What is Bowen?
Bowen myofascial release and rest involves a gentle, rolling motion, with very light touches. The rolling either tightens or loosens muscles depending on the way the move is done which stimulates sets of points, with a two to five minute pause, to allow the body to use the move and integrate it into the body's systems. This is not considered a form of massage, though it does release areas of built-up stress in the muscles and clients describe experiences of profound relaxation after a session, often falling asleep after the first few moves.
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 problem areas specific to the person being treated. For the sensitive individual, a session usually lasts only 10–15 minutes.
The Bowen Technique has been successfully used on animals as well, and practitioners of Bowen Technique for animals can be found all over the world. The Bowen Technique helps to re-balance the body, increasing performance, relieving muscle and tendon strain, and increasing quality of life for both performance animals and pets.