A session consists of a series of gentle but precise moves, each at a specific site on the body, done through light-weight clothing or on the skin. A session usually lasts about 45 minutes to an hour and is performed with the client lying on a comfortable bodywork table. After each series of Bowen moves, there is an important pause to allow the body to respond to new information. It is during this pause that the body begins to make changes. This process is repeated until the session is finished. There is no forceful manipulation, just a light cross-fiber maneuvering over muscles, tendons, or fascia, pleasant to the recipient. This creates a deep sense of relaxation. The restorative process begins once the body is relaxed, and continues for days after each treatment. After a Bowen session, we usually do not see a client again before five days to allow time for the body to respond to the work. Therapists allow this healing process to continue for the next five to seven days or longer.
Bowenwork is gentle and effective, with substantial relief frequently attained after a few sessions. To restore the body's own healing process, generally, clients start with three or four consecutive sessions, usually one week apart for optimal results.
Bowenwork balances the physical, mental and emotional planes. Its rejuvenating effect empowers the quality of our lives. Bowenwork makes a positive, healthy impact by providing more energy and an overall sense of well being. The results are long-lasting and profound, generally until there is a re-injury.
Bowenwork's input to the nervous system is very subtle, and the body responds over time. For that reason, it is necessary to refrain from other modalities (massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, even hot tubs, hot or cold packs, and hot showers) after your Bowenwork session, as this seems to neutralize the changes the body is trying to accomplish. You also want to avoid any heavy exercise on the day of your session and try not to sit longer than 30 minutes at a time.
Before and after your session drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated and help the healing process.