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What I love about Bowen Therapy

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When I was deep in the throes of my physical misery (severe acid reflux) I felt desperate for a fix. So desperate that I took prescription meds and we all know how that turned out. If you don’t have a peek here. 

So, I told you that after stopping the horrible meds and one session of Bowen, I began to feel better.

Six days after my first appointment, I went back for a follow-up, which by then I was 98% clear of any acid reflux. My sinuses also were clearing greatly.

Now, you may be asking, ‘what is Bowen anyway?’.

Well, I don’t fully understand it but I do fully believe in it.

What I do understand is that it focuses on the muscular structure and fixes any misalignments.

What happens in a typical session?

Bowen is not like getting a massage.

You do lay down on a massage table but you are fully clothed.

The practitioner feels around your spine and muscles then leaves the room.

These slight touches are called moves.

A 2 minute break between moves allows the adjustment to take place, so to speak.

This continues throughout your body for close to an hour (yes, he/she leaves the room every few minutes so don’t be alarmed when this happens).

Because I went to aid my stomach and sinus issues, my practitioner also honed in on these areas.

The session ends with a few standing exercises and adjustments in needed.

When done, I left feeling relaxed and content.

For 48 hours after each appointment, it is advised to not have any other treatments or apply excess heat to your body (heated blanket, hot water bottle, hot tubs etc).

After my second session, I was advised to wait 2-3 weeks before returning. I was told that after 10 days, I may feel my symptoms return and even get worse but that did not happen. I just continued to get better and now, I have zero reflux and aside from am occasional  runny nose and mild congestion (which is the norm for me) my sinuses are clear most of the day and night.

My third session is booked for tomorrow and then I plan to return once a month.

Bowen Therapy (aka Bowen Technique) originated in Geelong, Australia over 50 years ago. Founder, Tom Bowen believed that “that the underlying cause or source of many musculoskeletal, neurological, neuromuscular and other health or pain problems could be found in the soft tissue or fascia.”

For more information about this holistic therapeutic therapy, click here.

 

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Author: Jennifer Morton

Freelance travel and lifestyle writer | photographer | coffee snob | INFJ | yogi wannabe | Canadian expat | will write for money

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