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Bowenwork is a soft-tissue manipulation technique performed over specific points, muscles, and innervations in the body that initiates full-body balance and healing via both the fascial (connective tissue) network and the nervous system. Bowenwork heals from within, according to your body’s own individual blueprint of ideal health and has helped improve conditions such as: aches, pains, sore muscles, poor posture, stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, asthma, insomnia, hormonal conditions, cramps, pelvic misalignment, sacral pain, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, arthritis, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, scoliosis, sciatica, knee and leg pain, plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toe, and many more. What’s more is the benefits gained from a well-designed Bowenwork treatment plan are usually long-term, and sometimes permanent.

Learn more about this amazing bodywork therapy below.

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What is Bowenwork®?
Who Benefits from Bowenwork?
My Qualifications & Pricing
What is a Bowenwork session like?
Response to Bowenwork
Does Bowenwork have any negative effects?
How can the client help integrate the work?
Frequency & Mixing Other Bodywork
Bowenwork and Medications

What is Bowenwork®?
Bowenwork is a relaxing form of bodywork during which gentle, non-invasive touches with the practitioner’s fingers and thumbs are performed over specific places on the body. These "moves" set in motion long-lasting, full-body balance via the fascial network and nervous system. In other words, Bowenwork heals from within according to your body’s specific health needs by initiating the body's own healing capabilities. In that regard, Bowenwork is more like acupuncture (without the needles) than massage, though you may feel like you just had a very relaxing massage after a Bowen session. This incredible therapy was developed in Australia by the late Tom Bowen from his profound understanding of structural integrative healing, and has been practiced all over the world since the late 50’s. Find out more about the origin of Bowenwork here.

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Who Benefits from Bowenwork?
Bowenwork is so gentle that it is safe and equally effective for all ages and stages of health - from infants to the elderly, from the fit to the sedentary to the debilitated. To those passing on. Because it creates minimum stress on the body, Bowenwork is able to facilitate greater healing capacity in the body exactly where it is needed.

While there are circumstances in which specific moves are contraindicated there are NO contraindications for a Bowenwork session. Bowenwork can be used on recent and chronic injuries, prior to and post-surgery, and during pregnancy. Anyone can benefit from Bowenwork.

I especially urge those who have tried *EVERYTHING* and been told that they must live in pain to try Bowenwork. Thousands have tried Bowenwork as a last resort and practitioners regularly see significant change and recovery in these clients. I personally feel that one of the most powerful treatment plans you can have includes regular Bowenwork and Physical Therapy, though every person is different.

Practitioners and clients have witnessed hundreds of conditions respond positively to Bowenwork including:
  • stress, anxiety, and depression (reduced almost immediately by Bowenwork)
  • mood swings
  • aches, pains, and sore muscles
  • recent AND chronic injuries
  • inflammation, lymph drainage, and edema reduction
  • chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, polymyalgia, and multiple sclerosis
  • insomnia, chronic fatigue, and restless leg syndrome
  • restricted range of motion
  • headaches and migraines
  • jaw issues and TMJ
  • Bell’s palsy
  • deafness and Ménière's disease
  • dyslexia
  • asthma, shallow breathing, angina, and chest/diaphragm pain
  • breast lumps
  • hay fever, influenza, and emphysema
  • cramps (menstrual and muscular)
  • bursitis, tendinitis, and cellulitis
  • frozen shoulder, high shoulder, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel
  • kidney issues and liver issues
  • indigestion, abdominal pain, and gallbladder pain
  • postural issues, scoliosis, back pain
  • pelvic tilt or misalignment, groin pain, sacral pain, sciatica, and coccyx pain
  • constipation, incontinence
  • hormonal conditions and infertility
  • hernias
  • knee pain, calf pain, shin splints, and heel pain
  • bunions, hammer toes, and plantar fasciitis
  • neuromas
  • colic and bed-wetting

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My Qualifications & Pricing
I am Bowenwork practitioner registered with the American Bowen Academy, trained under an instructor of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia.

