Developed by Thomas Ambrose Bowen, the Bowen Technique is a very subtle treatment which can bring about significant improvements in pain and tension. The work is very subtle, using finger and thumbs to work over soft tissue and applying very little pressure. The rolling type Bowen move creates a gentle disturbance of the underlying fascia, which in turn prompts a central nervous system response. The treatment includes a series of short breaks where the patient is left resting, allowing their body to respond to the moves. These rest periods are an important part of the treatment and gives the body time to make fine adjustments, which help to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain.
The Bowen Technique can help with many musculoskeletal problems, such as:
- Back pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Neck pain
- Sports injuries
It can also ease problems such as:
- Infant colic
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Asthma and respiratory problems
How can it help?
The experience of Bowen is gentle, subtle and relaxing. Therefore, it can be considered for clients for whom other forms of therapy might be too aggressive, forceful or invasive. It can be used for everyone from the tiniest of babies through to the frailest of adults – treatments are adapted to your personal needs. Conditions which have been reported to respond to Bowen include back and neck pain, knee problems, sports injuries, RSI, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, asthma and similar respiratory problems; TMJ/TMD, and migraine – to name a few.
What is involved?
Initial appointments include a full medical history, assessment and treatment. Follow up appointments take about 60 minutes. A course of three – five treatments, at weekly intervals, are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief. Most of the work can be performed through light clothing and will be performed on a therapy couch or in a chair.
The Bowen practitioner at the Ren Clinic is Andreas.
For more information, please see Andreas