Bowen Therapy stimulates the body using gentle moves to allow the body to heal itself, often profoundly. It can provide relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic, and it does so holistically, via the body’s innate healing mechanisms.
The moves are gentle, but purposeful, and can be done through light clothing. Between each set of moves, the practitioner pauses for as many minutes as are needed for the client’s body to begin responding. Bowen is considered the Homeopathy of Bodywork where “Less is More”
Receiving a Session
During the session, the movements are applied in a series of patterns. Once a series of moves are performed there is a pause. These pauses also afford the client a “personal space” so as to achieve energetic realignment without interference, and enter a profound relaxation.
This deeply relaxed state acts upon the body’s autonomic nervous system, which creates homeostasis at the cellular level. Because it addresses the body as a whole, Bowenwork treats beyond the presented symptom and makes physical, chemical, emotional and mental adjustments. Through this precise resetting of the autonomic nervous system, the individual’s body is freed to find its own natural balance.
Sessions usually last an hour. Treatments are often given to more than one client at a time, due to the required pauses between sets of moves. It is important to schedule a second visit one week later, as two visits are necessary to lay the foundation of the work in the body. At that point, the practitioner and the client can assess the responses to the work, and decide together if further work would be helpful.
Here is a testimonial from a client of Kim Guerin, our Bowen therapist:
“For 15 year I’ve had trigeminal neuralgia it gets progressively worse over the decade. Constant pain in the teeth, jaws, eyes, and ears. Sometimes the pain gets so bad that I can’t move. On good days speaking is difficult, eating is a nightmare, smiling is unheard of. It would get so that I would have to protect my face with a scarf because the slightest breeze would bring intense suffering. Sounds would trigger a flare up, someone speaking loudly or listening to music would be painful.
Then I met Kim and Bowen therapy. At first I didn’t know what to make of it, it didn’t seem like anything special. But afterwards I found I could smile with no pain, it brought me to tears I haven’t been able to smile with no pain in over ten years. My daughter just had a baby and to be able to smile and laugh with my granddaughter, it iis a miracle I’d never thought would happen. To hear her little squeaks and not have them hurt my face, heck to be able to listen to music again is indescribable joy. To be able to go out into the world and not have to cover up my face well I don’t feel like an outsider or an outcast. Just a regular person walking down the street. I have missed the feeling of wind on my face tousling my hair. A fire truck passed me sirens blaring and it didn’t bring me to my knees, for this I am so grateful. I still feel the odd zaps and twinges but I believe Bowen therapy has erased years of tensions and trauma that made this disorder so much worse. I am actually hopeful for the future for the first time in a long time for now I am able to talk to people again without pain. Now, not everyday is a bad or worse days I’m actually having good days with no pain. I’m no longer known as the scarf lady. I can enjoy my children and granddaughter. I believe that smiling, laughter and music are essential to a happy life and I am so thankful to have them again. I believe I owe everything to Bowen therapy and I am singing praises to anyone that would listen because I can speak again, I can smile again.
Thank you for all these precious gifts”