Alternative Medicine - Alternative Therapy
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Review of "Bowen Technique"
I haven't had this treatment personally but my Mum had it to treat sciatica which had been an ongoing problem for many years. It has been the only thing that has given any real relief for her in a long time. Working in a medical profession I am interested in many types of alternative therapy and thought I could pass on a little bit of info about the Bowen technique.
~~ A BRIEF HISTORY ~~
The Bowen technique was developed by Thomas A. Bowen after the 2nd World War. He wasn't trained in any sort of medicine but he was interested in alleviating human suffering and he began to notice that when he made certain moves on the body, it had particular beneficial effects.In 1974 he was introduced to a massage therapist Oswald Rentsch, who studied Bowen's technique and documented everything, as nothing had been written down about his work before. Bowen opened a clinic and by 1975 saw about 13,000 patients a year, treatments were 7 days apart and most people only needed 2-3 treatments.
It was not until his death in 1982 that Rentsch began to pass all this information on and teach the technique to others.
The Bowen technique works by "resetting the body to heal itself". The manipulation is a series of gently rolling connective tissue moves, using light touch and can be done through clothing. The pauses between these moves give the body time to benefit from each move. The practitioner can find stressed areas in muscle groups and release that stress.
~~ SO WHAT IS THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE ~~
This results in a deep sense of relaxation, and healing seems to occur by affecting the body's autonomic nervous system, which creates homeostasis at a cellular level, (brings the bodys natural chemical levels back to normal).
Autonomic nervous system - The part of the nervous system which controls body functions that are not under concious control eg: heartbeat.The technique is a COMPLIMENTARY technique which means that it is and can be used alongside traditional medicine and alternative therapies. It is not recommended that any other manipulative therapies are done after a session though as this can affect how it works.
It is safe to use on anyone including newborn babies and elderly.
~~ BENEFITS ~~
Can treat many conditions, (see below).
There is no vigerous manipulation.
Improves joint mobility, improves circulation and lymphatic drainage which helps to get rid of the body's toxins.
Relief is frequently achieved after only one session.
~~ SO WHAT CAN IT TREAT ~~
Asthma and other respiratory problems
Bell's palsy (paralysis of facial muscles)
Constipation and diarrhoea and other digestive upsets
Knee and hip and pelvic problems
RSI (repetative stress injury)
Sciatica (pain in sciatic nerve felt in the back of thigh, leg or foot)
Skeletal and muscular problems
If you would like any more information on the Bowen technique or would like to find a qualified practitioner the best website to visit is.
The website explains all about the therapy and lists everyone qualified in the UK.
Product Information : Bowen Technique
Manufacturer's product descriptionAlternative Medicine - Alternative Therapy
Long Name: Technique
Type: Alternative Therapy
Type for Subname: Alternative Medicine
Listed on Ciao since: 06/02/2003