Common Questions

What to Expect?

The ideal time for a Bowenwork session is immediately after an injury. That way, your body can overcome the trauma before it begins to compensate for it. Many people don't find out about Bowenwork until weeks, months, or even years of trying other approaches or learning to live with it. If that's the case with you, you'll get the best results from your Bowenwork if you:

  • Don't have any other forms of bodywork for four days beforehand.
  • Avoid heavy exercise on the day of your session.
  • Don't use ice or heat on the site of injury.
  • Wear light-weight loose-fitting clothing that can be worked through. Or be prepared to be worked on in your underclothes, under sheets or blankets for modesty and comfort.

A session includes gentle yet specific soft tissue moves, then essential pauses between each series of moves to give your body time to integrate the signals into the healing process. Your body will continue to process and respond to the healing signals over the next several days. Each person responds differently, at different rates to different degrees according to the individual's ability to heal.

Sometimes the focus will be on a specific area, but most often, the body is treated as a whole, so that all systems are affected to create complete balance.  Most sessions take from 45 to 90 minutes, plus intake or assessment time. Improvements may be seen in conditions not mentioned to the practitioner.  A full-body response is almost always felt. 


Where did Bowenwork come from?

Bowenwork came from Australia. Tom Bowen developed it over a period of several decades by working with athletes and injured laborers. It arose from his study and profound understanding of the structural and healing mechanisms of the body and his interest in osteopathic principles. Tom Bowen practiced in Australia from 1958 until his passing in 1982. By the 1970′s, Bowen was treating 13,000 people a year, with a documented success rate of over 85%.

Oswald (Ossie) Rentsch was one of a handful of people chosen to study along side Mr. Bowen in his work. After he, along with his wife, Elaine, developed a thriving practice, Ossie asked Mr. Bowen if he could “keep the work alive” It is from their tireless efforts that “The Bowen Technique, an interpretation by Oswald Rentsch” was developed as a curriculum. It was taught first in Australia and New Zealand and then around the world. The names Bowtech® and Bowenwork® are registered trademarks of their company, Bowtech Pty, which does business as The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTAA). The Bowenwork Academy USA (BAUSA) is the United States affiliate of Bowtech Pty.  BOWENWORK® was developed in Australia by Mr. Tom Bowen in the 1950′s, and is now practiced in 25 countries.  


What health conditions can be helped by Bowenwork?

Musculo-Skeletal
* Shoulder pain & Tennis/Golf elbow
* Back & neck pain
* Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
* Arthritis pain
* Fibromyalgia
* Scoliosis
* Migraine
* TMJ syndrome
* Postural and gait problems
* Sports injuries
* Shin splints
* Plantar fasciitis, other foot and ankle problems
* Hernia
* Knee, hip, & pelvic restrictions
* Lymphedema
* Sciatica

Respiratory
* Asthma
* Bronchitis
* Hay Fever
* Sinusitis

Digestive/Eliminative
* Colic
* Crohn's Disease
* Indigestion
* Constipation
* Chronic diarrhea
* Hemorrhoids
* Bed wetting, children

Reproductive
* Infertility
* Menstrual pain
* PMS
* Mastitis
* Fibroids, breast and uterine
* Prostate problems

Also...
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Balance problems
* Tinnitus
* Ear ache and ear infections

PTSD / any stress related syndrome



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