What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is a gentle and powerful myofascial technique, a recognised interpretation of the work of renowned Australian manual therapist, Thomas (Tom) Ambrose Bowen (1916-82). The gentle nature of Bowen makes ideal for animals. The Bowen moves initiate the body’s healing process; and this can often be experienced as deeply and profoundly relaxing.
Bowen therapy is effective for:
- Muscle stiffness and injury
- Improving joint mobility
- Complementing veterinary care of chronic conditions i.e. arthritis
- Assisting in rehabilitation from injury or surgery
- Helping to resolve behavioural or stress issues
- Maintaining a healthy body
A Bowen treatment
A Bowen treatment consists of sequences of Bowen moves - which are gentle, rolling moves made with the hands, at specific points on the body. Working via the fascia (or connective tissue) these moves impact the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, organs, the nervous system, and vascular and lymphatic systems of the body. During the treatment there are short wait periods which allow time for the impact of the moves to create change in the body.
After Care Advice
The body will continue to integrate and process the changes over the next 4 days. The areas treated will be hydrating and detoxifying, and joints will be finding and settling into to new ranges of movement. During this time the strategies below will assist to maximise the benefits of the treatment:
- Provide plenty of fresh drinking water as it is normal for an increased thirst
- Low level controlled exercise: for dogs, on a lead and walking on level, stable ground
- No other manual therapies for 5 days after treatment