What Makes Bowen Different from Other
Therapies?

Many other therapies inflict the will of the therapist on to the patient. In
osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy for instance, a diagnosis is
made and treatment is given accordingly. On the face of it this may
seem okay, but Bowen doesn’t work like that. The important thing about
Bowen is that it allows the body the space to decide what is wrong and
how to go about fixing it. Many conditions will respond that the therapist
was not even aware of, simply because the body has made the decision
to restore lines of communication to that area. A Bowen therapist will
understand that the body is capable of healing the cause of the pain
and not only the symptom.

Diagnosis therefore is not generally an area that a pure Bowen therapist
will enter. Rather he or she will offer the work to the body and allow it to
decide what, when and where it will use the treatment. There are
obviously certain moves for certain symptoms and conditions but in
many cases, a basic balancing of the body is enough to clear many long
standing problems without need for specifics.

Bowen’s critics will say that much may be missed by choosing not to
diagnose in any way and this may be the case. But with the best will in
the world, diagnosis is generally a fairly hit and miss affair even by highly
trained practitioners. Bowen is not a substitute for medical advice but
rather a chance for the patient’s body to choose, rather than a set of
treatments being thrust upon it.

The speed at which Bowen works is another area that differs from other
therapies. Most sport or work related injuries or problems will respond to
Bowen within two to three treatments a week apart. Even long term
conditions can respond very quickly irrespective as to whether other
treatments have been used.

Bowen stimulates the nerve endings that regulate muscle tension. As the
nerves are stimulated, they signal the muscles to regain normal muscle
tension and length allowing the muscle to relax and release Trigger
Points.  It is necessary to allow the muscles time to respond by waiting
several minutes before the next set of Bowen moves are done.