The Bowen Technique
The Bowen technique works with the parasympathetic and sympathetic systems. Subtle signals are sent to the body using a specific sequence of gentle rolls and pauses, helping it to reach a relaxed state. This shift of relaxation allows the body to heal itself, often profoundly.
The Bowen technique is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy. It utilizes small but measured inputs to the body stimulating the body to heal itself, resulting in relief of many specific injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic. It does so holistically, by using the body’s innate healing mechanisms. The practitioner delivers signals to the nervous system at specific locations on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves, and the body does the rest, responding in it’s own time, as it is able.
The Bowen technique addresses the entire body by restoring balance via the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation (fight, flight or freeze mode). Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax and repair mode). The Bowen technique seems to catalyse this shift during sessions, clients often quickly drop into deep relaxation or fall asleep. Both of these changes are indication of a profound release from stress and a shift towards parasympathetic dominance. This shift explains a common observation that Bowen sessions seem to reactivate the recovery process in situations where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.