Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during a treatment?
Bowen is usually carried out on a massage table, and can be carried out standing or sitting. The therapist uses anatomical landmarks to precisely position the moves. These moves are carried out in pre-determined sequences and are usually a gentle rolling movement using the fingers or thumbs.
After performing a set of moves, the therapist will leave the room for a couple of minutes, allowing your body time to integrate the moves just carried out. Some clients feel sensations such as tingling, heat, or cold as the muscles release. A treatment is very relaxing, and some clients even fall asleep.
A Bowen Technique treatment usually lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour, with a full client history being taken at the first appointment.
What should I wear for a Bowen treatment?
If you are wearing bulky items such as jumpers or jeans, you will be asked to remove these for the treatment. Bowen moves are better done directly on the skin. Clients are appropriately draped at all times during the treatment.
Is Bowen safe during pregnancy? What about for babies?
Most Bowen procedures can be carried out safely during pregnancy, and can help provide relief from lower back-pain, breathlessness, heartburn, morning sickness, as well as opening up the pelvis in preparation for childbirth. All Bowen procedures are safe for babies, and there are additional procedures for unsettled babies, baby colic, and neck restrictions. Bowen can also help a baby expel mucous inhaled during childbirth and help to correct imbalances caused by the birthing process.
Is Bowen a form of massage?
No, Bowen is a unique bodywork modality which uses gentle precisely located rolling movements over particular muscles, nerves, tendons or ligaments to achieve long-lasting relief from pain. Bowen does not use massage, deep pressure, or prolonged contact.
Is Bowen therapy an ongoing treatment therapy?
Most conditions are essentially resolved in two to three sessions; however chronic conditions may require more extensive programs. Many clients have routine maintenance treatments at different intervals according to lifestyle, with 1 month being the optimum, to maintain body balance and musculo -skeletal integrity, avoid costly regression and as an investment in their health.
I have heard that Bowen can assist with carpal tunnel. Is this true?
Yes, Bowen therapy has had many successes with RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Why should I choose Bowen?
Bowen Therapy has a high rate of success in treating a wide range of presenting conditions. Often this success is achieved where other modalities have failed. In addition being non-invasive and not employing manipulation Bowen therapy is suitable for infants and the elderly and is non-invasive. Another feature of Bowen Therapy being holistic (whole body) is that conditions other than those for which treatment has been sought are often resolved.
Should I check that my therapist is registered?
Yes. This is important to ensure that your therapist meets the professional practice standards, code of ethics, continuing education, first aid and professional indemnity insurance required by the BAA and the BTAA