What is Bowen Therapy?
The Bowen Technique (also known as Bowtech – the Original Bowen Technique and Bowenwork) is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that was developed by the late Tom Bowen in Geelong, Australia. Sometimes called the homeopathy of bodywork, it utilizes subtle inputs to the body (known as moves), stimulating the body to heal itself, often profoundly.
Rather than focusing on a single complaint, Bowen Technique addresses the entire body, by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation (fight, flight or freeze mode). Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax and repair mode). Bowen Technique enables that shift. During a session, the client often drops into deep relaxation or falls asleep, and loud peristalsis may be heard. Both of these changes are indications of a profound release from stress and a shift towards parasympathetic influence. This shift could explain, in part, the common observation that a Bowen Technique session seems to reactivate the recovery process in situations where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.
In contrast to other hands-on modalities, where the practitioner imposes correction on the client through manipulation, Bowen Technique facilitates the body in healing itself, with minimal intervention. Because of the subtle nature of Bowen Technique, and the body’s continuing response to it over several days thereafter, other forms of manipulative therapy are discouraged for up to five days after a session, as they may interfere with the efficacy of the work.
Codrina Gabriela Conduraru
I’ve always been someone who cares deeply about others and who identifies herself as a person with highly developed empathy. As someone who values being of service to others felt natural to me to become first a nurse and later a Bowen Therapy practitioner.
As a fully qualified Bowen Therapy practitioner focusing on whole-body rebalancing instead of individual symptoms, I will specifically design a treatment plan tailored to suit your condition and needs based on assessments made every session.
I am as well a registered nurse and a member of Bowen Norge.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Bowen therapy work?
Bowen Therapy is a simple process of applying light pressure on various body areas using fingers and thumbs. The catch of this therapy is the order in which we move the fingers and
How many sessions are needed?
This varies from person to person, because everyone responds differently but, on average, it is recommended that a client commits to three sessions, ideally 7 days apart. Some problems need more treatments and some even fewer, but you will not be required to have a long course of treatment, only to find that it hasn’t helped. Although there are never any promises, you should in most cases start to see change fairly quickly.
Will it hurt?
Bowen therapy is a manual gentle and non-invasive therapy so no, it does not hurt.
What should I wear for my Bowen Therapy session?
It can be provided through a layer of light clothing, although you may be asked to remove heavy or thick garments.
Who is it for?
The therapy is absolutely delicate and soft and is beneficial to everyone from new babies, frail
patients, elderly to pregnant ladies.
How do I prepare for my Bowen Session?
Because of the subtlety of Bowen and the body’s continuing response to it, schedule your Bowen session at least 4 to 5 days before or after any other bodywork such as massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, reflexology, Reiki, or other modality, as these may interfere with Bowen Therapy’s effectiveness.
For best results, make sure you are properly hydrating in the days prior to a treatment. This helps the messages and vibrations of the performed Bowen moves to travel more easily through muscles, fascia, and tendons.
Bring or wear light, loose, comfortable clothing to the session (for example, cotton t-shirt, gym shorts, yoga pants).
What happens at the initial consultation?
Your initial consultation will take 60-80 minutes and the therapists will take a detailed case history that provides them with useful information regarding your general well being and the reason for the visit.