Stress Relief – its something we all seem to strive for in our too busy and overwhelming world.
The first sets of Bowen moves in each Bowen session is always dedicated to calming the body, getting the mind in the room, on to the table and out of it’s maze of intertwining circuits of desire and obligation.
The body can only heal itself when the parasympathetic nervous system is acting (rest and digest). The defense, recovery and repair system will do amazing things, but only if we are relaxed enough for all the body parts accept that they don’t have to be on alert or scared. The nutrients we eat can work to our fullest advantage when we are at calm and at rest.
Bowen can also be useful for emotional release. We hold emotions in our fascia when we don’t know what else to do with them in the moment. Held emotions will tighten the fascia into “armoring” which can result in the hardening of the soft tissues leading to micro-adhesions and pain. The Bowen moves releases the tenseness and allows the emotion to resurface, be acknowledged and released.
That’s why I found this Bowen article charming (link below), in that it equates Bowen to vitamins….and he’s right. Bowen can be the vital part of your bodywork program that relaxes and resets your body to that it can heal.
When my clients come off the table at the end of a Bowen session, the least amount of praise I sometimes get is, “I feel so relaxed”. and that my friends is a great complement.