£46 - for 1 session
The Bowen technique is a soft tissue remedial therapy. The technique involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligament tendon and fascia in various parts of the body. The work is very subtle, relaxing and gentle involving no hard or prolonged pressure.
During a session the client will lie on a therapy table or bed, although the work can be effectively carried out with the client in a chair. Most of the work can be performed through light clothing, although some therapists prefer to work on skin.
An initial treatment will address the whole body. As a general rule, moves will be made over the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back and shoulders before finishing with neck moves with the client supine (face up).
A feature of the work is that between sets of moves the therapist will leave the room and allow the client to rest. This is a key element of Bowen and is a defining aspect of the technique as well as being one of the most important. The break allows the body the opportunity to create a decision about what action needs to be taken in response to the moves given, and gives the nervous system a chance to establish the correct actions. In the process, the body can gather other information and it is common for areas not being directly treated to respond to the treatment.
A session will last generally around 45 minutes to one hour. Treatments should be scheduled for between five and seven days apart and an initial set of three treatments is recommended in order to establish whether the client is likely to respond to treatment.