Bowen Fascial Release Therapy is a simple, gentle and effective form of body work. The practitioner uses fingers and thumbs to make a series of precise, rolling-type moves over muscles and tendons. During the treatment there are a series of short breaks; this is one of the major differences with physiotherapy or massage. The practitioner leaves the room for a few minutes and the client is left to rest allowing their body to respond to the gentle moves that have been performed. This gives the body time to make subtle and fine adjustments, which help to rebalance, relieve tension and reduce pain without interference or the confusion of too much information to deal with at once. It is these features that make Bowen Therapy unique.
Bowen Therapy can be performed through light, soft stretchy clothing so there is no need to undress.
Bowen Therapy is suitable for all ages from new born to the elderly including children and adults.
History of Bowen Therapy
Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong, Australia developed his own technique in the 1950's having a thriving practice until he died. It was introduced to the United Kingdom in 1992.
Tom Bowen's parents emigrated to Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, from Wolverhampton in the early 1900's. He left school at 14 years of age to work as a labourer eventually becoming a general hand at the local cement works. It was while he was there that he started to treat people after work, and later in a rented house in Geelong. He had a very relaxed practice, clients coming in, taking a number, and waiting their turn. He could treat fourteen clients an hour, mainly because there was little chat (he was very deaf) and because he could 'see' their problems at a glance. He developed his technique over the years. He said that the only study he had undertaken was from books he found useful and that all he learned was self taught. As well as being able to 'see' what was wrong with the client and where the problem stemmed from he could also tell if the client had treatment from someone else and would then refuse to continue treatment. Commonly clients would walk out in the same pain as they had arrived with, but he understood that as he had started the process of healing the body would then take over.
Over Tom Bowen's years of practice he had people come in to observe and learn, six of these known as 'Tom's boys' went on to share and pass on this knowledge.
What can Bowen Therapy help?
A Bowen practitioner does not diagnose but treats the whole body to enable healing, as a result many additional problems may be resolved alongside the presenting complaint. The aim is to balance the whole person not just the symptoms.
Common presentations include:
Testimonials for many conditions including those above can be found on the BTPA website
Practically any problem can potentially be addressed and some people use Bowen Therapy as a means of stress management and health maintenance, seeing their therapist regularly 2-4 times a year. Sports people also use regular treatments to help prevent, as well as to treat injuries.
Bowen has also been found to be supportive in pregnancy and following child birth. Many of the uncomfortable symptoms such as morning sickness and backache respond well. This technique can be very adaptable in it's approach and the client can be treated sitting or standing as well as lying on a couch, the comfort of the client is paramount.
How many treatments do I need?
As a general rule acute conditions respond more quickly than chronic ones, but in most cases the client should feel a change within 2 - 3 treatments and 4 treatments in total would probably be sufficient. This would change if there was a re injury during this time or it is a long standing condition that requires maintenance. If the client does not feel any benefit or the therapist thinks Bowen is unsuitable, treatments would stop and alternative avenues discussed.
It is important to note that the client should avoid any other complementary therapies including physiotherapy, osteopathy or acupuncture during a course of Bowen treatment. This is because, as mentioned earlier, the body has to take on board the messages and respond without the confusion of too much information. The body will continue to work with the Bowen moves for at least 3 days and this is why the optimum time between the first 3 treatments is 1 week.
PLEASE NOTE We do not diagnose and Bowen Therapy is not a substitute for medical treatment. If you have any health concerns please consult your doctor or other suitably qualified medical professional for advice.
Booking a treatment
Treatments are available in Hinxworth mainly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Treatments cost £35 or a concessionary rate of £25, children under 12 are free.
Please feel free to call, text or email me if you would like to discuss whether Bowen therapy is for you, at any time.
When you have booked you will be sent a confirmation of the appointment and a leaflet with what to expect and directions. It is advisable to book 2 or 3 treatments initially so that your response to the treatment can be assessed.