Frequently Asked Questions

How does Bowen Therapy work?

Bowen Therapy is neither derived from nor similar to any other hands on modality.  It is generally agreed that it works primarily through the nervous system on both structural and energetic levels.  Simply put, Bowen Therapy allows the body to reset and heal itself.  It addresses the body as a whole unit, rather than just the presenting symptoms.

How quickly will I feel relief from my symptoms?

This depends on your ailment and your own body’s healing process.  Bowen Therapy continues to process in the body for 5 to 10 days after the treatment, so for some people relief is immediate, while for others, the process can take days to register any improvement.  We strongly suggest  a minimum of 3 treatments spaced 5 to 10 days apart, for most conditions.  After the 3rd session, we will give you our recommendations according to how your body is responding to treatment.

Is Bowen Therapy like massage, acupressure, chiropractic, trigger point therapy, directional energy work?

Bowen is not massage - Rubbing or even prolonged touching around a recently performed Bowen move may interfere with its effectiveness.

Bowen is not acupressure - Some of the areas will coincide with acupressure points as the latter are so numerous.

Bowen is not chiropractic - There is NO adjustment of bony structure.  Most therapists and many clients observe vertebral movement, but this is evidence of the BODY re-aligning itself.

Bowen is not physiotherapy of neuromuscular re-education - Physiotherapy addresses the patient with a variety of exercises and therapies that target specific problems.  It is believed that it is the techniques that produce the results.  In contrast, Bowen is a series of moves that stimulate the body to solve its own problems.

Bowen is not fascia release-With each Bowen move, the fascia is minutely disturbed;  it is not forcefully separated.  After a series of Bowen sessions, adhesions may loosen and scar tissue may soften as Bowen stimulates the natural healing process.

Bowen is not lymphatic massage-Bowen does stimulate lymphatic releases.  Sinuses may drain during the session and breast lumps have been reported to reduce within 2 weeks.  Bowen does not use vigorous stroking or lymphatic massage.

Bowen is not directional energy work-Energy work may be intrusive and may focus excessively on accomplishing the desired result, which may or may not coincide with the client’s needs.  In contrast, Bowen therapists are encouraged to focus only on doing a precise movement accurately and then physically leave the room.

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