The Bowen Technique


The Bowen technique is a gentle modality that restores the body structurally and functionally. It consists of a series of deliberate moves that challenge soft tissue to release congestion and restore form. Gentle rolls over muscles and connective tissue communicate with the nervous system about the state of tension in the musculotendinous tissue. The nervous system then responds by breaking the cycle of pain, inflammation, and restriction.

Every sequence of moves is interspersed with measured pauses, which give the client the time and space to integrate and respond. It is during these significant pauses that the real work is accomplished.

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One of the most unique features of the Bowen technique is its ability to shift the body’s autonomic nervous system from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance. Sympathetic dominance is appropriate when we are responding to a situation that requires a fight or flight response. But when we are in a chronic state of emergency, it is inevitable that health problems arise: acidity, anxiety, and hypertension are just a few of many possible indications that we are in constant overdrive. Parasympathetic dominance is the requisite state for all healing and relaxation. By catalyzing the shift to parasympathetic dominance, Bowenwork provides us with the necessary support to release longstanding emotional and physical strictures.

Bowenwork is appropriate for all ages, has very few contraindications, and can address a wide range of conditions. It provides effective, longstanding relief from acute flare-ups and acquired injuries as well as chronic and congenital complaints.

My application of the Bowen technique is further informed by my independent study of Wilhelm Reich’s vegeto- and orgone-therapy.

Read some impressions of Bowen therapy.

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