|What is the Bowen Method?
The Bowen Method is based on the work of Thomas Ambrose Bowen. It is a unique and effective system of body balancing that can give lasting relief to conditions from back and leg pain, to carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. We believe that a large part of Bowen Therapy is based on the concept of evolution. Tom Bowen was constantly learning, studying and evolving his technique. In fact, there are several versions of the technique being taught by the people who learned from Mr. Bowen himself. This is said to be due to the particular time each student was with Mr. Bowen during the evolution of his work.
Therefore, we believe that constantly learning and evolving the Bowen Method is more in keeping with the spirit of Bowen than adhering to a specific set of moves. Finding new and more effective ways to release the tissue to help our clients get relief is the goal. The measuring stick always being effectiveness. This is where the challenge exists in teaching the Bowen Method. Most people are programmed to learn by memorizing certain facts. This will get you only so far in Bowen. Understanding the concepts of the Bowen Method is where the true work exists.
If a muscle is tight it must be moved to remove any fascial adhesions and release the tension from the muscle fibers to restore blood flow. Anatomy and kinesiology are essential in the Bowen Method. If a therapist wishes to be successful in giving relief to his or her clients, the therapist must know how to figure out the problem. The therapist must know how to interpret the postural signs, symptoms and complaints of the client as well as implement the appropriate procedures in order to put together an effective session.
The first thing to accomplish during a Bowen Method session is to restore balance to the body. We consider the pelvis to be the focus of this task. If the pelvis is tilted one way or the other it will throw off the rest of the body. Many of the client’s complaints can be resolved by accomplishing this one thing. If the pelvis is tilted it will make the leg length uneven placing pressure on the ankles, knees and hips. It will also place the lumbar spine and surrounding muscles in tension and make the muscles of the neck and shoulders tight in the body’s effort to balance itself.
After the balance is restored, the client complaint will be addressed. We find this way of addressing the body the most effective. Again, the measuring stick we use is the effectiveness we have with our clients.