The Bowen Technique uses a gentle, rolling motion, with very light touches. The rolls are supposed to either tighten or loosen off muscles depending on the way the move is done. Between the series of gentle moves there are regular pauses to give the body the required time for the body to reset and heal itself.
Bowen devised a set sequence of moves for all muscles, tendons and ligaments of the body and the common move is the specific “squeezing the sausage” moving across the fibre of the tissues using the fingers and / or thumbs. It is particularly effective in many cases of trauma of the fascia and connective tissue structures. It does not specifically aim to align the skeleton although the techniques will dramatically release large areas of muscular tension.
Bowen Therapy is not considered to be a massage technique but rather a non invasive muscle release technique consisting of a series of gentle cross fibre moves that have long term benefits so long as the injury or pain is not re-aggravated.
The client lies on a bed or couch wearing light clothing so the sequences can be done with clothes on. Half to one hour is a typical treatment period. About three sessions of the Bowen Technique is recommended as a starter with a break of about seven days between treatments.
It is widely accepted that Bowen is a standalone therapy and should not be done in conjunction with any other therapy nor start any other therapy before 7 days after the last Bowen treatment.