The Bowen Method was developed by Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong Victoria in Australia. Bowen had a gift for healing but lacked professional training (details of his life history, professional training and work experience are in dispute) and there was an attempt by the Victorian Government to discredit him and his new technique. This prompted him to continue with vigour and it is estimated that in 1975, Bowen was treating 13,000 patients per year.
After launching an enquiry into alternative health practices, the Victorian government must have been a tad red-faced when it was discovered that not only were his clients reporting remarkable progress, Bowen was achieving these results with treatments that usually involved only two or three sessions per client. The Victorian Government’s attempt to discredit the technique turned out to be its biggest promoter.
Initially, Tom Bowen agreed to train only a half dozen students. Among those initial students were the Osteopath and Natural Therapist, Oswald Rentsch and his wife Elaine and since Bowen’s death, the Rentsch’s have led the expansion of The Bowen Method globally. They have spread Bowen throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Austria, France, Italy, Israel and South Africa.
Bowen Method is a non-invasive, gentle, complementary therapy that triggers and empowers the healing and repair mechanism of the body. It uses light, precise rolling “moves” on muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves that are at specific sites on the body. The purpose of these “moves” is to deliver signals to the nervous system that stimulate a healing response encouraging the body to return to its natural state of alignment, balance and wellbeing. In essence, Bowen Technique assists the body to heal itself, accessing the natural healing power of the body, the ability to heal ourselves.
Back and neck pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, headaches and migraines are among the ailments that Bowen may provide relief for. Additional benefits of Bowen Therapy include improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, improved immune system function and improved elimination and detoxification.
A Bowen session usually lasts up to an hour during which the therapist will be able to perform the specified “moves” through loose light clothing. With no oils used with the Bowen Technique, the receiver has no need to strip. The therapist will gently use his fingers and thumb to roll muscles, fascia and tissue to stimulate blood flow and increase energy. Between “moves” the therapist will usually take a short pause (possibly leaving the therapy room) allowing the receiver’s body the opportunity to readjust.
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