Bowen Technique Bristol – What is Bowen Technique
What is Bowen Technique?
Bowen Technique 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.
What to expect from a Bowen treatment?
A Bowen treatment can give immediate relief and you will experience benefits over a very short course of treatments, as little as 1 to 3 sessions.
Practitioners will treat you over thin clothes or underwear and you will be covered using towel techniques similar to traditional massage at all times. There is NO forceful manipulation.
Pauses are inserted between sets of rolling moves to give the brain time to integrate and process the treatment. This is when Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the changes it requires. Each pause allows the body to hold the adjustments for longer, ‘the body prefers a whisper to a shout’ and in the week after your treatment, the body continues to respond and re-adjust safely according to its needs.
During the pauses, your therapist may stay or choose to leave the room to reduce interference with the healing process. It is a relaxing experience and unique for each person. You may encounter a number of sensations and reactions during your treatment such as changes in pain, movement of pain, feeling a change in symptoms or change in temperature
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.
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!
Back pain & Sciatica
Neck & Shoulder Restrictions, including Frozen Shoulder
Migraines & Headaches
Pelvic Tilt/misalignment, uneven Foot Length
Knee, Ankle & Foot complaints
Hormonal Imbalances/Fertility complaints
Pre & Postoperative Recovery
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)