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Bowen helps the body remember how to heal itself.
The gentle yet
powerful Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in
immediate responses of muscle relaxation
and pain reduction. The moves create energy surges. Electrical
impulses sent to the
nervous system remind the body to regain normal movement in joints,
muscles and tendons. This helps relieve muscle spasms and increase blood and lymph flow.
The Bowen Technique affects the body
primarily through the nervous and the bioenergetic systems, to bring
it into a state of balance.
Autonomic nervous system rebalancing
The autonomic nervous
system controls over 80% of bodily functions (cardiac, respiratory,
peripheral circulation, reproductive, endocrine, gastrointestinal) and
is very susceptible to stress and emotional tensions. For healing to
happen, the body needs to shift from sympathetic (fight/ flight mode)
to parasympathetic (vegetative mode) dominance. For this to happen, it
needs time and space to literally unwind and "digest"
physical and emotional stress. The Bowen Technique facilitates these
Most Bowen moves are
done either at the origin, insertion or belly of muscles, where the
Golgi and Spindle nerve receptors are located. These receptors inform
the nervous system of the state of tension, length or stretch in the
muscles and tendons and are stimulated during the rolling part of the
Bowen therapy movement.
All Bowen moves done
around a joint directly affect the joint and ligaments, which are
richly innervated with proprioreceptors, those nerves that sense the
position of your body.
The Bowen Technique
stimulates lymphatic circulation and drainage.
Many of the Bowen moves
are performed along the spine over the erector muscles (two thick
columns of heavy muscles on either side of the spinal column which run
from the base of the pelvis to almost the full length of the spine).
These moves appear to produce referred reactions to other areas of the
body. Often people will mention that conditions were addressed, other
than the one for which they originally sought consultation, – even
though the practitioner didn't know about them (e.g., improved
digestion, elimination circulation or sleep).
The fascia, sheets of
connective tissue, connect everything in the body: muscles, bones,
internal organs and central nervous system. They play a major role in
muscle coordination, flexibility, postural alignment and overall
structural and functional integrity. Bowen move free the relationship
between the fascia and the nerve, muscle or tendon being addressed.
Acupuncture points and meridians
The Bowen Technique
stimulates circulation of energy and clears energetic blocks.
Coincidentally, several of the moves are located along acupuncture
meridians or on specific acupuncture points which are known to
stimulate and balance the body’s energy.
Some people feel
shifts in their bodies during and after a Bowen session.
experience immediate pain relief, improvement is just as likely to unfold
over the next few days to a week.