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Developed in Australia in the 1950s, the Bowen technique is a therapy that encourages the body to reset and heal itself. Rather than attempting to treat specific ailments, the therapy incorporates a variety of light touches and moves which aim to encourage the body to empower its own resources for self-healing.

Although it may seem to have much in common with some directional, massage-based therapies, practitioners are keen to stress that the Bowen technique incorporates a very holistic approach in which physical changes in the body post-treatment are actually the result of the body realigning itself, rather than as a result of any physical manipulation.

How does it work?

The series of gentle moves used by the practitioner are said to balance and stimulate energy flows in the body. Once a deep sense of overall relaxation has been achieved, the body is able to begin its own restorative process. Healing seems to occur by affecting the body's nervous system, which creates homeostasis (balance) at the cellular level.

What does it involve?

Treatments normally last about one hour and consist of a series of gently rolling connective tissue moves, using a light touch. Each move aims to address the entire system producing maximum results with minimal intervention. There are frequent pauses between movements, during which the practitioner leaves the room, to allow the body time to respond and benefit. The treatment is usually carried out whilst the client is clothed, and no oils are used.

What is it good for?

As well as initiating a deep state of relaxation that encourages the body to heal itself, the Bowen technique is also extremely effective for pain. It is used as a remedial therapy for numerous ailments including sports injuries, skeletal and muscular problems, allergies, respiratory problems, digestive problems, RSI, teeth grinding, headaches and sciatica.

It seems to improve rehabilitation time, regardless of how old or recent the injury may be. Other diseases that have shown improvement from using the Bowen technique are multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.

What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?

The Bowen technique is meant to enhance and complement other medical treatment, and works well in conjunction with homeopathy, herbal medicine and flower essences.

What are the benefits?

Recent studies have shown the Bowen technique to have general beneficial effects of deep levels of relaxation on our immune and hormonal systems.

What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?

The Bowen technique is meant to enhance and complement other medical attention, and works well in conjunction with homeopathy, herbal medicine and flower essences.

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