Tom Bowen (1916-1982) pioneered the technique in the 1960s in Geelong, Australia. He believed in the ability of the human body to repair itself. Through his own studies and by treating fellow colleagues at the factory he then worked in, and then people in his town, he grew a reputation of his ability to ‘heal’. He incorporated ‘breaks’ in to the treatment to allow the body to respond and taught only a few people his technique. His knowledge and skills built from the feedback of the thousands of clients he treated. His approach is now known throughout the world.
What is Bowen?
The Bowen Fascial Technique is a safe remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied using very light pressure. Gentle non-invasive rolling-type moves are made by the practitioner using their thumbs or fingers over precise areas of muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia (connective tissue). Between each series of moves the client is given periods of rest that prompts the body to rest, repair and balance itself. It is these features which makes the Bowen Technique unique.
There are no manipulation or adjustments of hard tissue and no force is used; the treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing. Clients report the experience of pain relief, improvement of body function and recovery of energy.
A key element of Bowen is that it is a holistic therapy, it aims to balance the body as a whole, not just the presenting symptoms. Common presentations include:
- Back Pain
- Knee Problems
- Hamstring Flexibility
- Shoulder/Neck Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Pregnancy related issues
- Tennis Elbow
- RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Frozen Shoulder
- Acute & Chronic Fatigue
- Infant Colic
- Carpel Tunnel
Practically any ailment can be addressed and many people use the Bowen Technique as a means of stress management and health maintenance.
Fascia is a tough fibrous, flexible, collagen-based layer found throughout the entire human body. It surrounds individual muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels and nerves. It binds these structures together in the same manner that cling film is used to hold a sandwich together. Under a microscope fascia resembles a spider web. It is very organised and very flexible in a healthy state. It can best be described as a complete body suit which runs from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. It is continuous, has no beginning and no end and can be found almost everywhere in your body.
In a normal healthy state fascia is relaxed and soft. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. When you experience physical trauma or inflammation the fascia loses its pliability. It can become tight, restricted and the source of tension throughout the rest of the body. Trauma such as a fall, whiplash, surgery or poor posture has a cumulative effect over time and the Bowen Fascial Release Technique can help. In a healthy body fascia helps to maintain good posture, range of motion and flexibility. It also gives our bodies tremendous strength and helps us deal with stress and injuries.
Please note: The Bowen Fascial Technique is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. If in doubt please consult your Doctor. For further information please follow the link to: www.thebowentechnique.com