RELAXATION
A Bowen treatment is very relaxing.
It is mostly performed with the person lying on a treatment couch, although Tom Bowen (the originator of the work) provided beds in his clinic, order to encourage a sense of deeper relaxation.
HOLISTIC HEALING
The Bowen Technique embodies a truly holistic approach to healthcare. It is concerned not just with treating specific conditions and symptoms, but also with encouraging a natural potential for health to express itself in every aspect of the patient's life.
TIME OUT

A unique feature of the Bowen Technique is the frequent pauses between each series od moves. These are given to allow the body to respond and integrate what is being done. During these pauses, the therapist will usually leave the room.
This lets the person relax without feeling that they have to keep up a conversation ot that they are being watched.
BOWEN EFFECTS
Bowen therapists sometimes talk about the different effects on posture, particularly 'ascending' and 'descending' influences. The key to effective treatment is to find where the original organising factor in someone's condition is located. For example, a knee injury might be due to a weak toe joint or a pelvic imbalance that is putting undue strain on a knee as that person walks. Similarly, headaches may be the result of an old fall on the tailbone.

Muscle activation sequences are the patterns of contraction and opposing relaxation of muscles needed to move joints. If the agonist muscles (the one’s that do the initial work) don’t fire off first and the secondary ones do, then imbalances occur. When muscles fire out of sequence and a secondary muscle contracts first, tightness or pain in other areas is experienced as the secondary muscles then become overused and often become tight. This is as important to the human body as is correct firing sequence of cylinders in the efficient working of a motor engine.

Incorrect sequence of muscle firing often occurs after injury to an agonist muscle which causes a person to compensate by using another muscle as the agonist. Those secondary or back-up muscles that then become overused often become tight, and the error is to simply “stretch whatever is tight”, when really what is needed is to get the primary muscles firing efficiently and to have appropriate strength endurance such that they do not quit during an activity.

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