What is Bowen Technique

What is Bowen Technique?

Bowen is a soft tissue technique where the therapist makes a rolling move over precise points of the body, working over muscles, fascia, ligaments and nerves. This sends neurological impulses to the brain, creating a vibrational pattern that re-aligns the muscular-skeletal system, improving muscle flexibility, movement and posture.

Bowen can relax and relieve stress, as it works mainly via the autonomic nervous system, therefore producing good results by penetrating to a deep cellular level. It is also balancing to all the systems of the body.

rolling move over precise point

What to expect from a bowen treatment?

Practitioners treat clients either wearing thin clothes or underwear, you will be covered using towel technique similar to massage at all times. Benefits can be seen from 1 to 3 sessions, but relief can be felt immediately.

There is NO forceful manipulation. Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the changes it requires and over the week the body responds to the treatment and readjusts safely according to its needs.

Pauses are inserted between sets of moves as it allows the brain time to integrate and process the treatment. The therapist may stay in the room or leave the room to reduce interference with the healing process.

It is mostly very relaxing experience, you may encoutner a number of sensations and reactions during the treatment, such as changes in pain, movement of pain, feeling a change in symptoms, change in temperature, it is often a unique experience for each person. 

Relaxing treatment for health care

How does it work?

Bowen influences the body through the connective tissue known as fascia. Fascia plays a major role in muscle coordination, postural alignment, and overall structural and functional integrity.

A Bowen treatment aims to help the body as a whole – helping bring the body back into balance, while also addressing the injury/pain site.

Posture and compensatory patterns are also assessed, to ensure the problem has a higher chance of staying resolved.

An example below of side effects when the pelvis is out of alignment.

Pelvis misalignment bowen


What can it help?

This treatment is perfect for those that have musculoskeletal discomfort, misalignments, exercise/sports injury, a previous injury that never fully resolved, tension, want some support with your posture and in need of some relaxation too! Bowen can be supportive for all, from newborns up to the elderly.

  • Back pain & Sciatica

  • Neck & Shoulder Restrictions, including Frozen Shoulder

  • Digestive complaints including IBS

  • Migraines & Headaches

  • Pelvic Tilt/misalignment, uneven Foot Length

  • Knee, Ankle & Foot complaints

  • Hormonal Imbalances/Fertility complaints

  • Pre & Postoperative Recovery

  • Respiratory & Hayfever

  • RSI, Carpal Tunnel & Tennis Elbow

  • Sports injuries & Accident Injuries (can support realignment after accidents and falls)

  • Stress Reducing & Emotional Release from tissues & cells

  • TMJ & Jaw complaints

  • General wellness maintenance (Like for your car, you can do the same for your health and wellbeing)

Treatments available within Easton, Bristol and Bridport, Dorset at £35 for 1 hour. 

Booking details found here.

See also my Top Ten Benefits of Bowen blog too.

Self Care Tips

Self Care Tips

 

Relaxation

Relaxation is our natural state, like in nature, everything already is as it is and relaxation supports all of our body systems & mind to work at their best. A regular form of relaxation is a great way to provide self care and it can be whatever works and provides support to you. I love to take short moments of mind and body relaxation, which can be carried out anytime, anywhere, with nothing else needed, it is so easeful and the results are very quick and profound. It supports stability of mind no matter what we might think or feel. It is an ancient practice that has been developed for the modern day. This practice has ultimately supported me to see the best way to take care of the self. This is a pic of me below on a relaxation retreat, ahhhh super relaxed. See here for more info https://www.bright.how/

Exercise You Enjoy

Do something you actually enjoy, working out doesn’t need to look like pain and misery e.g. running for hours on the treadmill, do what is practical and will fit into your life, maybe a 7 minute workout each morning would work for you, or a Pilates class? There are many around and I personally love Sean Vigue pilates, he is on YouTube, so you just need a mat. I also love weight training with dumbbells to strengthen my muscles, I do a lot of massage so this helps to keep me strong & prevents injury. What about swimming, Kundalini Yoga or Hula Hooping!?

Food To Nourish You

Food can nourish body, mind & soul and different foods can support you at different times depending on what your body needs. There seems to be great awareness about the importance of eating for nutrients, it makes sense that each meal is full of goodies your body needs to heal & repair. I always say go with what you see you need to eat, if you listen to your body it will tell you. If you are like me and get hungry quickly, I do like to prepare a little with meal plans and snacks as this can support blood sugar levels. If you notice some foods don’t agree with you, test it out by not eating them for a few weeks and see how you respond, even better go and get some intolerance testing done here is a great lady I know which can help with that.

I love juicing, my favourite is apple, carrot & ginger, I also love raw choccie occasionally, here is my fav, yum yum!

Self care chocolate includedCarrot orange ginger juice

Office/Work Posture

How many hours a week, a month, a year do we spend doing the same actions repeatedly at work? If you are used to staring at a screen, give yourself little eye breaks every so often, by looking away into the distance, hopefully there will be something nice to look at too! Below is a suggested desk height posture, I use a portable adjustable laptop stand, but there are fixed stands available too. You can also get an iPad stand & a phone stand to save holding the item, its way more relaxing just try it! An ergonomic mouse really supports my wrists and a good chair is a great help too, here are some supportive chair options.

