Bowen Technique

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The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique is non-invasive and can be performed through light clothing. It does not involve massage or heavy manipulation. Gentle, rolling movements are made over muscle and soft tissue, interspersed with periods of rest, as the body is allowed to process the treatment.

Many clients find this therapy a remarkably simple and yet extremely effective treatment for all kinds of health problems.

The technique involves gentle and precise manipulations of soft tissue in the body which release pain and tension and initiate the body’s natural healing abilities. In between sets of moves there are short breaks to allow the body time to respond to the moves made. During these breaks people often feel subtle and fine adjustments happening in the body. The therapy sets a process up in the body that can last for a week - so the full extent of the treatment can be appreciated after this time.

Treatment lasts for about forty-five minutes. Dramatic results can occur after the first session, although it can take up to three or four sessions. However, there are no limits to how many treatments one can receive, and regular top-ups are of great benefit for general health maintenance and to help prevent re-injury.

Emmett Technique

A new bodywork therapy that involves a combination of direct pressure and gentle movement on certain areas in the body. It promotes the release of certain muscle groups and allows the client's body to return to a state of balance.  The results are often dramatic, and can be instantaneous, with most clients recognising the improvements in pain levels and range of movement before
leaving the clinic.

It is essential to carefully assess the muscle groupings affecting particular areas of pain in the body, in order to fully effect change. As an Emmet practitioner I have recieved intensive training in this area, enabling me to make a full assessment and use the appropriate combination of moves to stimulate the body's healing. Emmet practitioners are also trained in special language skills based on the principles of NLP, which encourage the client to recognise and enhance the changes achieved, adding to the successful outcome of the work.

Having trained in NLP training separately, I very much appreciate the powerful effect that both these therapies have, and have enjoyed integrating them using the methods outlined by the founder, Ross Emmett.




Bowen and Emmett Technique in Pregnancy

Many of the problems associated with pregnancy the Bowen Technique can be helpful for, both before and after childbirth. These include backache, headaches, nausea, tiredness and decreased energy levels, sciatica, leg ache and heartburn.

Many of these symptoms are caused by the rapidly increasing stress on both the spine and the pelvis which occurs during pregnancy and which intensifies as the birth approaches. Knock-on effects of pain and discomfort are often also felt in the muscles and ligaments which support the spine and the pelvis.

Pregnant women can be treated in the sitting position or lying on their side. It is also completely non-invasive. Most of the symptoms associated with pregnancy can be easily relieved and the treatment itself is extremely relaxing.

Mother & Baby
The long-term effects of the changes in the body both on a hormonal and musculoskeletal level can last many months after childbirth with often painful symptoms. These can be exacerbated by the process of caring for the baby and the pressures of adapting to a completely new routine. Both the relaxing and therapeutic effects of the Bowen Technique are particularly useful during this period and can be performed within hours of birth.

Within days, babies can also benefit from the Bowen Technique which has been shown to be effective in treating colic, blue babies, hyperactivity and spinal misalignment caused by labour.

Trials in the UK, Australia and New Zealand using the Bowen Technique on infertile couples for whom no other obvious reason for being unable to conceive has been found, have met with remarkable success as reported the Guardian in August 2001, 'Maybe Alternative Baby'.