How does it work?
Bowen Therapy is a gentle and non-invasive treatment that provides a very relaxing feeling for the patient. The Bowen Technique addresses 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 stimulation. Today, many people live in a constant state of stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation, the so called "fight or flight mode". Healing can only take place after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance, the "rest and repair mode". Bowen Technique promotes that shift. It asks the body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring it back into balance.
Many times, during a session, the client drops into deep relaxation or falls asleep, which is a shift towards a 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.
The very light Bowen moves have a profound effect on our body's continuous connective tissue, composed mainly by collagen fibres, called fascia. Fascia plays a major role in muscle co-ordination, postural alignment and overall structural integrity. All of these are negatively affected when the fascia stiffens, contracts or dehydrates.
Bowen affects the fascia directly through encouraging hydration
Bowen stimulates nerve and blood supply by creating more fluidity in the surrounding connective tissue
Bowen aids relaxation and allows the body to switch from a "fight or flight mode" to a relaxed "rest and repair mode"
Bowen affect the body receptors to allow long-term changes in posture, influence in the immune system and pain perception
For more information: www.bowen-technique.co.uk