Bowenwork is very gentle and effective bodywork therapy that stimulates the nervous system to reset and heal itself. Unlike most therapies, there is no manipulation or force to the body. Bowenwork doesn’t seek to just mask symptoms and pain, but rather to encourage the body to recognize where there is disfunction that is causing health problems.
Autonomic Nervous System (A.N.S.)
Bowenwork focuses on restoring balance in the body via the Autonomic Nervous System (A.N.S.).
The“A.N.S.” controls over 80% of bodily functions, and is very susceptible to external stressors.
Most people today live in a constant state of stress and sympathetic A.N.S. (fight or flight mode). Healing can occur only after the A.N.S. shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax, repair mode). Bowenwork catalyzes this shift.
The Bowen moves seem to encourage a sort of‘conversation’between the brain and the muscles. Energetically, it works the same way reflexology does, through the fascia of the body.
Fascia is the continuous material that covers all of our internal organs, every muscle, and every bone. It is continuous, there is no break in it, and this is why, in reflexology, when specific pressure is placed on the foot, a headache may go away. Bowen works in a similar way ... it is very profound and effective bodywork therapy that stimulates the nervous system to reset and heal itself.
No one fully understands how and why this Bowen Technique works. Generally, it creates a balance in the Autonomic Nervous System that increases relaxation and improves immune system function.