Click here for my other qualifications

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What is a Bowenwork session like?
Much like a massage therapy session, the client and the practitioner will discuss the client’s goals and appropriate treatment plan to achieve these goals before the actual treatment begins. Bowenwork can be performed over and around loose clothing (like a tank top and gym shorts), or on bare skin – whatever is most comfortable for the client. During a Bowenwork treatment, the practitioner will make gentle touches over specific muscles, tendons, ligaments, innervations, acupressure points, and meridians in the body, primarily accessing the superficial layer of fascia and the nerves located therein. With these light touches over these specific points, as opposed to the deeper muscular tissue manipulation you get with massage therapy, the practitioner is able to access (instead of override) nerve proprioceptors that relay the practitioner’s message to attain homeostasis, release tension, realign posture, and promote well-being all throughout the body. In order for the body to integrate this message, the practitioner must remove their hands from the body for a period of 2-5 minutes, or more (depending on the individual client and procedure). During this time, the practitioner will step away from the table and out of the client’s space so that the full benefits of Bowenwork may be enjoyed. The client is encouraged to communicate any questions, sensations, or feelings they are experiencing, but otherwise they should be focused on relaxed breathing and the feeling of being in their body. The practitioner will speak as little as possible. At the very end, the client will be given 5-10 minutes to relax and fully soak up the work. After the session, which typically lasts 45-75 minutes (depending on the treatment plan), the practitioner and client will communicate about the session and discuss self-care and future sessions according to the client’s treatment plan

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Response to Bowenwork
During the session, clients report feeling relaxed and their breathing becomes noticeably deeper. Rapid heart rates calm and hypersensitivity common to those suffering anxiety and stress melts away. Every body responds to Bowenwork differently, depending on the individual’s own process of healing. Clients often begin to feel the effects immediately on the table. Others may not feel it until 24-48 hours after the session. The effects typically last 3-4 days after the session, but many effects may be long-term, especially with consecutive sessions. I have personally noticed in myself and my clients the greatest long-term change after 3-4 sessions. If relief is short-term, the body may need more than one reminder of good health before it can continue to unravel stress and tension. Problems may come back if there is a possibility of injury that has not been addressed, muscle weakness, or strong repetitive stress patterns. However if the client supports their recovery with proper stretching, strengthening, healthy activities that avoids re-injury, and good nutrition and hydration, the likelihood of relievable issues returning is very low.

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Does Bowenwork have any negative effects?
Due to Bowenwork’s detoxifying release of tension, stress, and structural blockages in the body, there can be some residual soreness or "unscrambling" in the days following a session. It is *very* important to increase your water intake 3-4 days after a session, as this facilitates lubrication of the connective tissue, communication with the nervous system, and will basically help keeep you from feeling sore after a session. The detox effects of Bowenwork are typically minor and in fact a good indication of healthy movement in the body. However, if you have any concerns about your condition or the way you feel during or following a session, do not hesitate to contact me.

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How can the client help integrate the work?
To best integrate the work, it is recommended that the client drinks at least 6-8 8oz glasses of water a day and spends at least 15 minutes walking a day, outside if possible. Dancing, swimming, and yoga are also a wonderful itnegrative exercise. This regimen should be followed for at least 3-4 days. Depending on the client and their issue, some specific exercises or home care techniques may be suggested. Full body movements after a Bowenwork session help to reinforce the messages of healing we've sent through the nervous system and strengthens the body's ability to recover and improve.

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Bowenwork Frequency & Mixing Bodywork
If it is your first Bowenwork session, or your first one in a while, 2 sessions 4-10 days apart are recommended to re-balance the body and initiate the healing process. After that, Bowenwork frequency really depends on the client and their goals. Anybody can benefit from a weekly or monthly session, but clients with more specific goals may need more specific treatment plans. Most clients notice significant improvement, and sometimes resolution, in 4-8 sessions.

Bowenwork can be used in appropriate sequence with a variety of therapies, with sufficient time allotted in between for Bowenwork to take effect. It is recommended that Bowenwork be given about 4-10 days without additional bodywork input to fully integrate the messages from the session. Typically Bowenwork sessions are scheduled at least a week apart from oner another. Acupuncture and Reiki however, because they function so similarly to Bowenwork, can be used freely according to the client’s preference, though I would always personally recommend at least 4 days between therapies to avoid overloading the body or nervous system. Homeopathy and Bowenwork also work similarly, so they too may be used in conjunction. In fact, Bowenwork has been called the “homeopathy of bodywork” because of its gentle application, individual-based processing, and dramatic results.

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Bowenwork and Medications
Bowenwork has no negative interactions with medications and there may actually be a reduced need for medication and cortisone shots as a result of Bowenwork. However always ALWAYS consult with your doctor before reducing or discontinuing any medications.

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