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Bowen Therapy was practiced in Geelong, Victoria by Tom Bowen and was recognized by the Federal Government in Australia in 1970 as alternative therapy (Sturgess, 2006). Bowen therapy is a dynamic, remedial body technique that is extremely gentle and very relaxing. It empowers the body’s own healing resources, achieving balance and harmony, resulting in fast and lasting relief from pain and discomfort. Bowen is an all embracing vibration energy therapy, safe to use on anyone, newborn to the elderly, with any condition from sport injuries to chronic or organic complaints.
A treatment comprises sequences of small gentle moves, each at a specific site on the body. It is not powerful manipulation, just a light cross-fiber maneuvering of a muscle, tendon or ligament, pleasant to the recipient. However, fascia also plays an important role in this technique. The precise location of the Bowen moves correlate markedly with latest research into the meridian energy system, acupressure-points and Myofascial point therapy. Observation also suggests the lymphatic system is greatly affected by the technique.
Bowen is generally a stand alone therapy or performed as last set of treatments. Clients are advised not to receive other massage treatments for at least seven days after a Bowen session as the body repair itself.