Where did it originate?
The Bowen Technique was pioneered by Thomas Ambrose Bowen, born in Geelong, Australia in 1916. Tom developed a great interest in body work. He began by observing sports trainers and others at work and by the time he was in his early 40’s, this gifted man had established a full time practice in remedial therapy using the technique he had developed.
What does the treatment involve?
The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points on the body to make gently rolling moves, which aim to disturb the muscles, tendons, soft tissue and energy within the body. The technique does not involve manipulations and is not a form of massage.
It is a non-invasive, holistic therapy that is non-intrusive, gentle and very effective. It can be performed through light clothing and each session lasts approximately 40-60 minutes. In many cases longstanding pain can be relieved in 2-3 sessions, although further treatments may be required in some situations. People who receive the therapy are amazed that a treatment, which feels so gentle, can be so effective.
The technique is safe for people of all ages and because it is so gentle, adults as well as children can be treated. The client has the opportunity to relax while the treatment is taking place. Overall, the treatment helps to rebalance the body, relieve tension and reduce pain.
How does it work?
The Bowen technique is a treatment that sets the body up to heal itself. The rolling Bowen moves over soft tissue, tendons and muscle, encourages re-balancing and re-alignment of the body. Apart from the initial improvement achieved during the therapy session, improved working of the circulation, lymphatics and muscle condition allows the self healing process to continue for several days following the treatment.
Three successive treatments are recommended at weekly intervals to encourage continuing improvement and achieve lasting relief from even long standing pain. Additional treatment may be required for complex conditions or if re-injury occurs.
One unusual feature of the technique is the short gaps during the treatment when the practitioner leaves the client to rest. Though often considered strange to people having the therapy for the first time, this is an important part of the technique allowing the body to rest and absorb the effects of the moves.
What conditions respond well to the Bowen Technique?
Musculo skeletal pain: Frozen shoulder/Shoulder pain/Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome/RSI/wrist & hand problems, TMJ Syndrome (jaw misalignment), Postural problems, Neck/whiplash injuries, Knee and hip restrictions/Foot & ankle problems, Back/pelvic & hip problems/knee/ankle/shin splints, Sciatica, Accident/sporting injuries/improved sporting performance, Muscle pain/sensitivity/numbness
Respiratory Problems: Asthma, Bronchitis, Hay Fever, Sinusitis
Digestive Disorders: Constipation, Colic, Indigestion, IBS
Also: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Migraine/Headaches, Tinnitus/Vertigo balance problems, Bed Wetting in Children
About Joan George
My therapies are designed to relax, rebalance and de-stress mind and body. I am passionate about the benefits of Holistic Therapies and I am pleased to offer treatments that can enhance and generate psychological and physical well-being. These tailor made treatments may benefit those with chronic conditions and can also work alongside conventional medicine to help alleviate symptoms of ill-health and promote a feeling of well-being. I have chosen to learn a variety of therapies in order to treat you holistically from head to toe! The therapies that I am qualified in are NST Bowen Therapy, Mindfulness, Reflexology, Bio-Energy Massage, Reiki, Indian Head Massage, EFT, Crystal Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, NLP and also offer Mindfulness, Emm-tech and Reiki workshops. I am fully insured and a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
About Sheila Hind
Since qualifying as a Bowen practitioner with the European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS) in March 2004, she has specialised in this particular therapy. As part of her continuous professional development she has attended ECBS Advanced Bowen courses and recently completed an ‘Extensions to Bowen’ course. The knowledge gained at this particular course has in many cases enabled the resolution of a wider range of client conditions and problems. In addition to her knowledge and interest in Bowen therapy, she also has an ITEC qualification in Stone massage and VTCT qualifications in reflexology and massage therapy. Prior to undertaking therapy work, Sheila used to work in science and engineering and has an HNC in chemistry.
Sheila and Joan are also qualified as a practitioners in the Emmett technique. The Emmett Technique is a unique body therapy technique created by an Australian, Ross Emmett. This treatment offers a way to help ease pain and discomfort and may benefit many conditions.
The technique involves the application of light pressure small moves at particular points and in sequences that enables
the gentle physical release of muscles groups. The treatment can be done through light garments and can be combined with Bowen which enhances the outcome of treatments.
Some of the symptoms which may be relieved using this technique :-
- Neck and shoulder discomfort
- Reduces headaches and sinus discomfort
- Assists back and hip discomfort
- Improves knee and ankle restrictions
- Aids forearm and grip strength
- Improves body symmetry and balance
- Increases lung capacity and body flexibility
For more information about Ross Emmett, visit www.rossemmett.com.au.
