A treatment consists of a series of gentle rolling moves with frequent pauses, when the therapist leaves the room for a couple of minutes, giving the body time to benefit from each set. The treatment is very relaxing, and some patients fall asleep. There is no manipulation or forced bone adjustments.
What should I wear?
Treatment is usually done on skin, wearing undergarnments, however it can be done throught light clothing if the client prefers. During treatment you will be covered with towels and, if necessary, a blanket. Clients are propperly drapped at all times during the treatment. The patient is invited to lay down on a therapy table, however due to difficulties in mobility and other restrictions, some patients may also receive treatment on a chair.
How long does a session take?
Usually a Bowen session lasts no more than an hour. The first treatment, includes a consultation, and additional time is taken to understand your situation, take a detailed history and conduct assessments.
How many sessions do I need?
Most people will have responses within three to four sessions, when even long standing pain has been seen to be relieved in many clients. Some conditions might need to be treated more often, but in either case it is recommended that clients return for regular treatments every six to eight weeks to maintain optimum health.
The Bowen Technique is not a substitute for medical advice. You should not stop any medication you have been prescribed unless your doctor tells you to do so. The Bowen Technique will not interfere with any medication you are taking.
Who can be treated?
It is safe to use on anyone, men and women of all ages, from newborn to the elderly. It is also really beneficial for pregnant women and for those who are unable to receive more invasive or forceful treatments.
During the days following a Bowen session It is advised to drink plenty of water to hydrate your body. It is also important, especially on the day of the treatment to not stay uninterrupted in a sitting position longer than about 30 minutes at a time. It is advised to spend as much time walking as you reasonably can. Go for a minimum of 15 - 30 minutes per day. Stay in touch with your therapist and return for additional treatments to maintain optimal health.
It should be noted that receiving other manipulative therapies immediately following a Bowen session can undermine the effectiveness of the Bowen work. It is better to wait a week before starting any other treatments. However, if this is not possible, please discuss this with your therapist for a tailored programme.