What is Bowen?
Bowen Therapy is a gentle form of myofascial release developed by Tom Bowen in the 1950’s in Australia. Tom formed an idea that led him to discover and prove that people’s postures were a relative indicator of their level of health.
The moves he created were designed to release primary causes of dysfunctional movements in the body, therefore clearing any compensatory patterns at the source.
As the tensions are released, the posture is rebalanced and the client’s wellbeing was restored.
Why The Wait?
We take frequent breaks between sets of moves in Bowen and give the client time alone to rest. The breaks range from 2 minutes to 10 minutes, depending on what was done and how the client is feeling.
The waits allow the body time to process the cues we give it with the series of moves on the body. We then re-assess to see if more work is needed and where it should be done.
The waits are just as important as the moves themselves. We spoke earlier about how unnecessary moves delay and dilute the response from the nervous system, making the session less effective. Too many moves without waits can have a similar effect for the same reason, overloading the nervous system.
Don’t be Nervous.
Most people start to feel like they are melting onto the table during a session. This is because Bowen settles the nervous system. It brings it out of the sympathetic state (fight or flight) and back into the parasympathetic state (rest and digest).
This is important to note. Constant stress, good or bad, damages our nervous system and stunts any healthy, permanent, healing response.
Bowen helps get the body and mind back into a safe state so the healing process will succeed.