Today, I thought I would tell a short story about my experience with the Bowen Technique.
The Bowen Technique is a remedial therapy. It was developed by Tom Bowen who lived in the outback in Australia. It is not clear how he developed the technique but it gained a reputation of being very effective as people traveled miles to have a treatment.
Bowen is an unusual therapy in that there are "rest" periods in the treatment - the therapist leaves the treatment room and allows the body to have a rest. The rest periods are interspersed into the treatment session. Normally, a series of "four moves" are made on the body. Then the therapist moves away from the body, allowing the body to rest. The therapist then returns and continues with another series of moves.
The Bowen move is bascially a move (roll) across muscle tissue. To me, when Bowen moves are done across my back, it feels as if the back has become a stringed instrument and the therapist is "plucking" the strings. The moves are gentle but the treatment is surprisingly powerful.
So now you have the background, back to the short story.
A friend had broken their ankle and it had to put into a cast. It had seemed to heal OK. The cast was removed and she had had physiotherapy sessions and had worked on balance boards, etc. She had be signed off. Yet when you watched her walk, there was just a slight "limp" or something not quite right with her gait. The ankel itself was still occasionally painful. She was still relying on a walking stick.
Anyway, I suggested a Bowen treatment which consisted on the "basic" Bowen plus the addition of moves for the ankle. There was no obvious change after the session.
Later we went out to a garden centre and she was using the walking stick. Suddenly, she said "I feel I don't need to use the stick now." The stick was taken back to the car!
Bowen, a gentle, effective treatment. Have you booked a session?