What can I expect during a Bowen treatment?
A full health history will be taken at your first appointment. This is time well spent, as it is often here that your real problems are identified. The procedure is carried out on a therapy bed, but if this is uncomfortable seated sessions are available. Many people usually become very relaxed right away, and even fall asleep during the treatment.
What should I wear for a Bowen treatment?
Bowen can be carried out through light clothing. Try to wear something lightweight and non-slippery. A cotton T-shirt and pajama bottoms, shorts or thin trousers are ideal. Please do not wear jeans as the moves will not be effective.
How many treatments will I need to have?
Everyone responds differently so it is impossible to say. Some problems need more treatments and some less. Many people find it beneficial to have top-up treatments thus preventing re-injury and maintaining a supple, healthy and relaxed body. But we recommend at least 3 treatments to give the therapy a chance to make long lasting changes. Though you should see results from the first session.
Can I have Bowen therapy if I am pregnant?
Absolutely, Bowen therapy will help you by alleviating many symptoms that you may experience during your pregnancy. It can also help to prepare your body for the labour, by releasing the muscles allowing for an easier birth. If required, Bowen therapy can be used to induce labour if you go over the term of your pregnancy. After your pregnancy, Bowen therapy is beneficial for returning your organs back to their original position, giving you more energy to enjoy your new life with your baby.
Why do you have lots of breaks and leave the room?
Mr Bowen use to do a few movements and then leave the room to allow the body 'to get the message' and realign itself. Bowen continues to integrate in the body for a week after the session.
What training does a Bowen practitioner undertake?
Bowen practitioners undergo an intensive training programme followed by a two day practical exam. In order to keep the qualification valid follow-up training is required on a yearly basis as well as current First Aid Certificate and Insurance.
- Drink plenty of water to help the body release toxins
- On the day of the session, do not sit for more than 30 minutes at a time. Get up periodically and take a short walk.
- No hot tubs, sauna, heating pads or ice packs. A brief shower is acceptable
- Upon standing, weight should be evenly distributed on both feet. Do not stand on just one foot at a time. This helps to maintain the balance effect of
the treatment on the body.
- No massage or treatments involving adjustments, chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture should be taken during the following week.
It is recommended that sessions are set a week apart allowing the body to integrate.