What is Bowen Therapy and how can it help you?

Do you suffer from aches and pains and find yourself frequently reaching for painkillers?  Painkillers can be effective, but if you are finding that they have started to only just dull the pain, give you unwanted side effects or maybe not working at all, it might be time to look for a different way to experience pain relief *.  Complementary therapies offer a different approach which can be used alongside conventional and mainstream medicine and are becoming increasingly popular.  One such therapy is the Bowen Technique, one of the fastest growing complementary therapies in the UK today, which many people are turning to for pain relief with positive results.    

What is the Bowen Technique?

The College of Bowen Studies describes the Bowen techniqueas a gentle therapy that is applied to areas of the body, using thumbs and fingers in a specific process or order. 

It is a gentle, relaxing, effective hands-on therapy that works by stimulating the body’s own resources.  It consists of light pressure, unique rolling movements made over specific muscles, ligaments and tendons at key stress points of the body.  These moves send impulses to the brain which encourage the body to revert to its natural healing state and promote the subtle and fine adjustments needed for re-balancing, re-alignment, tension relief and pain reduction.

Between each set of moves, the Bowen practitioner leaves the room for short breaks, usually about 2 minutes to allow the communication process to take place between body and brain, increasing the effectiveness of the moves and the therapy session as a whole.

How can Bowen Therapy help me?

The Bowen Technique may help to provide relief for a wide range of painful and stress-related conditions. Unlike a number of other therapies, the whole body is treated, rather than just the area of pain. The practitioner does not set out to diagnose the cause of the problem or focus solely on the symptoms of disease or discomfort but works holistically, aiming to help the body heal itself. It is thought the Bowen ‘move’ acts as a therapeutic message to the body to promote healing within the body with body and mind reacting to the stimulus of the move. Often, while a person may seek treatment for a particular issue, they may also find improvement in other areas.

Because it is a gentle, subtle and relaxing treatment and no manipulation or force is used, it can be the ideal therapy for all sorts of people. It is suitable for both children and adults, from tiny babies to rugby players to the elderly and frail. It can be an effective healing solution for many problems in the body from lack of energy to degenerative diseases, with the added benefit that it appears to have significant positive effects on ‘wellbeing’.

Aside from pain relief it has been shown to help boost the immune system, address some inflammatory conditions, help improve circulation, energy and lymphatic flow and regular treatment can help deal with the stresses and strains of modern life.

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With so many options available to us these days, it might be worth exploring other ways of addressing your ongoing struggles with pain.  If you are curious to find out more about how the Bowen Technique may help you and are looking for an alternative option to provide you with relief from your aches and pains, then the Well Beans Complementary Therapy Practice, based in Pakenham, just outside Ixworth is the place to visit.  Jacky Stevens is a fully qualified, highly experienced Bowen Technique Practitioner who is extremely passionate about Bowen and the improvements to general health and well being that this therapy can bring. 

Don’t waste any more time suffering and struggling with pain, get in touch with Well Beans today and get well on your way to improving how you feel and experience first-hand the benefits of the Bowen Technique.

 * complementary therapy can help with many symptoms but is not a substitute for visiting your GP, no change should be made to any medication prescribed without consultation with your GP.

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