ABOUT THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE – THE BODY IN ITS OWN INFINITE WISDOM KNOWS HOW TO HEAL ITSELF.
The Bowen Technique is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on remedial therapy which can be administered through light clothing, with the client sitting, standing or lying. Releasing stress at a very deep level, it then stimulates the body to realign, addressing imbalances in functions and chemical composition and, as far as possible, restoring homeostasis (physiological equilibrium).
Bowen can help with a wide range of symptoms, physical and emotional, and is suitable for all ages, from new-born babies to the elderly and infirm.
Practitioners do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe or alter medication. They may, however, advise clients to be regularly assessed by their doctor, in case their medicine doses need to be adjusted. There are no known contra-indications to treatment.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT LIKE?
With primarily fingers and thumbs, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the changes it requires.
Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process. Bowen is generally pleasant to receive, each session lasting 30 – 60 minutes, depending on the age of the client and the nature of their symptoms. Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment.
Short-term (acute) injury is usually resolved in 1 – 3 Bowen treatments, while long-standing (chronic) symptoms may require longer. A gap of 5 to 10 days is recommended between Bowen sessions; so that the body can process the subtle information it has been given.
It is advised that clients do not have other hands-on therapies while receiving Bowen, as this can confuse the body’s response and inhibit the healing process.
I trained in Usui Reiki in the mid-90s with Richard Paterson, finally pursuing it to Practitioner Level (2007) and then Reiki Master (2010) with Ros Hurst of Farnham.
My ITEC Level 3 qualification in Holistic Massage and Pregnancy Massage training was under Ina Jansen at the School of Natural Therapies in Richmond. Additional massage training has been there and at Alison Perrott’s SEED Institute in Ash – theseedinstitute.co.uk).
In 2008 I trained with Ellen Cobb of Farnborough – ellen-cobb.co.uk to gain my Practitioner Certificate in Bowen Technique. I have also attained Advanced and Master level certificates with Ellen and Ossie and Elaine Rentsch of the Bowen Academy of Australia (BAA).
I am a Member of, and insured through, the Federation of Holistic Therapists (www.fht.org.uk), and a member of both the Bowen Association UK (www.bowen-technique.co.uk) and the UK Reiki Federation (UK Reiki Fed).
You can find out more about the BowenTechnique from Adam’s website. Click here for details: https://www.adamsholistichealth.co.uk/ or call Adam on 07906 757 452