Bowen Therapy / Neurostructural Integration Technique
Bowen Therapy is a light-touch bodywork technique that employs a sequence of subtle and precise movements to eliminate tension in the neuromuscular system.
Who can it help?
Bowen Therapy is suitable across the lifespan, due to its gentle and non-invasive nature. It is effective in addressing all structural conditions; including back pain, neck pain, shoulder and wrist pain, knee and ankle pain, injury following accidents, and sporting injuries. In addition to this, Bowen Therapy is appropriate for a range of general health concerns; including respiratory conditions, digestive conditions, menstrual conditions and chronic fatigue. It is also reported to promote emotional regulation.
How does it work?
Bowen moves are applied using fingers and thumbs over muscles, tendons, nerves and fascia using gentle, non-invasive pressure. These moves challenge the individual muscles for several seconds to disturb the muscle fibres from their neutral position. After the thumb rolls over and across the tissue, the muscle reacts by springing back into its original place. Using a keen sense of tissue tension, the therapist can feel where stress has built up in the muscles and release this using the appropriate action. The release of tension assists the body in restoring structural integrity and optimal functioning by triggering a natural capacity for self-healing. A single treatment consists of a series of specific sequences of these moves, called procedures, with frequent pauses to allow time for the body to respond.
What happens in a session?
A single session of Bowen Therapy usually lasts one hour. The technique is performed through light clothing using a therapy couch. During the session, your therapist will ask you to lie face down, on your back and sit upright on the side of the couch. Your therapist will apply moves to the body in all three of these positions; taking frequent, brief pauses to allow time for the body to respond. This work can be adapted to your capabilities (i.e. sitting in a chair if you are unable to lay face down).
What does a treatment plan look like?
During the initial consultation, your therapist will complete a case study form and ask questions about your medical history to form an assessment. This session usually takes around an hour and a quarter.
Between sessions, the neuromuscular system is going through a period of adjustments. Clients are given a series of aftercare instructions during this time.
While many people find relief after 1-2 sessions of Bowen Therapy, between 2-6 sessions are recommended initially (with potential for ongoing treatment). The number of sessions required depends on the nature and severity of the problem.
Prices and Booking
Stephen is available on Thursdays 9 am - 1:15 pm. Sessions cost £42
To book call Treat Reception: 01603 514195
or email: [email protected]