How does Bowen therapy work?
There are several explanations
as to how Bowen Therapy works. As with most therapies, it is the result
of the treatment that most people are more concerned about. There are
only a very small number of people who do not respond to Bowen. There
may be reasons for this, one of which is that the person puts up psychological
blocks because they don’t fully understand how it works and it
isn’t presented within mainstream conventional medicine.
A Bowen procedure is made up of various moves. A Bowen move is made
by a therapist gently rolling their thumbs or fingers over muscles,
tendons or ligaments. A lot of singular movements are made at certain
points all over the body within an organised system that has already
been worked out.
One theory is that the movement created by the gentle Bowen technique
near the surface of the skin works through to the deeper layers along
the fascial covering (connective tissue) of the muscles and is relayed
back to the brain.
This theory is one way of explaining how one injury or problem in an
area of the body, may be a symptom (result) created by the original
problem or problems in other areas, that seem to have no connection.
A basic way of explaining this is ‘your ankle bone’s connected
to your knee bone’ etc., right the way up to your head.
Staying with this theory, you can begin to see why the body needs to
be looked at as one unit and not as separate or individual parts. This
also relates to any problem or issue that happens as a result of receiving
the therapy. It then becomes easier to understand how, the gentle Bowen
movements can be worked through the muscular level to the deeper organ
level within the body.
This means that Bowen can also help with the systems of the body e.g.
lymphatic (immune system), digestive, kidney and respiratory or any
problems relating to these. Other reactions that can happen, relate
to the release of emotional issues and worries. Bowen can induce a feeling
of incredible peace and relaxation. This may be part of the letting
go of emotional tension release process, but again the process for this
is not completely clear.
A way of likening the role of the therapist is to relate it to that
of a starter motor in a car, e.g. the therapist applies Bowen to the
body which initiates the self adjustment and healing process. Short
rest periods included into the treatment are very important for this
change. The numerous moves over the body means that the brain has a
lot of increased information to process during each treatment. The 2
minute rest periods allow the body time for the brain to react to the
new information and start the gentle process of change and repair.
This can last over a period of a few days and can be seen as a car starting
it’s journey from A to B, but within that journey different things
can happen, i.e. the body can feel different sensations such as slightly
increased pain where the body is releasing the tension, or pins and
needles where a muscle is no longer pressing on a nerve, or even itching
where there is more blood flow to that part of the body. These changes
are all positive signs that the body is healing itself.