Bowenwork® is a gentle, holistic, hands-on healthcare everyone can benefit from. Bowen is a type of body work developed in the 1950s, which has been growing globally ever since. It places attention on the connective tissue known as fascia, targeting certain points on the body with gentle rolling movements. This helps rebalance, reduce pain, and increase function and wellbeing.
Bowen is a unique therapy that helps anything from traumatic injury, chronic illnesses, developmental delay and everyday stress. By helping to reset the nervous system, Bowen activates the immune system and stimulates the bodies innate healing ability.
How does it work?
Bowen therapy works with the proprioceptor system in the body, which is the feedback loop from the muscles and tissue to the brain and back to the body. These are our body’s sensors that tell us how our body is doing.
The stretch-roll-release movement of the treatment stimulates a brain response. The brain sends back a message to the tissue to normalise it, ideally to take it back to its original blueprint from the time of conception. In this way, Bowenwork stimulates the nervous system to reset itself, activate the immune system and stimulate the body’s innate healing ability.
What can Bowen help with?
Since Bowenwork is a whole body therapy, it has the potential to help any condition. It affects internal organ systems, the musculo-skeletal structure and the emotional part of us. Bowenwork takes the body out of stress mode and puts it into relax, rest and repair mode, which is the body’s natural healing state. It helps improve the overall wellbeing and balance of the body.
You can find our further information about how it works on the Bowen Association website
Can Bowen Therapy help during pregnancy and after birth?
Bowen can be beneficial at every stage, from pre-conception, with morning sickness, and the extreme of this, hyperemesis, and also with the many other effects of growing a baby. It is equally as important following a birth and for the resolution of pelvic girdle pain.
Mothers who spend a lot of time breastfeeding value work on their head, neck, shoulders and arms as these areas of the body become fatigued over many hours spent in repetitive positions.
What can I expect in a session?
Bowen uses extremely gentle touch performed over the top of clothes. It is received while lying down, or can also be carried out while seated.
A treatment consists of a series of gentle rolling moves with frequent pauses giving the body time to benefit from each set. Practitioners treat the body as a whole or can target a specific problem, as they are able to pinpoint stress buildup in muscle groups and then release it.
It is not painful, infact many people say it is incredibly relaxing and often sends them to sleep.
Will I need to undress?
Bowen is received whilst lying on a couch wearing a light layer of clothing. It can also be done seated.
What techniques are used?
Techniques vary depending on your individual body. These are some of the most common:
- Deep, probing, engaged work
- Light, rhythmic soothing touch
- Invigorating movement and stretches
- Gentle, still, balancing holds
- Breath work
How much does it cost?
- £55 for 50 minutes
Special Offer – June 2017 – 3 sessions for the price of 2.
Contact the Alma Vale Centre here
to find out more about Bowen Therapy