Bowenwork Evokes Deep Relaxation


The technique is based on the approach of “resetting” the tension in dysfunctional muscle groups by doing a gentle stretch and roll move with mandatory delays between each set of moves.  The moves are done at specific locations on the muscle or underlying tissue, which delivers signals to the nervous system. The body does the rest, responding in its own time, as it is able to reset back to its original state of balance and health.

Janet Craft performing BowenworkBowenwork is based on the principle that our bodies are self-healing and can, with the right stimulation, return to a healthy state.  The Bowen technique addresses the entire body via the autonomic nervous system (ANS).  The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors.  Most people today live in a state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation (fight or flight mode).  Healing can only occur when the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic (relax, rest and repair) mode.  Bowenwork seems to catalyze that shift.

During a session, clients often go into a deep relaxation.  This change indicates a profound release of stress and a shift toward parasympathetic dominance which allows the body to heal and return to it’s proper function if the conditions are favorable.   It has also been known to reactivate the recovery process where healing from previous trauma, sickness or surgery, has stalled or reached a plateau.  It is safe for individuals of all ages and degrees of health, including pregnant women.