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What is Bowen?

I’ve personally never heard of Bowen in Switzerland. But I experienced Bowen, an Australian therapy, through a true friend who is a Bowen therapist among other things he did a long time ago. With some light touches on my back, I fell asleep in a matter of minutes and felt a deep sense of relaxation afterwards. My friend Tom mastered the Bowen Technique after having his health issue solved by it. I would love to present to you some information about this fairly underground, non-invasive healing modality in hope to inspire you to look deeper into it. It is very easy to practice, probably some of the easiest and most effective forms of therapy to learn and to apply and that’s exactly what I like most… anybody can learn it.

Bowen Therapy, also known as Bowen Technique, is a holistic form of bodywork that aims to address musculoskeletal pain, and various other physical and emotional conditions. It was developed by Australian Tom Bowen in the 1950s and 60s, and it involves the practitioner using gentle, rolling motions on specific points on the body using their fingers or thumbs.

During a Bowen session, the practitioner will use light, rolling motions on specific points on the body, typically on muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They will then wait a few minutes before repeating the moves. This gentle touch stimulates the body's nervous system and encourages it to reset and balance itself.

The Bowen Technique aims to work on the body's soft tissue, helping to release tension and stimulate the body's self-healing abilities. It is believed to work by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps to slow down the body's physiological processes and allow it to relax. The practitioner will often work on several areas of the body during a single session, depending on the client's individual needs.

The Bowen Technique is believed to be effective in treating a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Musculoskeletal pain, such as back pain, neck pain, and headaches

  • Respiratory issues, such as asthma and sinus problems

  • Digestive issues, such as constipation and irritable bowel syndrome

  • Stress-related conditions, such as anxiety and depression

  • Women's health issues, such as menstrual pain, and menopausal symptoms

  • Sports injuries

The Bowen Technique is considered safe for people of all ages and is often used as a complementary therapy along with other forms of treatment. It is non-invasive and painless, and clients typically report feeling very relaxed and refreshed after a session.

It is important to note that Bowen Therapy is not a substitute for medical treatment, and practitioners will refer clients to appropriate medical professionals if necessary.

Here a brief introduction to the different techniques. This video shows you what the moves you receive during a Bowen session, no more, no less. They are done in sequences of four, then the therapist let the body rest. As light as this close to magical massaging technique it appears, these little moves have a big impact on the body. and reminds me of the saying "Sometimes less is more".

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Nicolas Belliot

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