I first tried Bowenwork on a whim and was amazed to experience deep and lasting change in a long-standing postural issue. I left each session feeling freer in my joint movement and more aligned overall. It also left me feeling balanced and with a deep sense of well-being. My own body’s profound response to the technique spurred me to become a Bowenwork practitioner.
Why try Bowenwork?
- Effectively and gently treats many musculoskeletal complaints, including
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Frozen shoulder and other shoulder pain
- Foot and ankle discomfort, including plantar fasciitis
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Musculoskeletal nerve complaints such as sciatica, carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome
- Sports injury
- Deep work without firm pressure.
- Gentle purposeful manipulations by the therapist trigger release of the body’s network of connective tissue (fascia), both superficial and deep.
- Unwinding tension in the body’s connective tissue system leads to greater adaptability, more mobility and less pain.
- Safe and recommended directly after injury.
- Long-lasting results.
- Addresses compensation patterns around old injuries and entrenched postural patterns that may be contributing to pain and dysfunction in the body.
- Activates the body’s innate drive to heal itself. It is not unusual to leave a session feeling more aligned, grounded and relaxed.
How is Bowenwork different from massage?
- Bowenwork is a distinct practice from massage, requiring specialized training and skills.
- The Bowen practitioner manipulates specific muscles and tendons with a series of precise rolling motions, called “moves.”
- Rest periods, or pauses of a few minutes or more, are interspersed throughout the session to allow the nervous system time to respond.
- The client is clothed during the session. Light, loose-fitting clothing is recommended to allow the practitioner to effectively place and execute moves.
- Sessions have no fixed duration. Sessions are typically 45-70 minutes.
- Bowenwork takes a “less is more” approach. The practitioner carefully assesses each person’s response, striving to provide each body only enough input to stimulate change in the body.
- Some find Bowenwork even more deeply relaxing than massage.
- Bowenwork is safe and recommended immediately following an injury.
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For more information about Bowenwork, visit the American Bowen Academy website.