Self care correct posture working at desk

Earthing Mat & Electromagnetic Chips

I love Wifi and the benefits of the internet & I am often seen with at least two devices! Yet I also give myself down time away from the screen, this can look like doing something else that you love, maybe going for a walk by the sea. There is this idea that Wifi rays can not be so good for us and we do not really know the long term side effects of living with Wifi. The truth is I am not sure what to believe, but what I do know is I love to take care and it feels supportive for me to sleep on an earthing mat and I buy earthing chips which can be stuck on all your devices too. I do not need to intellectually understand how this works but it feels a supportive thing to do and I share it here so you can read more and go for it if you would like to.

Fresh Air

Weather countryside, forest, sea air or just a walk away from your work at lunchtime, it really supports you in all ways to take time out. Sometimes it can be tempting to feel too busy to stop, but ultimately time away restores and provides clarity so you might even come back with more ooomp to finish off the task you started. Also the extra O2 and exercise will support circulation.

Blue sky fresh air self care

Saunas

Yippee for saunas, sweating out toxins, easing up joint ache, limbering up muscles, flushing toxins, cleansing the skin, helping to support the immune system and a good recovery post workout. I also heard it can make your hair shinier by allowing the sebaceous glands on the scalp to secrete! Wahoo. I also sneak in Eucalyptus or Peppermint oil to add even more of a kick, breathing in all the antibacterial goodness. See below some benefits of Eucalyptus oil. 

Health benefits eucalyptus self care tips

Bed Time!

We spent a vast amount of time in bed over our lifetime, please invest in a good quality pillow and mattress that will support to keep your spine aligned. Also how do you wind down for bed? I love to relax in short moments which supports me to feel calm and when I remember, I naturally reflect on the day and all the things I enjoyed. It is when we are asleep that the body gets a chance to reset, so do take care of yourself here. 

Comfortable sleeping position self care

Relaxing Treatments

We all need an MOT, like our cars, to prevent and maintain good health there are so many amazing treatments to support you! I offer treatments in Bowen Technique, which is great for healing injuries new or old, it realigns fascia, which is an amazing sticky tissue surrounding all our joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. I find after a Bowen treatment, I train better at the gym, as my posture is straighter and I have better movement of my muscles and joints. Aromatherapy massage and Reflexology are also great for supporting tense muscles too, using bespoke essential oils to match your health needs. 

Relaxing treatment self care tips

Thanks for reading, please take care of yourself you little precious beings

Emily xx

 

Top 10 Benefits of Bowen Technique

Top 10 Benefits of Bowen Technique

  1. Relaxation
  2. Improves posture
  3. Heals injuries
  4. Benefits fascia  
  5. Reduces muscular tension
  6. Provides realignment
  7. Increases circulation and immunity
  8. Promotes sleep
  9. Stress reliever
  10. Supportive for all ages

What is Bowen Technique?

Bowen Technique is a soft tissue technique where rolling moves are made over precise points of the body, working over muscles, fascia, ligaments and nerves, providing alignment, reducing pain, improving muscle flexibility, movement and posture.

Top 10 Benefits!

1 Relaxation

When was the last time you took an hour to completely relax and give yourself an opportunity to recharge? Bowen is incredibly relaxing, allowing the body to initiate its own healing mechanism, how incredible we already are!

2 Improves posture

An incredible side effect is that you feel and appear taller and straighter after a Bowen session and more aware of your posture.  The most important thing you can do is give yourself permission to relax and hang loose in whatever way works for you. However, some of us need a little encouragement from time to time and this is fine.

“I don’t know how it happened, but I am experiencing less pain and I feel much more aware of my posture too, I just feel straighter and find it harder to slouch when I am on my computer, thank you!”  

Katie HR manager Bristol  

3 Heals injuries

It is common for previous injuries to be supported, reduce pain and help prevent further injury. During a treatment, precise moves are made by the therapist over muscles, fascia, ligaments and nerves, sending neurological impulses to the brain, creating a vibrational pattern that re-aligns the musculoskeletal system to its original state, thus old or new injuries are worked upon.

4 Benefits fascia  

Fascia is a three-dimensional web, that is ever-flowing and uninterrupted. It envelopes the entire body, connecting our superficial skin layer to the deepest tissues. When fascia is restricted it has an effect on our complete health, affecting not just muscular and skeletal health, but nerve capacity, gland and organ function and our general well being. Over time repeated movements, trauma or poor posture can cause sticking and tightness, Bowen supports to release any tension and provide a balance through working directly upon fascia.

Fascia lines image

5 Reduces muscular tension

Bowen is amazing at easing up knots & tension through deep cellular relaxation. There is NO forceful manipulation. Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the changes it requires and over the week after a treatment, the body responds and readjusts safely according to its needs.

6 Provides realignment

If your jaw, shoulder, hip, pelvis, sacral joint, ankle, back or knee is out of alignment, it will affect your movement and the rest of your body, if it isn’t now, it may lead to future discomforts. Bowen provides gentle realignment, which the body is able to hold, releasing pain and compensation patterns.  The improvement can hold for weeks, months, years or indefinitely, depending on the individual and their lifestyle.

