Bowen Therapy is named after its founder, Thomas Bowen (1916–1982), who was a self-taught “manipulative therapist.”
According to The American Bowen Academy, “Bowenwork® is a system of touch that initiates a series of responses through stimulation of the nervous, musculoskeletal, fascial, and energetic systems of the human body.”
Bowen bodywork is extremely minimalist; practitioners use only light, simple, brief moves on the body, interspersed with two-minute pauses, to cause the body to move into a relaxation and innate, restorative mode.
Bowen therapy works to treat the “entire body” and stimulate “holistic effects” that will create healing on a greater range of issues than they might have come into treatment for – or even realize they have.
The premise of the body work is that pain in the fascia triggers pain throughout a wide range of muscles, nerves and tissues; according to Bowen, fascial dysfunction could affect every structure, muscle, nerve and organ in the body.
According to the Bowen Academy website, the techniques work along “Bowenwork’s overarching philosophy of “Less is best,” – with its therapist doing only the least amount of stimulus necessary to encourage the body to heal itself.
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Clients sit or lie on a massage table, dressed in loose, light clothing; no lubricant is used. Says Massage Magazine, “When people initially observe and experience this subtle technique, it may seem a little mysterious in its minimal approach, with the practitioner applying some hands-on work, interspersed with hands-off delays.”
Here’s a video for a look at Bowen in practice.