What happens during a Bowenwork session

During a session

Clients can either lie on a massage table or be seated in a chair if required for comfort. A series of gentle moves are applied to areas of the body rich in sensory receptors (muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves), stimulating physiological changes and energy flow. These moves can be done on the skin or through light, loose clothing if the client prefers. Important brief pauses between each series of moves, are needed throughout the session, to give the body time to integrate this sensory information and benefit from the moves. A session can last from 30 minutes to 75 minutes and frequently results in a deep sense of relaxation. The session is most effective when only the minimum number of moves needed to bring about a healing response in the body are done.

After a session
Following a session, many clients report feeling light, refreshed and energized. Movement is often freer and pain is often relieved or reduced. For up to five days after a treatment the body may continue to heal itself, tweaking and adjusting as needed, even during sleep. Each person will respond differently, healing at a pace their body is able to. Occasionally, people feel sore or "washed out" or they may feel they have had a real work-out. Often a treatment results in increased calmness, improved posture, pain and symptom reduction, as well as many other benefits. Other manipulative or energetic therapies performed four days before and up to five days after a Bowen session may interfere with its effectiveness, so it is best to not have any other therapy during this time period. The Bowen technique does not interfere with the effectiveness of other disciplines. It is considered a complementary therapy, meaning it will enhance and complement, not interfere with other medical attention.