A Bowtech session

Bowtech is a ‘complementary’ modality in the sense that it enhances and complements, but does not interfere with, traditional medical attention. Bowtech’s input to the nervous system is very subtle, and the body responds over time. For that reason, it’s best to avoid other manipulative therapies for several days before and after a Bowtech session lest they interfere with the body’s response to the Bowtech.

Treatments tend to last for 30 – 60 minutes. Some people may need longer to rest and integrate the work after the treatment is technically completed. Most people notice changes happening during or after their first treatment. That said however, most people continue to return in order to get the deeper healing that their body needs. After this people usually listen to their body and return as needed for “tune-ups”. The number of treatments required varies so much from person to person, as we are all so unique. The treatment of an acute condition, right after in has happened, like an ankle sprain may only require 1-3 treatments, whereas a more chronic condition, in which your body has found a plethora of ways to compensate, will require more treatments to “undo” the unbalanced patterns. Some of the factors that determine the number of treatments include;

♦ the length of time that you have been living with an illness or issue
♦ compensation patterns that have developed over time
♦ general health, fitness and vitality
♦ the number of surgeries, accidents, and injuries
♦ the number and nature of chronic illnesses
♦ the number of medications currently taking, and so on.

Please do not get discouraged if you think that you will take longer to heal. Remember, it is not a race. With the Bowen Technique, you will almost certainly be pleasantly surprised at how nicely your body responds!

Another important note to make is that our physical bodies store our life’s experiences on a cellular level. When working with the body in this and other deep ways, it is quite common for people to have what is often referred to as a somato-emotional release. This is when traumas or experiences that were stored and possibly stuck in the body are permitted to be released. When this happens there is often a remembering of the experience and a re-experiencing of the emotions that went with it. This can be confusing at the time, but with support and gentle guidance, it is a very therapeutic and complete release on a physical, mental, emotional and often spiritual level, which increases one’s overall vitality and wellbeing.

Before the session

The ideal time for a Bowtech session is immediately after an injury. That way, your body can overcome the trauma before it begins to compensate for it. (The compensations often create more problems in the long run than the initial trauma itself.) If you can’t get to a Bowtech practitioner immediately, the sooner you can, the better. Within three days is ideal for the quickest and most complete recovery.

Many people don’t find out about Bowtech until weeks, months, or even years of trying other approaches or learning to live with it. If that’s the case with you, you’ll get the best results from your Bowtech if you:

  • Don’t have any other forms of bodywork for four days beforehand.
  • Avoid heavy exercise on the day of your session.
  • Don’t use ice or heat on the site of injury.
  • Wear or bring light-weight, loose-fitting clothing that your practitioner can work through. Or be prepared to be worked on in your underclothes, under sheets or blankets for modesty and comfort.
A skilled therapist can ‘read’ the body’s response to a session and adjust the Bowen moves accordingly.
(Image reproduced with the kind permission of First Stone Publishing from “Understanding the Bowen Technique” by John Wilks)