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Bowen Technique

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Bowen Technique is holistic form of healing based on the work of the Australian self-proclaimed Osteopath, Tom Bowen (1916 - 1982).  The Bowen Technique was limited to Australia until 1986, four years after Bowen's death, when it was named, and spread to other countries around the world by Oswald Rentsch — a massage therapist of Hamilton, Victoria Australia who observed Mr. Bowen at work one morning a week for two years.  It should be noted that the three other surviving students of Mr. Bowen — Keith Davis, Kevin Ryan and Romney Smeeton — all have similar methodologies that vary significantly from the way Mr. Rentsch teaches the technique.
   
The Bowen Technique addresses key points to stimulate energy flow in the body, using a gentle, rolling motion, with very light touches. The practitioner will stimulate sets of points, often with pauses between sets. The Bowen Technique is not a form of massage, though it does claim to release areas of built-up stress in the muscles, and clients usually experience profound relaxation after a session.
   
Bowen Technique addresses the muscles by stimulating the stretch and golgi tendon reflexes as well as joint proprioceptors in a way that heightens the sensory awareness of the body in the area worked on. This can lead to strange sensations such as heat release, tingling and a general increased awareness of the areas being worked. These sensations are sometimes associated with some form of "energy healing." Through increasing sensory awareness the moves tap into the body's ability to self regulate which, in turn, can stimulate the body to heal itself.
   
A typical session takes place over 30 to 45 minutes, with occasional 2-5 minute breaks during the session to allow the body to respond to the treatment. Sessions are usually part of a series of three to five sessions, beginning with general stress loading points such as the lower and upper back, before moving on to areas of stress specific to the person being treated.

Author: Christopher Holder, ND Candidate '07



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