What is Bowen Therapy and How Can It Help You?
The Bowen technique was developed in Geelong, Australia during the 1950s by Tom Bowen. The concept behind Bowen therapy is to treat the body as a whole. The Bowen technique is an alternative form of bodywork that utilises gentle rolling motions to help heal muscles and tendons and address pain. Our clients at Brisbane Livewell Clinic are amazed at its effectiveness. We offer Bowen Therapy Brisbane practitioners at Wavell Heights, & Cannon Hill clinics.
The Technique is Simple, Yet Powerful
Bowen Therapy is a gentle non-invasive, hands-on therapy which can be highly effective on acute and chronic conditions for athletes and all people with musculoskeletal and nervous system concerns. A series of small specific ‘rolling’ moves over key muscles and tendons assist your body to return to its balanced state of being pain-free and relaxed. Your body knows what it needs to do to heal itself; Bowen Therapy initiates this process.
Our muscles are surrounded and permeated with a weblike structure called ‘fascia’ which essentially holds our muscles and skeleton together. The ‘rolling’ Bowen moves signal the fascia to return to their original relaxed state, and thus the muscle is returned as well. Bowen Therapy works on our nervous system by promoting the ‘parasympathetic’ (rest and digestion) aspect of our Autonomic nervous system – thus further promoting a relaxed body and mind to achieve Homeostasis (the bodies ability to heal itself).
A typical Bowen Therapy session is also very relaxing as one of the many ways it helps is by working with the body’s nervous system, assisting it to switch from sympathetic (SNS) to the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). The SNS controls the body’s responses to a perceived threat and is responsible “the fight or flight” response, including stress and anxiety. Whilst PNS controls homeostasis and the body at rest and is responsible for the rest and digest function. This switch in the nervous system enables not only relaxation but healing too.
Bowen Therapy Brisbane is suitable for absolutely anyone and is completely safe for newborn babies through to the elderly and continues to be profoundly effective on athletes as well. The best ‘Bowen moves’ are performed directly on the skin, however modest and professional draping of clients is practised. Bowen Therapy can also be performed through light clothing (not heavy cotton or lycra). Your Bowen Therapist will work with what is comfortable for you.
Can the Bowen Technique help me?
The original Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and is considered appropriate for anyone from pregnant women to newborn babies, the frail and the elderly. It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending upon each individual’s capacity to heal. No adverse side effects have been reported.
The technique should be considered for:
- back pain and sciatica
- digestive and bowel problems including IBS
- ear-ache, ear infections and migraines
- fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
- knee, ankle and foot problems
- menstrual and hormonal irregularities
- neck/shoulder problems inc. frozen shoulder
- groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
- respiratory problems and hay fever
- RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- sports and accident injuries
Research Backs Up High Success Rates with the Bowen Technique
Studies have recently been conducted on the impact on Bowen Therapy on a wide variety of ailments ranging from fibromyalgia and migraines to asthma and Parkinson’s disease. This research consistently shows dramatic improvements. There is so much more that Bowen Therapy treatment works on. Please contact us to discuss your health concerns.
Please note that Bowen Therapy is not an electronically claimable modality in Australia; however, Private Health Claims can be processed directly through your health fund if Bowen Therapy is included in your cover. Bowen Therapy is a recognised modality through many of the major health funds; however, please contact your health fund to confirm. 10% Discount for Pensioners with valid Pension Card off Initial & Subsequent 1hr Consultations.