Bowen Technique And How It Works
Bowen Technique is a form of touch therapy that has a number of applications that can see it as an effective treatment for a wide range of conditions. In this article we will look at how Bowen Technique was developed, what it is, how it works and some of the conditions it has been seen to help.
History of Bowen Technique
Bowen Technique was developed by Thomas Bowen in Australia in the 1950s from his work as a healer. He claimed he could feel tiny vibrations in the muscles of a patient and this would tell him the areas in which he needed to work. He never advertised his services although it is thought he treated up to 13,000 people a year. He claimed that his success rate was around 88 per cent and he could very quickly identify each patient's problems. Since then more people have learnt the technique and offer it around the world to help a large number of people.
What is Bowen Technique
Bowen technique is a touch therapy where the therapist will use rolling movements over the muscles with their fingers to relax the muscles. There is no oil used in the session and it can be done over clothes or directly on the skin. The movements used by the therapist will use mild pressure and this will be placed against a muscle or tendon for about 3 seconds and then the fingers will be rolled over the muscle or tendon. The aim is to return the muscle or tendon to its natural position and release the tension from it. Many people will experience pain relief from their sessions and will often feel a shift in their body. It can be a greatly relaxing therapy and acts on many areas of the mind and body and details of that are put in the next section.
How Does The Bowen Technique Work?
The Bowen Technique has a significant effect on the body and details of how it affects the body are put below:
1. Autonomic Nervous System Rebalancing - this controls 80 per cent of the body and Bowen therapy can cause a shift from sympathetic parasympathetic dominance which can encourage the body to let go of physical and emotional stress.
2. Stretch Reflex - the place where Bowen technique acts on the muscles stimulates receptors that let the nervous system know about the tension, length and stretch in the muscles. This can cause a significant relaxation of the muscles through the messages being sent.
3. Joint Proprioreceptors - the technique is done around the joints and this stimulates nerves that sense the position of the body and so shifts can occur through the therapy.
4. Lymphatic Circulation - the Bowen technique can help to stimulate the lymphatic circulation as well as its drainage.
5. Spinal reflexes - many of the Bowen moves are done along the spine which can stimulate points that has a significant effect on different areas of the body.
6. Other Areas - the Bowen technique will also work on the fascia and can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and meridians to get maximum benefits.
Conditions Helped by the Bowen Technique
There are a number of conditions that can be helped by the Bowen Technique and that includes and pain related conditions. In particular it could be useful for Fibromyalgia, heel spurs, TMJ, Migraines and Back Spasms. In addition it is also thought to be a useful treatment for people suffering from asthma.