Bowen Therapy is a complementary, holistic therapy which is considered to be one of the fastest growing therapies in Europe. It is suitable for anyone, of any age and level of fitness (including pregnant women), and can help with a wide range of ailments ranging from muscular-skeletal problems to migraines. Bowen can also have a calming effect on conditions such as Parkinsons, and is the perfect choice for people who want to relax and de-stress.
One of the key aims of Bowen is to ease tensions and bring the body into balance. This can have huge benefits for sport (aiding recovery, helping prevent injury and enhancing performance) and for the elderly (avoiding trips and falls).
Bowen is often referred to as the 'gentle' therapy. The pressure used is modified for each individual and is therefore ideal for babies and children.
Is Bowen for me?
As a Bowen Therapy client, you'll be following in the footsteps of Bear Grylls, Henry Wyndham (ex-Antiques Roadshow), the Leeds Rhinos and James Ellison (motorbike world champion), amongst others.
For the majority of people, the benefits of Bowen can be long-lasting and even life-changing.
One treatment may be all it takes, but most therapists will advise booking three sessions and then review any changes which have taken place and discuss next steps.
How does it work?
The unique Bowen moves are made primarily over soft tissue, creating a vibration along the fascia (connective tissue). This generates neurological impulses and creates a 'dialogue', alerting the brain to areas of concern and interrupting pain cycles from old injuries. These moves are also used to assess, seek out and help correct areas of tension and imbalance.
Bowen doesn't use force, but allows the body to achieve its own optimum level by making gentle adjustments, aiding relaxation and encouraging self-healing.
Bowen Therapist Chris Read explains more here
What can I expect?
Bowen appointments generally last between 40 minutes and an hour on average, with short pauses during the session. These allow the body to further relax and the brain to absorb the information received and initiate the healing process.
Your therapist will give you more information about your appointment prior to the session.