Bowen Therapy

Bowen therapy is a gentle body work treatment for musculoskeletal injuries and resolving pain. Bowen works by acting on the autonomic nervous system, which controls and regulates the body’s organs and tissues. During a Bowen treatment the patient is deeply relaxed, promoting the parasympathetic system, and activating the nourishment, healing and regeneration of the body. The practitioner gently stimulates specialized points on the body where there is a convergence of blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerve centres, and golgi tendons. This promotes the intricate relationship and communication between the muscles and nervous system. The nervous system can then help the body to reset muscle tone, release holding patterns, resolve nerve impingement and ultimately allow healing to take place.


During the treatment the patient lies on a massage table while the practitioner applies a series of gentle moves. Between each sequence the practitioner leaves the room in order to give the nervous system time to reset the muscle. Treatments last approximately one hour and it can take from 3-5 days for the treatment to take effect. Weekly treatments are recommended and patients usually experience significant improvement within 3 to 5 treatments.


The wonderful part about Bowen therapy is that it can be used on anyone. Because it is so gentle there are no contraindications and, therefore, the treatments can be used in young infants, pregnancy, broken bones, herniated disks, osteoporosis, etc. Some of the conditions that may benefit from Bowen Therapy are frozen shoulder, sciatica, back and neck pain, TMJ syndrome, scoliosis, acute injury, knee pain, hormonal imbalance, insomnia, and migraines.


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