WHAT IS BOWEN THERAPY?
Bowen Therapy aims to deal with the cause of the problem rather than the symptoms. It works on the body's muscles, tendons, nerves and fascia. It is safe to use on anyone, from newborns through to older people, has few contraindications, and is very gentle, relaxing and non-invasive.
Specifically, the Bowen Therapist works on the whole body, not just where there is pain or concerns. Often, after a session, the client will experience the resolution of problems above and beyond those for which they have sought support.
History of Bowen Therapy
“Bowen Therapy was developed by Tom Bowen (1916-1982). The actual origins of his concepts are unknown or at least unclear though there do appear to be links with traditional Chinese medicine. What is clear is that while working as a masseur in junior football clubs in Geelong, he recognized an apparent common causal relationship in many seemingly unrelated painful conditions, particularly musculoskeletal but including neurological and other health problems. He identified this causal link or relationship as being the soft tissue or fascia that envelops the whole body from head to toe.
After years of clinical work and much reading and study of other modalities he developed a unique set of specific moves associated with different sequences and timing intervals. The moves provided fascial release and integration, stimulating a variety of anatomical or physiological responses, frequently resulting in long term and often immediate resolution of the majority of presenting problems and pain conditions
In 1975 the government instituted Webb Committee of Inquiry into Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Naturopathy in Australia reviewed Tom Bowen’s work. They found he was seeing some 13,000 people a year and achieving a success rate in his practice of over 80% of presenting conditions. From its Australian origins his innovative and unique technique has now been adopted worldwide with devotees and practitioners in countries including New Zealand, USA, Canada, United Kingdom and European Union members”. (Source: Bowen Therapist Federation of Australia website)
For further information please go to www.bowen.asn.au