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Bowen is a gentle and subtle technique pioneered in Australia between the 1950’s and 1980’s, by its namesake Tom Bowen. Thomas Ambrose Bowen, to give him his full name, was a body worker and lay healer, who believed that the whole body should be treated, in a holistic way, rather than just the immediate area of the problem.
Bowen Technique or Therapy employs a series of rolling moves over muscles, tendons and ligaments - a hands-on approach which consists of small precise movements on specific points of the body in a very light and gentle manner. It is suitable for all ages and involves the practitioner working to either ‘tighten or loosen’ muscles, with frequent pauses of about two to five minutes, to allow body to respond to the stimulation, also allowing for the release of stress in the muscles.
Tom Bowen taught his method to an Australian osteopath, Ossie Rentsch, who continued Bowen’s work after his death in 1982. Subsequently Rentsch has passed on the technique to practitioners in Australia, New Zealand, North America and the UK.
Bowen therapy generally does not aim at diagnosis, but is found to help a broad range of physical and psychosocial problems, including back and joint pain, sports injuries, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, anger and depression.
Afterwards clients often report that they feel not only relieved of their physical symptoms, but also totally relaxed.
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