What is Bowenwork®?
Bowenwork®, also known as Bowtech®, is a dynamic therapy that stimulates the body to balance itself, often profoundly. It is a soft tissue, remedial therapy that uses sequences of subtle moves over muscle, fascia and connective tissue. These moves are followed by pauses or rests which allow your body time to respond to the stimulation and begin the healing process. This alternation of moves and pauses continues throughout a Bowen session.
As the body responds to the moves and integrates the response, the tension in the muscles and fascia is released, allowing the body to relax. Thus the body shifts from a state of emergency to a place of relaxation, from a sympathetic state to a parasympathetic state. Rather than forcing the body to relax with deep tissue work, Bowenwork® reminds the body how to relax with subtle work so the body can choose how and when to heal. When the body is calm and relaxed, it can re-balance and realign itself, and reintegrate function between the structure, organs, and systems of the body.
Bowenwork is a comprehensive system. You will learn procedures to help a large number of people with various injuries and health problems, both acute and chronic. At times, the focus is solely on the area of concern, particularly when there is trauma from an acute injury. More often, conditions are chronic and a Bowen practitioner will take a wholistic (whole body) approach, recognizing the connection of all parts of the system. Whether the connection within the system is explained through functional compensation patterns, the autonomic nervous system, the fascial trains, or energy meridians, the body responds in its own time as determined by its vitality. A Bowen practitioner is trained to work at the pace set by the body’s innate healing wisdom, not by a pre determined, forced agenda. Bowen is a practitioner-friendly modality, that is, there is minimal risk of strain or injury to the practitioner.
The History of Bowen
THOMAS AMBROSE BOWEN [1916 – 1982]
Bowen (Bowtech/Bowenwork) is named after Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) who began developing his technique in the 1950s in Geelong, Australia. He continued to refine the work throughout his lifetime.
In 1975, the Victorian government of Australia held an inquiry into Tom Bowen’s practice and verified that he was treating over 13,000 clients per year with remarkable results!
Tom Bowen eventually took on six students, including Oswald (Ossie) Rentsch, Osteopath and Natural Therapist. After Tom Bowen’s death, Ossie and his wife, Elaine, named the modality the Bowen Technique in honour of Tom Bowen. They then created the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTAA) in 1984 to introduce Bowenwork/Bowtech® – the original Bowen Technique.
To date, courses have been taught in over 30 countries around the world. The Canadian Bowenwork/Bowtech Group (CBBG) is the official registry in Canada for Bowtech® – the original Bowen Technique.
What can Bowenwork® address?
Bowenwork is suitable for clients of all ages, including pregnant women, infants, athletes, seniors, accident victims or for people with conditions requiring a light touch (Parkinson’s, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc). These small, gentle moves are also effective on deep tissue problems! Bowenwork addresses both acute and chronic conditions.
Because Bowenwork uses a whole body approach, clients often feel improvements in areas beyond the specific area of concern. For instance, they often notice improved sleep, reduced stress, and better digestion and regularity.
These are just some of the conditions for which Bowen should be considered: