Bowen Therapy is a neuromuscular re-patterning that works primarily through the nervous system on both structural and energetic levels. The work consists of a series of gentle rolling connective tissue moves, precisely placed, using a light touch with the thumbs or fingers over tendons, muscles and nerves. This technique restores the body's ability to heal itself, even years after an original injury. Healing occurs by affecting the body's autonomic nervous system, which creates homeostasis at the cellular level. It is completely safe and appropriate for everyone from the highly trained athlete to newborns, pregnant women, the elderly and the chronically ill.
The stimulus to relax and heal enters the body through the nervous system and travels to the brain through the highly sensitive pathways used for sensing motion and maintaining balance. These neural connections bypass our conscious thought and voluntary muscle action so that the messages they send communicate more directly and powerfully their healing message. Structural balance, muscle tone, blood flow, tissue drainage are all parts of the recuperative system that can be positively affected. This is what is believed causes a releasing of a locked joint, muscle or non-responsive condition that has been repeatedly treated, trained and stretched with no lasting change.
Bowen Therapy is based on the principle that our bodies have an inherent and continuous self-healing and self-correcting process that can be stimulated to return us to our previous healthy condition. It sends a powerful reminder of this to the body and allows it to heal itself to the extent that it is able.
The key to Bowen Therapy is the delays between "moves" so the body can respond. Bowen Therapy at its core is non-invasive and holistic.