Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems including acute sports injuries and chronic or organic conditions. It works with the body's connective tissue to promote the reduction of pain and improve body energy.
The Bowen move is very distinctive and is applied at very precise points on the body. It involves the movement of soft tissue in a specific way. The move is a rolling-type move of the thumbs and forefingers, and is designed to stimulate the tissue and nerve pathways, creating a focus for the brain.
The move does not slide or flick over the surface of the skin, but uses the slack in the overlying skin to move over the underlying tissue, so each move covers a small area, defined by how far an individual’s skin can move over a targeted area. It is available from small babies to the elderly.
The Nervous System
Soft tissue Bowen movements will be performed which will stimulate the body’s nervous system receptors (proprioceptors). These signals stimulate the body to start its own healing process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system which encourages the body to relax and ease muscular tensions..
Fascia is connective tissue which is found just beneath the skin. It attaches, stabilises, encloses and separates muscles and other internal organs. (It's like a very tight complex spiders web) It plays a key role in muscle coordination, postural alignment as well as structural and functional integrity. If your fascia is somehow twisted, tight or even dehydrated this can affect your muscles and posture. Bowen therapy works primarily on the superficial fascia helping it untangle and so freeing the muscles which it surrounds.
Gentle Bowen movements activate the draining of the lymphatic system which can include the process of toxins leaving the body and stimulation of the immune system.