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Understanding the Bowen Technique

24 06 2010

,Any time someone is introducing a new technique there is always the temptation to compare it to other, perhaps already known, techniques . This is understandable as the comparison gives us some tangible element to visualize as we try to grasp the specifics of the new approach. Such comparisons can be helpful in giving a general idea of what’s involved in the new technique.
However, if we want to properly understand the new technique, it is essential to distinguish it from its probable comparisons. This is important not only so we have a clearer idea of what’s unique about the Bowen Technique, but also because a number of likely candidates for the comparison with Bowen are actually counter indicated when being treated with Bowen Therapy if one is to get the full benefits of the Bowen Technique.

1. Bowen is not Massage
Those newly introduced to Bowen often associate it to massage. However its operation and objectives are quite different. Furthermore, robbing or even prolonged touching around a Bowen “move” just applied can weaken the effectiveness of the move. Bowen moves go no deeper than fascia on superficially accessible muscles, and only do so with gentle pressure.
2. Bowen is not Acupressure
Some of the areas of focus in a Bowen treatment will coincide with acupuncture points, but there are so many acupoints some overlap is inevitable. Bowen “points”, though, a more focused intervention is complemented with a more economical application. In the Bowen Technique, one simple move across the structure is all it takes.
3. Bowen is not Chiropractic
No manipulation of the skeletal system is made. Most practitioners and many clients observe vertebral movement, but this is evidence of the body realigning itself and a Bowen treatment working. Chiropractic adjustments following treatment are counter indicated.
4. Bowen is not Directional “Energy Work”
Given its parameters, even energy work can be intrusive. Practitioners can focus too much on accomplishing their own desired results, which may or may not coincide with the client’s needs. Instead, Bowen practitioners are taught to focus on Lee on doing a precise movement accurately, and then physically leaving the room.
5. Bowen is not Physiotherapy or Neuromuscular “Re-Education.”
Stretch reflex, Golgi reflex and reciprocal enervation may be involved in the muscular releases, but these occur on a cellular level and expand out physically. In fact, people may fall asleep during a session, and many will not feel the effects for hours are even up to a few days. These factors distinguish the Bowen technique from remedial exercises or movement training that some people need for long-term recovery.
6. Bowen is not Trigger-Point Therapy
Some points are unavoidably similar even though their referral zones are different. Most trigger points are found in the core of muscles, while Bowen muscle moves are usually made where two muscles is or muscle groups overlap. This and other factors seem to make Bowen most similar to fascia work but…
7. Bowen is not Fascia Release
With each Bowen move, the fascia is rocked amd minutely “disturbed’; is is not forcefully separated. After a series of Bowen sessions, adhesions tend to loosen and scar tissue frequently softens and shrinks on its own because impediments to the natural healing process are removed.
8. Bowen is not Lymphatic Massage
Bowen does stimulate lymphatic releases, in that sinuses will often drain during the session; breast lumps may shrink or be gone within a few weeks; and excess fluids are usually eliminated within the week. Bowen does not, however, use the percussion or vigorous stroking of lymphatic massage, although there is a lot of gentle “milking” done around the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscle.
8. Bowen is not Emotional Release Modality
The intent of the Bowen session is not to effect emotional releases. However, some people report the dramatic lightning of spirit and a subtle but pervasive refocusing of troublesome emotional patterns. Many body workers consciously focus on the interface between physical and emotional, trying to touch on that which is hidden behind a protective wall of hyper tense musculature.
Excessive pressure is not needed; Bowen Therapy confirms that the best access is gained by the least threatening approach.

So Then, What is the Bowen Technique?

The Bowen Technique is an entirely unique system of neuromuscular repatterning that works primarily through the nervous system, Affecting both structural and energetic levels. Psychological effects are also reported, these effects include increased ability to focus, mood elevation, improve quality of sleep, and improved coping skills. Also clients have experienced consistent enhanced positive moods and reduced feelings of tension, fatigue, anger, depression, and confusion. A Bowen Session consists of very precise and gentle (tissue. These gentle moves balance the body and stimulate the energy flow within it.

The objective of the Bowen Technique is complete restoration of the body’s structural integrity. Bowen restores joint articulation and structural alignment by providing a powerful stimulus to joint circulation. Concurrently, muscle attachments around a joint relax, taking pressure off the joint so that it naturally realigns into harmonious structural balance. Now, given a structurally sound framework, bodily functions wil proceed harmoniously and healthily.

Philosophy Behind the Bowen Approach

Exploring some of the philosophical concept related to the body, we begin to see how the physical form represents a reflection of all levels of the human subtle energy fields. An understanding of the subtle fields also provides a theoretical basis for understanding Bowen. Just As one studies anatomy and physiology of the gross human form, so two can we explore the anatomy of a subtle dimensions that link the human form. From both the metaphysical traditional literature and current scientific hypothesis, we understand that the physical form has an underlying energetic form or template, and that this template can be identified, measured, and mapped. We also know that certain vibration all patterns correspond to particular areas of the body. As a vibration all were energetic form of body work, Bowen is rather like homeopathy, for a minimal amount of intervention is always thought best.

