The nature of Bowen Therapy is to leave the client’s body to rest and relax periodically during the session as the nervous system balances the body.Bowen Therapy is based on a unique rolling movement across muscles (called the “Bowen Move”) that works great at releasing and relaxing a muscle. Following what I’ve noted in Pre-Treatment assessment, I work to achieve symmetry in your body using Bowen Moves! Bowen Treatment is a targeted approach based on four factors – Vertebral Subluxation, Dural Drag, Sustaining Muscle Spasms and the Therapeutic Pause
- Vertebral Subluxations are viewed as a dysfunctional spinal segment associated with disturbance of the nervous system but are not treated like a chiropractor would. There’s no cracking or popping adjustments here!
- Dural Drag is an irritation of the “dura mater”, the outer meningeal layer of the spinal cord which encases the Central Nervous System (CNS). When there is irritation of the dura, there will be increased tension in the muscles on one side of the body. This condition of one-sided abnormal tension may be described as a “dural drag” and is evidenced by the presence of a functional short leg.
- Sustaining Muscle Spasms are particular points of spasm or tension in a muscle that seem to actually cause and hold the spinal subluxation place. These are the areas that Bowen Moves address to balance the body.
- Therapeutic Pause is one of the key elements of Bowen Therapy, the therapist leaving the room to give the body time to re-set and relax after releasing the tight, sustaining muscle spasms.
So as a Bowen Therapist, I assess to locate the sustaining muscle spasm, thru assessments, to find where these muscles are holding spinal subluxations in place, causing dural drag (or irritation of the spine), resulting in a functional asymmetry in the body. Once the subluxation leaves, the Central Nervous System is allowed to activate it’s innate regulating and healing mechanisms in order to restore optimal function and symmetry.