What is the Bowen Technique
Bowen Therapy is like no other therapy – where else can you be relaxed and re-energised all in the same session. I’ve tried to base my Clinic on chronic pain as having suffered from this myself I know the damaging effects pain can have on your physical fitness, your self esteem, your mental & emotional wellbeing and your happiness. It’s very difficult to feel happy if you are in chronic pain all the time. Pain can affect your work, your relationships and just about every other aspect of your life! I find most people come to Bowen as a ‘last resort’ – they have tried ‘everything’ else from massage to physiotherapy, from acupuncture to osteopathy & chiropractic techniques, but Bowen is worth far more than this and should be one of your first ports of call.
As a Bowen Therapist I work on the fascia, just below the skin on top of the muscle. Your body is covered in a network of connective tissue fibres which criss-cross, cover and connect each part of the body from head to toe – this is similar to a dense spider’s web. When a Bowen Therapist makes a move over this fascia it sends a signal up to the brain who has to work out what has just happened. This move will be unlike anything your brain is used to. It is very gentle & should not hurt – in fact you will feel that not a lot has happened, but your brain needs to ponder on it or respond. “What was that?” “Did it hurt?” “Am I injured?” “What feels different?” – your brain needs time to work out what has just taken place. For that reason, we as Bowen Therapists, leave the room for these changes or adjustments to take place and leave your body to settle. This goes on all through the treatment – small series of movements take place followed by periods (2 – 4 minutes) of rest. We, as Bowen Therapists, do not ‘sort your body’ out, rather we facilitate your own body to look inside itself and work out where changes or adjustments need to be made to heal your body. Quite often your symptoms are camouflaging the real problem, which is why we do not simply treat your symptoms, but rather try to find the root cause of the problem which may be well away from the area you are feeling pain, tightness or other symptoms in.
Most Clients leave my Clinic for the first time wondering ‘what was all that about?’ I reassure them that changes can take place up to 7 days from the first treatment and ask them to come back in a week to 10 days time for another session. Usually Clients report an improvement in whatever brought them to Clinic, but very occasionally there is no improvement until the third or fourth session. Sometimes the Bowen can take a while to have an effect on the body, but the treatment is so relaxing and peaceful that almost all Clients leave my treatment room feeling calmer, happier and better able to cope with any symptoms they may still have.
If Bowen is something you would like to try – be aware, an improvement in overall well-being may be experienced – please get in touch with myself. I am here to help you improve your health, happiness and well-being. Look forward to meeting you soon,
Fibromyalgia Action UK web-site
Click here - to read this testimonial from someone with fibromyalgia and how The Bowen Technique has helped her.
Photomicrograph below of a stomach ulcer, taken from the book ‘Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers’ by Robert M Sapolsky. Fantastic book for anyone suffering from stress or anxiety. An ulcer is a hole in the wall of an organ and ulcers originating in the stomach or in the organs immediately bordering it are termed 'peptic ulcers'. Stomach ulcers have emerged as the disorder most recognised by the lay public as a stress-related disease: in this view, you have upsetting thoughts over a long period of time and holes appear in the walls of your stomach. Such 'stress ulcers' can be life threatening in severe cases. Basically, your stomach has to spend a fortune protecting itself. It builds many layers of stomach wall and coats them with thick, soothing mucous that buffers the acid. Along comes a stressful period that lasts months and your body cuts down on its acid secretion - there are now frequent times when digestion is inhibited. During this period your stomach decides to save itself some energy by cutting corners. It cuts back on the constant thickening of the stomach walls. End of stressful period and you decide to celebrate with some large chocolate cake, stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, start secreting hydrochloric acid and..... your defences are down. The walls have thinned, there isn't a thick a protective mucous layer as there used to be, the bicarbonate is overwhelmed. A couple of repeated cycles of stress and rebound with a bacterial infection that is already comprising the defences and hey presto, you've got an ulcer!
Sceptical about Bowen?
I find it incredible how many people are sceptical about having Bowen Therapy, yet they've perhaps been taking numerous medications from the GP for years - most of them taken to counter the previous tablets they were prescribed! If you find yourself in that vicious circle where you have to take more and more pain killers or anti-inflammatories and find that they don't really hit the spot anymore - why don't you give yourself a break? Bowen Therapy is very gentle - it certainly can do you no harm - maybe you will find, like me, that you are able to stop all the medications you've been on for years.
Please remember to ask your GP for advice before stopping any medications, Bowen is not a substitute for medical advice
Bowen Therapy for Children
There are so many children and babies that can be helped with this lovely therapy. Please try it - you may well be amazed. Just click here for a quick video on Bowen treatment for children.
Prices: Babies and children up to age 3yrs - Free of charge when brought to ClinicChildren age 4 to 10 years - £15 per session
Children age 11 to 16 years - £22 per session
Children 16 - 18 years - £30 per session
Speaker at Mildenhall WI April 2019
Went to my first ever W.I. meeting Tuesday 16 April 2019, at Mildenhall, as the Speaker on Bowen Therapy. Presented for about 20mins (didn't want the ladies to fall asleep on me!) on the origins of Bowen, what it is, what to expect from a treatment and the sorts of things that this lovely therapy can help with. Finished off with a couple of demonstrations. I've already had a lot of interest from this today and they were a lovely group to talk to. I'm very grateful for the opportunity of talking about Bowen, what it can do for you and for getting the word BOWEN out there.
It was a real pleasure so thank you to the ladies of Mildenhall W.I. very much for making me feel so welcome!