The body, like any intricate musical instrument, requires adequate tuning for correct function. When two and properly, the body will resonate to create a distinctive tone and vibration all pattern that correlates with its own unique frequency. All musicians know that locating the exact pitch at which a node is to be held is critical. Any small deviation creates a totally different frequency or tone. Also, the quality of the tone is affected by the way in instrument is played. The body is as sensitive to touch as a fine Stradivarius (a violin-like stringed instrument). Pythagoras was aware of the relationship between healing and harmonics, and set up a school of healing based on this relationship.

The message of touch with clear intention is basic to Bowen Therapy. It is a two-way channel, a loop of communication-musical alchemy, if you will. To work effectively with the body, a depth of sensitivity must be developed to the suble aspects of a client’s being. A first touch that is too fast or too deep can be overwhelming, negating the safe space required for working with the body. The other major ingredient is waiting for each response to be fully processed. This way of working adds depth, wisdom, compassion and healing to our lives as healing artisits, and to those whom we touch.

How does Bowen work ?

23 06 2010

A Bowen move activates the following mechanisms to reset the body to heal itself

Stretch reflex-most moves are done either at the origin, insertion or belly of muscles where Golgi cells’ receptors are located. These cells inform the nervous system on the state of tension, length or stretch in the musculotendinous tissue. The receptors ar stimulated during the “challenge” and the “rolling” part of the Bowen move. In the case of a muscle pain spasm loop, we can break this vicious circle
Segmental Viscerosomatic Spinal Reflexes-these reflexes are engaged in most basic procedures to produce referred reactions to the internal organs to stimulation of skin and muscles, changing the stimulus received by the nervous system.
Joint Proprioreceptors-all moves down around a joint directly affect the joint capsule and ligaments that are richly innervated with proprioceptors. Here again, stimulus will be received by the nervous system, inviting normalization of the joint function without the need for forceful manipulation.
Fascia-each Bowen move is done at the level of the superficial fascia and affects the relation between the fascia and the nerve, muscle are tendon being mobilized. Fascia plays a major role in muscle coordination, postural alignment and overall structural and functional integrity. All these will be negatively affected because following injury the fascia will stiffen, contract, torque and dehydrate, as shown by the work of Ida Rolf and many Osteopaths including William Sutherland and John Upledger. Following a Bowen session it is not uncommon to see adhesions loosen up, scar tissue soften, posture and mobility improve without harsh mobilization or stretching.
Autonomic Nervous System(ANS) rebalancing-Bowen may have its most profound effect here where the bodies self healing mechanisms are governed. The ANS Controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over stimulation. Healing occurs after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance. Bowen seems to catalyze that shift-during sessions, clients often quickly follow sleep or drop into deep relaxation and loud peristalsis can be heard. This indicates a shift towards parasympathetic dominance with release from stress and a deep level. This could explain why a few Bowen sessions frequently reactivate the recovery process, where healing from drama, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.
Trigger point and meridians-several Bowen moves overlap with recognized trigger point locations. By clearing these trigger points, referred pain will be relieved and joint mobility and muscle coordination will be improved.
Acupuncture points and meridians-most moves overlap acupuncture points and some actually cross two or three acupuncture meridians at once. Acupuncturists have correlated the indications and effects of Bowen moves with the corresponding acupuncture points. They also commented on the immediate changes of the acupuncture pulses in response to moves or procedures. The overlap of these two systems could explain the very strong energetic component of the technique and its effect on the internal organs.
Neurolymphatic points and lymphatic circulation-Bowen move overlap the location of many neurolymphatic reflex points that regulate the lymphatic system.

Bowen “Why does it work”

23 06 2010

Bowen “Why does it work”

Physiologically: three points for consideration when unraveling the mystery that surrounds Tom Bowen’s amazing discovery that unlocked the code of the body.
The first is: Golgi Tendon Organs: these are proprioceptive recepotors which can be found at the junction of a tendon with a muscle. Their role is to help protect tendons and their associated muscles from damage resulting from excessive tension. Each Golgi tendon organ capsule is penetrated by sensory neurons and when tension is applied to the tendon, they are stimulated, relaying the information to the central nervous system. This is then processed and a motor response is elicited.
Secondly: sensory fibers that terminate in the lower brain stem bring about a far more complex response than the simple spiral reflexes generated from stimulation of sensory fibers terminating in the spinal cord
Thirdly: muscle spindles are delicate proprioceptive receptors in the skeletal muscle fibers. They are enclosed in a connective tissue capsule that is filled with lymph . They also contain sensory fibers which when stretched are stimulated and impulses are sent to the spinal cord at great velocity once again eliciting a motor response.

Bowen moves certainly affect the Golgi tendon organ reflexes and muscle spindles which helps reprogramme tension levels in the body.

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