A case study of Bowen treatment for Stress, back neck pain
” I was first introduced to Bowen therapy by a friend at work. She was experiencing hip problems and said that she found that the technique worked in alleviating the pain and aiding her well-being. At the time I was suffering with an old recurring whip-lash injury. With a little caution, I decided to give it a whirl and after one session I found a marked improvement. After a return visit my symptoms completely disappeared.
The Bowen therapist that I had seen previously unfortunately no longer practises, so the next time I required treatment turned to the Bowen therapist at Cheshire Natural Health(CNH). This time I had just experienced a rather stressful period in my life, which caused my neck injury to return and further back complications.
The Bowen treatment experienced at CNH was far better than my previous treatments. The therapist treated me over a few months and my general health, stress, neck and back problems improved and I started to feel normal person again. Bowen is a great therapy that works with your whole body – and stimulates the body to heal itself. It is a gentle, but effective therapy. After a treatment session, it may be a few days before you feel the full effects, but the effects are noticeable in the problem area and your whole body feels restored.
I strongly recommend Bowen therapy at Cheshire Natural Health and so much so that family and friends also attend and all agree – it’s simply the best form of treatment.”
A case study of Bowen treatment for Stress, Lower back and Knee pain
After moving house in 2009 and doing a lot of lifting, I started to get severe lower back pain which was referring down my right leg manifesting itself as a constant throbbing in my knee and pins and needles in my foot.
At the time I worked for a company which had private medical cover so I was sent for a scan at the Spire hospital, Stretton. The scan showed that I had a L5-S1 perforated and herniated disc which was pushing onto my sciatic nerve.
The consultant recommended that I have physiotherapy which would be paid for under the medical cover. This physio was, at best, only slightly effective.
Over the next 3 years, my pain increased to the extent that I could no longer sit on the sofa at home, I found it excruciating to drive, I was waking up very early in the morning (3am) to lie on the floor because the pain was so bad, and I could not sit at my desk in work for longer than 10 minutes before I had to stand up and walk around.
I was getting quite fraught at this point, it was actually debilitating. Before the injury I was very active and flexible: I used to teach Southern Shaolin Kung Fu which I could no longer do, I could no longer go to the gym and so my health was deteriorating which had the knock on consequence of affecting mental health too – looking back, I was probably quite depressed.
Because I was in so much pain for so long, I was getting more and more difficult to live with due to lack of sleep, depression and the reduction in my quality of life. I was at the point of going to the doctors and requesting surgery to replace the disc – this was not ideal due to the complications associated with it like paralysis, it actually not reducing the pain etc.
By chance, in December 2012, my wife and I were watching Jonathan Ross and he was interviewing Bear Grylls who was talking about his life in the paratroopers. He explained that he had a severe back injury when landing after a parachute jump and that he some treatment which cured it. This led us to look on the internet about which treatment he had and we found out it was Bowen.
As a last ditch attempt to reduce my pain and hopefully not requiring me to go for surgery, we looked in the local area for Bowen therapists, and found Sheila Hind at Cheshire Natural Health so I booked myself in.
The first session involved an assessment – both verbal and physical – by Sheila to help her understand my level of pain and how best to treat me. She then started using the technique on me. At the end of the session, Sheila recommended I wait four weeks before coming back just to see how I got on. Sheila said that I may see initial improvement which may tail off.
A week after this first session, I was amazed to find that I was sleeping right through and not waking up in pain, I could sit on the sofa at home and my general wellbeing had improved by approximately 50%. The pain had not gone but it had significantly reduced. Towards the end of the fourth week I started to feel a bit more discomfort.
After the second session, I was approximately 80% better and could actually return to gentle exercise at the gym and very gentle stretching which gave me a mental boost with the added advantage of sleeping well, being able to drive without any pain and being able to sit on the sofa.
After the third session, I peaked at 100% better for about a week and fell back to 80% better where I stayed until my fourth session. Between the third and fourth session, Sheila recommended I gave it six weeks as opposed to four to see how I got on.
I am now on my sixth session with Sheila and have not gone below 90% better. My quality of life has improved significantly in terms of sleeping, activity, driving, and sitting at my desk in work. I feel indebted to Sheila and what she has done for me and I can’t overstate enough how much her skill at Bowen therapy has helped. My injury will never go away unless I have surgery so the best I can do is manage it. Sheila has given me the best way I have found of doing this and I will continue to go to her as and when I need Bowen.
Without a moments’ hesitation I would recommend Sheila Hind for Bowen therapy.
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