Bowen is a dynamic, remedial body technique that is extremely gentle and very relaxing. It is an all-embracing vibrational energy therapy, safe to use on anyone, newborns to the elderly, with any condition from sports injuries to chronic or organic complaints. The Bowen move is a gentle cross fibre manipulation of the fascia or connective tissue. These specialised moves are applied to specific muscles, tendons and ligaments, initiating relaxation of the muscles and reduction of nerve pressure. This allows the body to make appropriate adjustments to re-align and balance for improved health and well-being. The precise location of the Bowen moves correlate markedly with the latest research into the meridian energy system, acupoints and myofascial trigger point theory. Bowen is gentle and effective, with substantial relief frequently attained after the first session.
What is ISBT‐Bowen?
ISBT‐Bowen, named after legendary Australian manual therapist, Thomas Bowen (1916‐82), is a myofascial therapy applied to assist resolving a broad range of physical conditions.
By gently impacting on the body’s connective tissue network, fascia, in a very specific way, the work is often able to assist correction of structural and visceral imbalances that can manifest in a wide variety of symptoms. This is usually achieved via gentle singular cross‐fibre movements applied by the therapist over specific muscles, tendons and ligaments. With its gentle, minimalist approach to resolving traumatic conditions, it can be used in situations where other therapies may be too invasive.
The philosophy behind ISBT’s modality is based on the osteopathic principle that the structure of the body governs its function. Correcting the structure to improve overall well‐being is the main aim.
ISBT‐Bowen may assist resolving a broad range of musculoskeletal and visceral complaints.
Typical use of ISBT‐Bowen is with:
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– back, neck or leg pain
– sports injuries
– frozen shoulder
– carpal tunnel syndrome
– arm pain
– joint mobility problems
– muscle stiffness and injury
– breathing restrictions
– lymphatic flow
– circulatory problems
ISBT‐Bowen is often used as a general body ‘tune‐up’ strategy to aid well‐being.
Your ISBT‐Bowen Therapy Treatment
An ISBT‐Bowen treatment includes application of gentle ‘rolling’ moves on very specific points on muscles, tendons and ligaments. These moves are often applied in special sequences.
Your therapist will often apply a sequence of moves then allow a waiting period ‐ usually from around one to three minutes ‐ before further application. This can be an important part of the treatment, when your body is given time to react to the work that has been done. It also is a time for you to relax – you may wish to ‘tune‐in’ to how your body may be responding to the work.
With ISBT‐Bowen, although usually gentle in application, occasionally some people may experience unusual reactions, mainly after initial treatments. There is no cause for alarm if you do. These are usually positive signs that the body is undergoing necessary healing processes. If you experience a reaction and are uncertain, contact your practitioner.
By undertaking some simple strategies after an ISBT Bowen treatment, the many positive effects of the therapy can be enhanced.
To aid relaxation and rehabilitation of your back after treatment, please do not sit for longer than 30 minutes at a time for the remainder of the day and night. Getting mobile regularly can aid the healing process. Lying down is fine.
– drink plenty of water ‐ sip, don’t ‘gulp’
– avoid strenuous activity for 48 hours
– no other manual therapies for five days after treatment, including self‐massage
– avoid applying heat (e.g. hot showers, etc.) or cold (ice) to affected areas
ISBT‐Bowen often initiates structural correction and change. To increase flexibility, walk daily for at least 15 minutes on flat ground.
To lessen the chances of re‐injury please be aware of movements after treatment. Bend your knees and do not over-reach or twist when picking up an object. To pick up an object correctly, move close to it prior to lifting, take a breath, tighten stomach muscles as you prepare to lift, then, as you lift, breathe out. Undertake this procedure in a controlled way even if object is not heavy.
If you have had a jaw treatment, please avoid opening your mouth wide and avoid eating hard, chewy foods (apples, steak, gum, nuts, etc).
Ongoing health strategy
To help overcome current problems and avoid future problems, pay particular attention to the following:
– Take your weight evenly on both feet
Don’t slouch on to one hip or lean to one side. This places too much strain on the pelvic region and the back. Be as balanced as you can whether sitting or standing.
– Entering or alighting from a car
To avoid strain on the pelvic region in particular when alighting from a car, keep your knees together as much as practicable, swing the legs out and place both feet on the ground together. Getting into the car, place your backside on the seat first and swing legs in together.
– Crossing your legs
Don’t cross your legs. It may place too much strain on your body, especially the pelvis. It is a bad habit that can be broken.
– Out of the back pocket
Objects in your back pocket, such as wallets, may create a pelvic imbalance when you sit and cause you problems or negate the healing process. Keep the back pocket empty.