What Makes Bowenwork 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 six treatments scheduled 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.
What about advanced Bowen?
The original name for the technique was known as Bowen, for Tom Bowen. Later, after Mr. Bowen
passed away, the Bowen Academy of Australia (BTAA) established the name Bowtech™ which
brought together the 2 words, (Bow)en and (Tech)nique. Recently the name Bowenwork has been
trademarked by the BTAA to distinguish the original Bowen technique from other forms of bodywork
that mimic Mr. Bowen’s work and call it advanced Bowen (i.e.: Neural touch, Neurostructural
Integration Technique) in order to keep other modifications of this therapy from being confused with
the original Bowen technique.
I Have had the chance to experience the other so called “advanced Bowen” and in my opinion these
techniques were created to make up for the lack of assessment skills of those practitioners. Using
original Bowenwork with proper assessment of the client I have been able to address just about every
condition that has come into my office.
Be sure to confirm you are seeing a true Bowenwork practitioner who is registered with the Bowen
Academy of Australia. Otherwise, you may not be receiving the true work of Tom Bowen. You can visit
the website www.bowenwork.com to verify those practitioners who are registered with BTAA.