7 Increases circulation and immunity

Increase in circulation brings rich blood supply to damaged, stiff, and tense muscles and supports blood to flow into tissues. As a result, this action improves the lymph fluid circulation, which carries metabolic waste products away from internal organs and muscles. In turn, this results in lower blood pressure levels and improved overall body function.

8 Rebalances you & promotes sleep

The theory of what makes Bowen Technique effective is that it connects the mind and body through nerves and receptors. The moves performed by the therapist are designed to create a restoration of the structural integrity between the brain and the body, thus reducing discomfort and restoring a harmonic balance.

Lady sleeping well relaxation treatments

9 Stress reliever

Because you deserve some relaxation and timeout when was the last time you didn’t feel stressed? How do you manage stress? I tell you a secret, finding something that relaxes you is key to good health. Bowen can relax and relieve stress, as it works via the autonomic nervous system, producing good results by penetrating to a deep cellular level. 

10 Is super supportive for all ages

Bowen Technique can be supportive for all, from newborns up to the elderly. It works in a gentle but powerful way that involves no heavy manipulation. Benefits can be seen from only 1 to 3 sessions, but relief can be felt immediately.

Bowen Technique available in Easton, Bristol and near Bridport Dorset.

Pricing £35 for 1 hour.

Caring For Your Muscles

Caring For Your Muscles

 

Caring for your muscles Bowen sports therapy

 

1 Get Moving & Stretch Post Workout

We’ve all heard how beneficial exercise is to body, mind & soul, well in my experience it does bring a lot of joy and support health, but the key is finding something you enjoy, the gym isn’t for everyone! I tried to find an online link to stretches that I find supportive, but no one routine is right for everyone, so here are some of my favourite stretches.

I recommend tailoring your choice of stretches to what feels right for your body and to what feels comfortable, do not force the range of movement but relax into it. Hold each stretch for at least 20 seconds, don’t forget to breathe! I warm up before exercise with core strengthening, or cycling, then stretch after a full workout, I would love to know what works for you?

 

2 Epsom Salts

Otherwise known as Soda Crystals are a naturally-occurring product filtered and refined through unique heat processing to maximise their benefits. First popularised by athletes and sportsmen, now more and more people are using them to relieve swollen joints and ease sprains, strains and aching muscles after exercise or physical exertion. Great in a bath to relieve aching muscles, or with a bandage to reduce joint swellings. Word of caution can be slippy when getting out of the bath, also it is suggested to not soak in a bath with Epsom salts, longer than 20-minutes. 

 

3 Saunas

I do love to feel warm and to be honest, I get super excited to go for a treat to the steam & sauna, especially when It’s cold, rainy and grey outside. My joints feel supported from going and I have felt less cold this winter, with fewer colds. Other benefits can include flushing toxins, cleansing the skin, helping to support the immune system and a good recovery post workout.

I also heard it can make your hair shinier by allowing the sebaceous glands on the scalp to secrete! Like I need any more reasons to go as it’s so nice to be warm yippeee!

 

Relaxing Mind & Body

www.balancedview.org is an amazing support network to relax body and mind in an easeful way. This has supported me to find ultimate health, a balance that sees clearly that this physical body is ageing and ‘temporary’ yet the great care to maintain its use, to be of benefit, for as long as possible. How you choose to take of you, is for you to discern, as i said before, we do not need to all go to the gym to be fit, yes that can support, but it’s your choice!

 

Supportive Posture

We all do it, slouchy tired posture, stressed out tense posture, but it’s great for preventing injuries to be mindful of your posture in a relaxed way. Great to hang loose in whatever way works for you, we are not all supposed to be straight bolt upright, but it’s often small habits over time that may contribute to an injury.

 

6 Nutrition Support

Listen in to what your body is asking for, as our natural intelligence will tell us. We have all heard about drinking water and the importance of keeping hydrated, it does contribute towards supporting our muscular vehicles to function fully, although no need to force tons of H20 down.

The foods you eat before a workout can play an important role in pre-empting the tissue-rebuilding process once the workout is over. I’m my experience I find it best to eat something small pre-workout such as a green juice or berry smoothie, I then have a healthy protein meal with greens around 20 minutes after a workout.

Omega 3,6 & 9, either taken in a capsule or through omega-rich foods (walnuts, oily fish, soya beans, chia seeds, flaxseeds) according to this source can reduce muscle soreness and increase muscle recovery, whoo!

Eat your greens fun image for self care muscle support

7 Supportive Treatments!

We all need an MOT, like our cars, at least once a year! To prevent and maintain good health there are so many amazing treatments to support you! I offer treatments in Bowen Technique, which is great for healing injuries new or old, it realigns fascia, which is an amazing sticky tissue surrounding all our joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. I find after a Bowen treatment, I train better at the gym, as my posture is straighter, aligned and I have better movement of my muscles and joints. Aromatherapy and massage are great for supporting tense muscles too, using bespoke essential oils to match your health needs.

Thanks for reading, happy muscles!

 

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