What Can the Bowen Technique help with?
Pre-conception:
Bowen can help by regulating the menstrual cycle and enhancing fertility in both men and women. It brings about a state of balance in the nervous system and may release areas that are blocked or unable to function optimally.
1st Trimester:
It can help with fatigue, anxiety, nausea, morning sickness and the emotional fluctuations associated with hormone changes, assisting the body to adapt to this new and fast-changing state.
2nd and 3rd Trimester:
The Bowen technique is very helpful in relieving lower back pain, sciatica, swollen legs and ankles, cramps, gastric discomfort, breathing, heartburn and reflux. As the pregnancy nears the end, Bowen sessions can relieve the discomfort of pelvic pressure, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, aching feet, legs and groin. It can also help in optimising foetal positioning prior to birth and has been known to change the baby’s presentation. Here is a quote from a midwife practicing in Lancaster:

“A colleague (midwife) asked me if Bowen might help to turn her baby round as she was carrying breech at 35 weeks and was anxious to avoid a possible caesarean birth or run the risk of a vaginal breech delivery. I gave her one treatment session using the pelvic procedure and she phoned two days later to say the baby had flipped over into a Cephalic (head) normal presentation.”

How does Bowen work in facilitating labour?
Bowen moves performed on a woman in labour help the process by relaxing pelvic muscles and ligaments, allowing the baby’s head to move more deeply into the birth canal. It also helps to manage the discomfort as contractions increase and enhances the ability to relax, focus, and feel more comfortable and confident to move around
and change position as well as resting during contractions. Bowen can also be used as a natural induction to labour.

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Excerpt taken from Lisbeth Russell, Cert ECBS., ITEC