How can such a subtle, gentle approach relieve my painful condition?
- Many of the Bowenwork “moves” are done either at the origin, insertion or belly of the muscle where spindle cells and Golgi tendon organs are located; therefore the spinal reﬂex mechanisms are stimulated. This results in an alteration of the resting length of muscle tissue not only at the point the “move” was made, but also within the muscles of the corresponding dermatome and spinal reﬂex arc pathways. This explains how you get so much from such a gentle input.
- Fascia is fascinating! Fascia is a specific type of connective tissue that envelops every tissue in the body. It is the body organizer embracing all nerves, bones, arteries, veins and muscles. Fascia holds us together and upright by providing lines of stress/shock absorption and structural integrity. Therefore fascial dysfunction can affect every structure, muscle, nerve and organ in the body. It is rich in a range of receptors that powerfully influence the body’s neuro-muscular physiology. Many Bowenwork moves are done where there is an overlap of layers of fascia. These powerful moves can affect several layers at once helping to restore elasticity and unwind the many negative effects of chronic tension, immobility and stress.
- Acupuncture points and meridians: Most moves overlap acupuncture points and some actually cross two or three acupuncture meridians at once. Acupuncturists have correlated the indications and effects of Bowenwork moves with the corresponding acupuncture points. They have also commented on the immediate changes of the acupuncture pulses in response to moves or procedures. The overlap of these two systems could explain the very strong vibrational component of the technique and its effect on the internal organs.
- Integration time between moves. Who ever heard of a body worker leaving the room?! Yet this integration time is critical for long lasting results. Giving the brain time to receive and respond to the sensory (stretch receptors) information, to reset and rebalance muscle tension is an integral component of the success of Bowenwork.
- Gentle pressure on tissues allows your body to relax and “feel safe” in order to shift into “rest and digest” parasympathetic mode. If you are in pain, your body is on guard, protecting itself and in “fight or flight” sympathetic mode. Healing occurs when your body is operating in an environment of rest, repair, and digest.
Why haven’t I heard of it?
Bowenwork is in its infancy in the United States. Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) began developing his technique in the 1950s in Geelong, Australia. During his lifetime, the technique was only practiced in Australia. Mr. Bowen was extremely busy in his Geelong clinic, performing about 13,000 treatments a year. This was verified by the 1975 Victorian government inquiry into alternative health care professionals. Oswald Rentsch worked with Tom Bowen for many years and documented his work. After Bowen’s death and following his wishes not to let the technique be lost, Rentsch and his wife Elaine began to teach the technique internationally in the late 80s and introduced Bowenwork to the United States in the early 90s. Since then more than 26,000 practitioners in more than 40 countries have learned the technique.
How many sessions will I need and how can I prepare?
Three to five sessions, one week apart, are usually all that are required for most conditions and repetitive strain/sports injuries.Clients with more complex conditions usually improve with additional sessions and chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, may require ongoing maintenance sessions.Allow 75 minutes for the first session, to discuss your personal intake form. Subsequent sessions usually last about 45 minutes, although some may be shorter or longer, depending on what your body needs on a given day.Bowenwork is better done through light clothing, so the practitioner can easily palpate muscles and tendons. Please wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing or bring a pair of cotton knit gym shorts and a tank top or loose T-shirt to change into. You will be draped and covered at all times for privacy and warmth.
Bodywork manipulations such as massage or chiropractic will affect deep tissue, and counteract Bowenwork’s ability to stimulate healing from within the internal nervous system and the brain. It is advisable to allow a week between sessions of any other physical modalities and Bowenwork.
Increase your intake of water to encourage your body’s ability to eliminate toxins released by the muscles and connective tissue during and after the session.
What childhood conditions benefit from Bowenwork?*
From tiny newborns with colic/reflux to athletic teenagers with sports injuries/concussions, kids benefit GREATLY from Bowenwork. They are very in tune with their bodies and tend to be quick healers. Their bodies are so quick to respond that younger children do not require as much integration time so the sessions are shorter. Because of this children under 12, receive a significantly reduced rate. Once kids hit their teenage years and hormonal changes begin to occur, then I work with them more like I do adults and honor the pauses between procedures.
- Falls and Sports Injuries (sprains/strains, overuse)
- Growing Pains/Joint pain
- Bed-Wetting (specific 5-week protocol to enhance brain-bladder connection)
- Digestive Complaints
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Highly Emotional and Upset/Anxiety
- Trauma (physical and emotional)
*As with all holistic therapies, Bowenwork is not a cure for anything. Please give us a call if you have specific questions about your child, and be sure to consult with your child’s physician for any serious conditions or concerns.
What is a detox reaction?
- Aching muscles
- Mild nausea
- Mild headache
- Changes in sensation of temperature
- Minor changes in elimination
The best way to minimize discomfort is to increase the elimination of toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system. You can do this by:
- Increasing your water intake
- Walking 30 minutes each day in fresh air