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We'd like you to know a few things about the original Bowen Technique, Australia's unique form of bodywork

Here are some "FAQ's"

Why try Bowen?

Often clients come to the Bowen Technique after having tried many other modalities to no avail. If a client has not responded to other forms of therapy, it is always worth giving the Bowen Technique a try as it has shown to trigger in many people sometimes surprising and unexpected recovery when nothing else had worked. This is thought to be due to the re-balancing of the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous system which controls the ability to heal. Bowen is often used to put the body in healing mode. It is gentle and effective and can benefit everyone including babies, athlete's and geriatrics.

What is a Bowen session like?

A Bowen treatment consists of a series of gentle, precise moves on specific parts of the body in a specific order and may be done through clothing. Bowenwork moves are, in themselves, a study in delicacy, being light, gentle and very precise. These moves challenge the muscle, tendon or ligament by gently moving it out of position. Then by rolling over the muscle or tendon while maintaining gentle pressure on the site, the sensory nerve endings are sending information to the brain so it can make changes in structure and function, initiating the body's natural self healing response. After each series of moves, there is an important pause to allow the body to integrate the new information and reset the tension level in the muscle. A Bowen session may last 20 to 90 minutes and the healing process continues over the next seven to ten days, providing lasting effects for the client.

What happens after that?

After the initial procedures, treatments are individualized to the clients needs. Traumas, old injuries and chronic pain begin to unwind. Typically there is rapid change after addressing acute conditions and a steady improvement of chronic conditions.

Where did Bowen come from?

Tom Bowen developed Bowenwork therapy in Australia almost fifty years ago, and almost anywhere you go in Australia or New Zealand, people know of his work because if not themselves, someone they know has benefited from Bowenwork. Relatively new in this country, word is spreading about its effectiveness. Tom Bowen considered the basic procedures the backbone of his work, as these procedures address the entire back, neck and kidneys and balance the entire body through the neurological system. They can address about 70% of a client's complaints. After these initial procedures, treatments are individualized to the clients needs.

How many sessions are necessary?

Most often, surprisingly few sessions are needed to alleviate complaints, whether structural or functional, even if long-standing. The results hold for a long time, generally until there is a re-injury. Many people choose to have monthly or quarterly maintenance sessions once their initial complaint has been addressed, if for no other reason than for the exceptional relaxation. It is ideal to have a session as soon after an injury as possible, before the body begins to compensate.

What kinds of things are helped by Bowen?

Lasting relief from back pain, sciatica, sports injuries, sprains, knee pain, shoulder restrictions, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, whiplash, migraines, headaches, TMJ, fibromyalgia, chronic stress, asthma, and neurological and digestive problems are commonly reported. Athletes can benefit from sessions both before events to balance muscle tension and after events to repair damage from strain.