What is Bowen therapy?
Perhaps you may have heard of the Bowen technique or therapy before, and you’re just wondering what exactly Bowen therapy is. Well, it’s a therapy in its own right — a drug-free, non-invasive form of treatment that uses hands-on treatment, which is usually administered while the patient is lying down but can also be seated if required.
The Bowen technique relieves stress at a deeper level, thus it prompts the body to start re-aligning its own tissues, addressing imbalance in functions as well as chemical composition. As a result of this, the body is able to achieve homeostasis.
The technique can help patients treat a wide range of symptoms, whether physical or emotional, and is fit for people of all ages, ranging from babies, to the elderly.
Understanding how Bowen therapy Works
The body has soft tissues known as fascia in medical terms. This is group of connective tissues form a special 3-dimentional web, which surrounds every tissue inside the human body.
Fascia is considered the body organizer, as it embraces bones, muscles, arteries, veins and nerves. In other words, if any group of fascia dysfunctions, then it can affect every structure, organ, nerve or muscle of the body.
It contains a rich network of receptors that play an important role within the body’s neuro-muscular physiology.
Recent studies have also shed some light on fascia and how they work, thus we’re able to appreciate Bowen therapy and its effects on the human body.
It is also important to note that practitioners of this technique don’t diagnose, prescribe or even alter medication.
Where does Bowen therapy originate?
The name comes from the founder, an Australian named Tom Bowen, who lived between 1916 and 1982 in Geelong. In his career, he started by treating aches, injuries and pains of his friends, family and local sportsmen.
In the 1960s, he officially opened his clinic. In the 70s, the Webb Report noted that Tom Bowen was treating more than 10,000 people annually.