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has anyone tried bowen therapy?

missquinn86mmissquinn86 Posts: 26
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:44 AM in Alternative Treatments
if so, what was it like, what does it involve? I have read some great reviews on a few different websites. I have chronic thoracic pain, thanks guys :)


  • Yes i do bowen therapy,have been for almost a year now. My massage therapist is trained in it and started doing it on me because i have so much nerve pain and muscle tenderness that deep tissue massage was out for me. What he does is so delicate you almost don't feel like your having a massage done,but you definitely feel the effects. By the end of the session i feel extremely relaxed and tired and even though he hasn't pushed on my body hard like with deep tissue massages i still feel like i've had one. I also find that the bowen seems to give more lasting effects for me where as the deep tissue massage helps me for only a few days then i'm wanting another one.
  • No....I dont like that theraby.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • I see this is an old post, but yes, I have tried it. My first session was good; I definitely felt a bit of improvement, but the next session sent me straight to the ER with uncontrollable and unmanageable pain. The movements were very gentle, but it involves nerves, and mine are over sensitive, apparently!

    I do know that after treatments, you are expected to drink a lot of water and do a decent, brisk walk to feel the full benefits. It will be interesting to see if any others have had it and hear of their experience.

  • I have seen Bowen therapy have huge positive effects for all sorts of Body issues.It is especially good for improving your circulation,if you have feet issues or gangreen issues it is a must have in my mind.
    The theory is that the specific gentle rolling moves done on certain muscles etc trigger the body to do a self-fix,if at all possible.And yes it works through the nervous system.
    I found out about it when I went with a shoulder problem that physio hadn't resolved after several months,which involved a trapped nerve,causing serious stabbing pains when I moved my arm freely.
    The treatment was done on a friday,again on the saturday.By sunday,I couldnt make it hurt anymore in any way,& it's never returned,even in older age.
    I still do it for friends that want it.And highly recommend it.
    If you can find it,as it is not widely common,& you can afford it,because in New Zealand it is not subsidised,but it is in Australia,then Try a few sessions.It really is amazing for a wide variety of body issues,even internal ones.
    Cheers & all the best.
    Mike --NZ.
  • The Bowen Technique is not massage, acupressure or chiropractic. There is no manipulation, adjustment or force used. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to gently move muscles and tissues. In between each set of moves, the practitioner leaves the room.
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  • The Bowen move that is done on each position is very gentle,but is still a manipulatlation of that particular tissue/tendon or muscle.
    Also ,though there is a break period between the different set of moves,it is not necessary that the practictioner leave the room.It's just advised,to allow the client to relax better.But it won't stop the technique working if you stay in the room.
    It can be a wonderful help in a lot of instances for many people.Difinately worth a mention.
  • indigoiindigo Posts: 3
    edited 09/07/2013 - 1:53 AM
    This is something which has been recommended to me but I'm reluctant to try it at the moment as I don't want anything that could potentially flare up my nerves even more before my plane journey next week. I've heard people swear by acupuncture, although that hasn't worked for me. It could be a case of giving things another go as even if the treatment is effective, it depends on the person delivering it. Having a connection with the person giving you treatment is also a good indicator as to the outcome of the treatment too, I would have thought. If you have faith in the person then you are psychologically already at an advantage than if you don't.
  • I know this is an older threat, but it does come up on Google search and I wanted to give my experience with Bowen. Back in January, I was dealing with Sciatic pain on my right side. My wife had a friend who has learned the Bowen Therapy technique and recommended that I go see a Bowen professional. After 2 sessions, I felt amazing....and with that, decided to get ahead of myself and do a boat load of house chores...including moving an elliptical machine from my upstairs bonus room to my garage. The next day, I turned the wrong way getting something out of my car and felt something pop. Apparently my sciatic pain was being caused by a bulging disc at L3-L4 and that pop was it herniating. I had an appointment the next day and I went, though I was a bit sore. The treatment got me through the day, but the disc was herniated and proceeded to remind me. I was pretty much bed-ridden for a week...and this was no fault of Bowen, just to clarify. This was my own bravado getting me in trouble. So, after an MRI, steroid shot and some PT and two falls where my right leg essentially folded on itself, I realized my PT practice was over-charging, my doctor gave me zero guidance on this injury ("do you want to talk to a surgeon?" Me: Do I need to? Him: Well, it's up to you)...so I got in touch with my Bowen therapist and he said he thinks he could help. One of my ongoing issues has been weakness in my leg and pain in my thigh (mainly after my falls where I believe I stretched the muscle out). During my session, he adjusted my thigh and wow...I suddenly felt this wash of warmth flowing through my legs and up my back. With one adjustment, he released this mass build up of lactic acid that had been sitting in my thigh. It was amazing...and 2 days later I'm still experiencing lactic acid releases which is great as my body isn't trapping it somewhere. Bowen, so far, is working for me...and I'd recommend it to anyone with muscle/nerve issues.
  • I have had good success with Bowen Therapy. I was in an auto accident in 2000 and tried chiropractic etcetera none of which ever worked. A friend several years later asked me if I had tried Bowen therapy so I figured what the heck and tried it. I was amazed at how well it worked the first year I went back several times then two years later I had to go back once and now it's been 8 years or so and then my sciatica is bothering me again so I am going back. I have great success with one to two visits and I'm good for at least a year
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