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]
Former engineer Stephen Fullick first heard about Bowen Technique on a meditation retreat in 1995. After benefitting from the therapy himself, Stephen undertook training in 1997, qualifying with Bowen Therapy Academy Australia (BTAA) in 1999. Oswald Rentsch, pioneer of training in Bowen Technique worldwide, taught Stephen during his time at BTAA.
Stephen has been a full-time therapist since 1999 and has completed many post-qualification courses to continue his professional development. These courses include specialist training in Neurostructual Integration Technique (NST), which details the advanced principles of Bowen Technique and allows Stephen to offer a more comprehensive therapy. Stephen has also completed additional training in Anatomy and Physiology with the Vocational Training Charitable Trust Foundation (VTCT).
Volunteering with the Samaritans for several years, Stephen has always taken an empathetic and non-judgemental approach. He has translated this into his career and teaching, working with Active Health to guide the safe use of Ear Candles and impart the philosophy of this therapy. Stephen lives in King's Lynn and works in various natural health clinical across East Anglia.