The Bowen Technique is a gentle therapy, applied to areas of the body using thumbs and fingers in a rolling-type movement. It is designed to stimulate nerve pathways which allow a ‘conversation’ to take place between different nervous systems of the body. Between each set of moves, the therapist leaves the room to allow the communication process to take place. These breaks increase the effectiveness of each subsequent set of moves.
Also known as Bowen therapy, the Bowen technique is an alternative type of physical manipulation named after Australian Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916–1982).
Bowen did not document his technique, and as a result its practice after his death has followed one or other differing interpretation of his work. It was not until some years after his death that the term “Bowen Technique” was coined. The technique has been popularised by a small number of people who observed him at work including Oswald Rentsch, an osteopath, whose interpretation has become the dominant, but not unchallenged, form.
Recipients are generally fully clothed. Each session typically involves gentle rolling motions across the muscles, tendons, and fascia. The therapy’s distinctive features are the minimal nature of the physical intervention and the pauses incorporated in the treatment which are claimed to allow the body to “reset” itself.
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