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All you need to know about Bowen

Bowen Technique was developed by Tom Bowen from Australia in the 1950s to the 1980s, then taken over by Oswald Rentsch, who still teaches and practices today.

It is a non-intrusive, gentle and effective hands-on therapy, aimed at promoting healing and pain relief.

The Bowen Move consists of skin, over a muscle or tendon, being lightly stretched with fingers or thumbs. The tissue is then gently challenged for a few seconds before a rolling move is made over it. The position of the Move is very precise. Moves are grouped according to what is being treated and generally work from the torso outwards.

After a group of moves has been done, the practitioner allows time for the sensory information to reach the brain, via the spinal column, for processing before continuing with the next group.

Bowen Therapy can be applied safely in most situations, however some moves are not used during pregnancy. Some of the conditions which people have consulted Bowen practitioners for are:

  • Sports injuries
  • Anxiety and stress-related problems
  • Back pain, sciatica, spinal problems
  • Multiple joint and/or muscle pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Digestive and bowel problems
  • Fibromyalgia, CFS and ME
  • General muscle stiffness
  • Gynaecological conditions (heavy or painful periods, infertility and fibroids)
  • Headaches, earache and migraines
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Joint problems (tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, ankle and knee injuries)
  • Post-dental trauma, TMJ problems and jaw disorders Post-operative recovery Respiratory conditions
  • Repetitive strain injuries.

Bowen addresses the musculoskeletal framework, fascia and nerves. It is believed to work by ‘retuning’ the body’s connective tissues to their normal state, unwinding the compensations and imbalances that develop in accordance with our lifestyles and which can cause pain and dis-ease. ).

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