What happens during a Bowen session?
A case history will be taken at the beginning of your first appointment. A series of gentle movements will be carried out on the body. Through-out a session there are frequent but very essential pauses that allows the body time to respond and integrate the changes needed.
How long is a session?
A Bowen session usually takes between 45 and 60 minutes depending on the person’s health and the body’s response to it.
What will I feel during session?
Common experiences during a session are feelings of warmth or coolness, tingling, humming or buzzing, sensations of pain that subside quickly, changed emotions or a whole host of experiences. Also common is for a person to experience only a deep sense of relaxation.
Is Bowen therapy safe?
It is very gentle, relaxing and non-invasive involving no manipulation, and is therefore ideal for everyone including children and the elderly. It can assist recovery from many conditions from a traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending on a person’s ability to heal.
How many treatments will I need?
Usually the minimum recommended is 3-5 sessions. However up to 10 or more may be required in certain chronic conditions. The number needed is generally determined by the nature of the health issue, how long you have it and the state of your health. Bowen sessions can be repeated through-out the year for maintenance, to promote general well-being and for stress relief.
Will I have to undress for treatment?
No. The Bowen Technique can be done over bare skin or light clothing.
What should I wear?
Wear light comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing heavy denim or slippery fabrics such as silk or nylon.
What about medication?
It is important to let your therapist know what medication you are taking. As your health improves you may find that you may need less medication. It is important to consult your doctor before making any changes to your medication.
Can I mix Bowen therapy with other therapies?
It is best to allow each modality a period of 5 days before and after a treatment without interference from another. This gives the body an opportunity to integrate any changes.
Is Bowen safe for pregnancy and babies?
Yes. Bowen Therapy can be used safely through-out pregnancy and afterwards, helping with post-partum recovery. It can also help newborns to adjust to their new environment.
Is it painful?
The Bowen Technique uses very gentle pressure on the body. Occasionally there are some procedures that require deeper pressure but only to the comfort of the client.
Can I receive the Bowen Technique sitting down?
A Bowen treatment is mostly performed with the person lying on a massage table or bed. It can also be undertaken with the person sitting in a chair or standing up.