sometimes even long-standing problems have been resolved. Treatment of the body as a whole may also reduce knock-on effects that might build up as the body tries to compensate for reduced function of the injured part. For example, limping from a sprained ankle may result in a habit of lopsided walking, which in turn may provide a potential cause of future back pain. Common reasons for seeking help from Bowen include back and neck pain, frozen shoulder, whiplash injury, ankle, knee, elbow and wrist pain, hamstring strain, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, RSI.
Chronic medical conditions.
During treatment of the whole body by Bowen, people often report that symptoms of chronic conditions such as asthma, eczema, hayfever, stress, migraine, irritable bowel, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and so on, have reduced.
A baby's body may sometimes have difficulty in adapting after the demands and trauma of birth. Bowen is very gentle and completely safe for babies, and certainly worth considering if your baby is very fretful or colicy.
The growing, developing body undergoes major changes from birth through to adolescence and maturity. Glue ear, bed wetting, autism, behavioural issues and learning difficulties are all examples of reasons for parents seeking Bowen for thier children.
Correct function of the jaw and neck is important in determining the structural balance of the whole body. Bowen may be useful during courses of dental or orthodontic work which place stress on these vulnerable areas.
Pre- and post-operative.
Surgery places strong demands on the body's resources for healing. Bowen may be used both before and after surgery.
What should I expect?
Bowen can be carried out through light clothing such as T-shirt and leggings or jogging pants.
A series of gentle 'rolling' moves are made with fingers and thumbs across key muscle locations; frequent rest breaks are given to allow the body time to respond. This commonly produces a sense of deep relaxation.
Each session last approximately one hour.
An intial course of 2-3 treatments is recommended. In some cases this may be sufficient. Where the problem is of a long-standing nature further treatments and occasional top up 'maintenance' treatments might be needed to provide the best relief.
It is not uncommon to experience some initial tiredness, with maybe a little aching, and flu-like symptoms as the body responds and changes. However, this normally passes very quickly. I always suggest avoiding vigorous exercise on the day of the treatment in order to give the best possible chance for the therapy to take effect. Gentle movement, and attention to maintaining hydration through drinking proper amounts of water are especially important at this time.