Bowen Method treatments are offered by Emily Deneault, Certified Bowen Practitioner, office located within CrossFit East Providence, 10 Almeida Ave.
“You treated me and my issue as a whole person, not just one problem. The session began with gentle precise movements throughout my body. I felt so relaxed and at peace, it was like nothing I have ever tried before.”
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What is the Bowen method?
The Bowen Method is a practice of healing the body through gentle touch. The moves are performed on specific parts of the body (mostly muscles or tendons), they are designed to engage the central nervous system by using movements with varying tension and pressure to stimulate a response in your nervous system. The immediate responses are most often a decrease in tension and tightness in the body. “I feel like putty”, I’ve been told many times, as the session progresses. The Bowen moves also help to improve circulation and lymphatic flow, while also decreasing inflammation, stress, and pain. This is all done with gentle, slow, and painless movements.
Bowen addresses every system in the body:
- internal organ systems,
- proprioception (muscle memory),
- fascial rehydration,
- and the lymphatic system.
This begins with the gentle moves over specific areas of the body. That initiates neurological impulses from muscles and tendons which starts a connection to the brain. Then the brain sends signals throughout the body that initiates a healing response. This most often starts with relaxing tension, which helps calm inflammation in specific areas, allowing our stored energy supply to be used to heal in a healthy way rather than just coping with compensations as a result of poor posture or unresolved past injuries. With that, the body re-balances the nervous system. And that begins the healing process. Once this occurs, the body continues the healing responses.
This healing can aid the body to recover from injuries or illness. For example, sporting collisions, twisted joints, or stresses from over-exertion all cause reactions throughout the body, a rippling effect, and that over time if not addressed will lead to compensation in other parts of the body. Certainly, for faster and more complete healing to occur, the initial restrictions and imbalances must be found and released. The Bowen method does that.
Another tightness that we can hold may develop as a result of a traumatic experience. We experience ‘fight or flight’ when faced with situations involving shock, trauma, illness, injury. For that matter even everyday stress. It is the body’s defense mechanism. Unfortunately, in many cases, after the fright passes, the tension is still held in our bodies. Bowen Method removes the nervous system from the tension-filled ‘fight or flight’ response to a more relaxed posture. Therefore Bowen enables the body to restore a balanced state of the nervous system.