A Bowen treatment consists of gentle, rolling movements done with the practitioner’s hands on specific points of the body. These moves are light and can be done through clothing. They stimulate a systemic response so powerful that a pause is observed between each series of moves to allow the body to integrate this information.
A pattern of movements and pauses continues throughout the treatment. The rhythm is so soothing and relaxing that most patients fall asleep during the session. Benefits are usually apparent within two sessions, even when long-standing conditions are being treated.
The effects of the treatment continue to unfold over the next 4 to 5 days and here are several suggestions to help you get the most from your Bowen treatment.
Water. A well hydrated body is able to heal better than a dehydrated one. Therefore we suggest you drink plenty of water (or other liquid) for several days following your session. (If you seldom drink water it is suggested you gradually increase the amount of water you are drinking, rather than overloading your system all at once.)
Walk. Take a walk each day for a minimum of 10 (continuous) minutes. Walking helps your spine to realign and also aids in detoxification and digestion. Try to walk without carrying anything so your arms can swing freely.
Week. The ideal spacing between Bowen treatments is 7 to 10 days. This allows your body time to make the necessary adjustments and to process the treatment. Because Bowen is a very gentle, subtle technique, try to avoid having any other bodywork done (massage, chiropractic, physio) a minimum of 5 days before and for one week after a Bowen treatment. To encourage the tissue fluids to normalize avoid using any local heat or ice on the areas we have worked. If you find you are very achy after your session it is fine to have an epsom salts bath.
Thank you to Barb M. for suggesting this blog topic.