Practical Bowen Therapy
Gentle rolling movements, using the fingers and thumbs, are used at very precise points on the body - with the spine often the focus of attention. This therapy is not as vigorous as massage, which also typically utilises oils and is more manipulation based. A client normally is treated on a table similar to those used for massage, and can be clothed if required. Treatment can last anywhere from 30 minutes - 45 minutes, with the number of sessions dependent on the condition and specific patient response to treatment.
Who was Bowen? Tom Bowen was an Australian, with no medical background, who started treating members of his local football team for the injuries they received. Though he published nothing pertaining to his philosophy or technique, it is thought he was inspired by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Bowen therapy is concerned with treating the whole body, and balancing it - much like the philosophy behind eastern disciplines and religions which recognise a chi or life force in us all. Much of Bowen therapy is focused on gently stimulating the fascia, tendons and muscles.
What is the fascia?
Fascia refers to all the connective tissues that occur throughout our body, found between the skin and muscles underneath it. It also surrounds all the muscles of the body, and supports and protects them whilst keeping them in place. It is a versatile tissue in that it allows a certain degree of movement whilst preserving stability.
Bowen therapy sports benefits
Bowen therapy is holistic, non-invasive and beneficial for a wide range of conditions. It is also safe for all ages and is beneficia a number of respects, including for sports related injuries such as:
- muscular ailments such as hamstring injuries
- repetitive strain injuries
- frozen shoulder;
- and - asthma