Bowen therapy is a holistic treatment that addresses the entire body rather than focusing on a single complaint. It is because of this, a treatment usually consists in the relief of many health problems, including injury, pain (chronic and acute), stress and emotional issues. The Bowen moves signal the body to send messages to the brain via the ANS (autonomic nervous system) to restore the balance and harmony. Through treating the cause rather than the symptoms Bowen therapy has consistently shown it can have profound and permanent healing and pain relief outcomes.
Bowen is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that was developed in the late 1950’s by Tom Bowen. Tom became interested in ways to alleviate human suffering and began to notice that certain moves on the body had particular effects. In 1974 Oswald Rentsch met Mr Bowen and asked if he could learn from him. Ossie studied under Mr Bowen for 2 ½ years documenting a true representation of the original technique. Honouring Mr Bowen’s request to share his gift to the world after his passing, Ossie named it the Bowen Technique. In 1987 Ossie with his wife Elaine established The Bowen Therapy Academy and to this day, with help from a team of dedicated instructors, still teach Bowen all over Australia and the world.
How it works
The Bowen technique rebalances the body to allow it to heal itself by activating through the nervous and endocrine systems among others. Bowen moves are done at the origin, insertion, or belly of muscles where receptors are located. Each Bowen move is done at the level of superficial fascia and affects the relationship between the fascia and the nerve, muscle or tendon being mobilised. Bowen moves also cross over acupuncture points and meridians. The overlap of these two systems could explain the very strong vibrational patterns that bring the body back into balance and harmony. Some Bowen moves activate drainage of the lymphatic system stimulating the immune system and detoxification is often initiated thereby improving the body's ability to function at a cellular level.
"I expect to pass through this world but once, any good therefore that I do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall never pass this way again"
- Tom Bowen