Integrative Bowen Therapy

The Bowen Technique is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy which utilizes subtle inputs to the body, stimulating the body to heal itself. When used in conjunction with other myofascial and osteopathic techniques, dramatic healing can occur.

Bowen Technique can provide relief for many types of injuries and health problems, both acute and chronic. It does so holistically, via the body’s innate healing mechanisms. The practitioner’s moves deliver signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves), and the body responds in its own time – within its vital capacity. When indicated, additional myofascial elements are added, addressing chronic connective tissue tension and adhesion. This therapy is appropriate for people of all ages, in all degrees of health, and is adjusted to each unique individual’s need.

Rather than focusing on a single complaint, Integrative Bowen Therapy addresses the entire body by stimulating the connective tissue and restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic over-stimulation (fight or flight). Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest & digest). Bowen Technique enables that shift. During a session, an individual often drops into deep relaxation and loud peristalsis may be heard. Both of these changes are indications of a profound release from stress and a shift towards parasympathetic influence. This promotes deeper healing and reactivates recovery in areas that have shifted into chronic dysfunction.

Some of the conditions that often respond favorably to Integrative Bowen Therapy are:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Migraines and other types of headaches
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
  • Neck and shoulder problems (including “frozen shoulder’”)
  • Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
  • Sports and other traumatic injuries
  • Strain injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow
  • Insomnia, acute stress reactions, and anxiety
  • TMJ tension and jaw problems

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