The Bowen Technique & Indian Head Massage
The Bowen Fascial Release Technique' was developed by Thomas Ambrose Bowen of Geelong, Australia who had a thriving practice until he died in 1982. His approach is now known throughout the world. It is a gentle, relaxing, non-invasive, hands-on treatment. The therapist makes a series of rolling-type moves using thumbs or fingers over muscles, tendons, ligaments and Fascia at precise points on the body, interspersed with short breaks where the client is left resting. This allows their body to respond to the gentle moves that have been performed and is an important part of the treatment. It gives the body time to make the subtle and fine adjustments which help to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain. It is these features which make Bowen unique.
The Bowen Technique
What is Fascia?
It is a connective tissue made up of collagen fibres. Collagen is the most common protein in the body and forms the basis for our entire connective tissue network. There are lots of types of connective tissue and also different types of fascia, but the main thing to remember is that all fascia is connective tissue, but not all connective tissue is fascia.
Fascia is the white wrapping that we see around muscle, but is also the tissue that winds through and around the muscles, organs and bones, joining everything together. It’s not considered much when discussing anatomy, but is becoming more and more studied by many scientists around the world, who see the fascia as key to human movement and stability. Fascia is the tissue that continues after the muscle has come to an end and some studies have shown that is able to contract independently of muscle. Research suggests that fascia is a transmitter of tensional forces and allows fluid human movement to take place. Information provided by the European College of Bowen Studies.
What can it help you with?
Many therapies claim to be fascial in their approach, but Bowen is the ultimate fascial release, as it recognises the gentle and slow approach required by such tightly packed and coiled fibres. Bowen aims to balance the whole person, not to treat just the symptoms. Common presentations include back and neck pain, knee problems, sports injuries, RSI, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and respiratory problems to name but a few. Practically any problem can potentially be addressed and many people use Bowen as a means of stress management and health maintenance, seeing their therapist regularly 2-4 times a year.
What can you expect in treatment?
Bowen sessions last for approximately 60 minutes and are performed through light clothing. On your first appointment, I will take a detailed medical history. Two to five treatments, at weekly intervals are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief, although further treatments may be required. It is not uncommon for clients to feel the benefits after their first or second treatment but this varies with each client depending on their lifestyle and the nature of their problem.
Bowen has been reported to affect a number of incidental factors: improved quality of sleep, mood elevation, ability to concentrate and focus and a positive outlook on life. Due to its gentle nature, it is suitable for adults, children, including newborn babies and the elderly.
Please visit Lisa's personal website for more information, common presentations and client testimonials: www.lisahopperbowentherapy.com
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is a massage technique based on the Ayurvedic system of healing practised in India for over a thousand years, whereby the head and scalp are massaged, which allows for an effective means of subtle relaxation. Combining Indian Head Massage with the Marma points on the upper back, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, scalp and face, it releases tension in the tissues, joints and muscles restoring energy balance by clearing areas of negativity.
For more information please visit my website: www.lisahopperbowentherapy.com