About Bowen therapy
WHAT IS FASCIA?
Didn’t we just learn about bones, muscles, organs and nerves in high school science – so what’s this fascia?
When I say that Bowen therapy positively effects your body’s fascia what on earth am I talking about?
Fascia is a supportive, moveable wrapping for the nerves, muscles and organs of your body. Fascia reduces the friction of movement. Fascia is dense with elastin fibre that determines its stretch and resilience.
It is innervated by a rich supply of blood vessels and sensory nerve endings.
Fascial tissues are also able to store and release kinetic energy.
Research is revealing more and more about how clever and crucial Fascia is for a healthy functioning body.
WHAT CAN GO WRONG WITH FASCIA?
So what can affect Fascia negatively? An injury, illness or surgery that inflames muscles, nerves or organs also causes trauma to the fascia. The trauma forms excess connective tissue, scarring, which can alter the architecture and function of fascia so that adheres with the muscles, nerves or organs its supports, less effectively. Fascia can lose its stiffness, become too stiff or decrease in its shearing ability. Friction between muscles increase so they can not work together easily. This causes discomfort as the body feels stiff and can’t move easily.
WHY IS BOWEN THERAPY AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT?
That’s where Bowen therapy is a great alternative treatment. The Bowen therapist’s moves conducted through the hands on the body are gentle enough for the fascia for it not to be reactive, as if experiencing muscle movement or impact. The Bowen therapist’s knowledge about fascia and its interconnectivity throughout the body is used to examine the area the client knows to be a problem, with other restricted areas the therapist sees or feels.
The Bowen therapist knows that improving the function of the fascia in one area of the body can have a ripple effect to the same fascia supporting another area in the body.
The fascia connectivity through the body can explain how treatment performed on shoulder blades allows someone’s hamstrings to release. It can explain how work focussing on rebalancing the pelvis allows a shoulder to return to correct location with improved range of movement. It can explain how work on the jaw can help the body return to upright.
Healthy fascia is an empowering function of the body but when impacted by injury, illness or surgery and restrictions are felt, treating the immediate site of the pain may not be the only solution as the problem may lie elsewhere.
With more research discovering the heavy lifting our fascia performs every day, Bowen therapy is increasingly coming into its own as the best alternative.
* Research for this article was found in Anatomy Trains by Tom Myers and ‘What is Bowen Therapy’ on the Simply Bowen website.
YOUR BOWEN PRACTITIONER
Carla Hutchinson-Reade Owner Practitioner Certificate IV in Bowen Therapy 10533NAT, member of the Bowen Association of Australia (BAA).
Carla found Bowen therapy when an osteopath recommended it'd be an ideal career for her calming nature and investigative mind for all things health. The long-time resident of Townsville is proud to support people with this Australian-made practice so they can live more abundantly.
WHAT MAY I EXPECT DURING A BOWEN TREATMENT?
Bowen is a gentle form of body work in which subtle moves performed over the muscles and connective tissue send messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a preferred, relaxed, balanced way of wellbeing. Results can be remarkable, even from the first session; often only a few sessions are needed to correct the presenting problem.
There are frequent but very essential pauses throughout the session that allows the body time to respond and begin the healing process. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.
CAN BOWEN THERAPY HELP ME?
The original Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and is considered appropriate for anyone from pregnant women to newborn babies, the frail and the elderly.
It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending upon each individual's capacity to heal. No adverse side effects have been reported.
The therapy should be considered for:
- Back pain and sciatica
- Digestive and bowel problems including IBS
- Earache, ear infections and migraines
- Autoimmune conditions, Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Knee, ankle and foot problems
- Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
- Neck/shoulder problems including frozen shoulder
- Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
- Respiratory problems and hay fever
- RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
- Sports and accident injuries