The Science Behind … The Bowen Technique
The Bowen Technique is a complementary hands-on therapy that specialises on the rebalancing the body through the nervous system and the fascia.
The fascia under a microscope resembles a spider web. This substance binds cells together; it infuses, surrounds and protects every living cell that makes up tissue, muscle, ligaments and tendons. The fascia runs from the top of your head down to the end of your toe and in a horse from the tip of his ears and nose to the end of the dock. It has no end and can be found everywhere, connected to everything; it is a continuous weave of material that resembles a knitted jumper. Like a pull in a thread of a jumper, the fascia is distorted which affects other areas of the body later on in life.
In a health body the fascia is dynamic, fluid like, relaxed and pliable, it provides cushioning and a support mechanism allowing optimum movement of the body. It has ability to stretch and move in all direction creating suppleness.
Following an emotional or physical trauma (slip, fall or injury) the fascia affected, hardens restricting movement through the associated muscle groups. This causes the fascia network to lose its dynamic fluid-like structure creating stiffness, tension and imbalance that restrict the movement of the person. Restriction in the tissue can cause a number of problems, such as:
Although the Bowen is primarily thought of as a musculoskeletal therapy for muscular ailments it is also suggested that the Bowen moves, affect the autonomic nervous system. As this system controls about 80% – 90% of our bodies organs. In Bowen, moves are made over the periphery of the skin, where it is able to stimulate a nervous response activating the autonomic (voluntary control of movement) and somatic nerves (involuntary response to external environment).
The autonomic nervous system is part of the peripheral that is associated with involuntary response i.e. heart rate, digestion, respiration, urination, immunity, sexual arousal. The autonomic system is divided into parasympathetic the “relaxed state” and sympathetic the “fight and flight”.
In today’s society we are surrounded by pressure to deliver and succeed, to be career driven, work longer hours, not sleeping well at night, numerous amounts of coffee and also our sugary diets, all of which create an overwhelming amount of stress on our mental and psychological well-being. Our adrenalin is over activated, if this keeps up and so begins the slippery slope to disaster! The human body will inevitably shut down either through a physical, mentally or emotionally imbalance. If one shuts eventually they all will. See General Well-being
So many people today are stuck in the “fight or flight” response, the nervous system is unable to switch back into the “relaxed state”. This has been linked to nervous dispositions such as anxiety, depression and stress.
Bowen seems to have an amazing response with a high percentage of clients, rebalancing their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The majority feel reactions such as tingling sensations, vibrations that have be likened to nervous responses during and for days after the treatment. During this time clients have experienced immense thrust that is likely to be linked to the rehydration of the fascia.
If the Bowen activates the balance between the anatomic and symptomatic nervous system then majority of ailments will respond, as the nervous system is the centre of communication to every cell throughout the body!
The Bowen Technique is a non-invasive hand on therapy that can help with a wide range of conditions. This treatment is gentle yet precise, moves are made over trigger point areas of the body which stimulate a nervous response to release muscular tension.