If you’ve never heard of Bowen Technique before, you might be a bit confused about the whole thing. What it is, how it works, and how on earth one treatment can be used for both people and animals. Well don’t worry – today we’re going to explain it all. The basics of Bowen Technique, including how it works, what’s involved, and why Canine Bowen Therapy is one of the kindest things you can do for your dog.
What Is Bowen Technique?
Bowen Technique is the name for a gentle therapy that’s applied to areas of the body. The moves used by a Bowen practitioner are rolling-type movements of the thumbs and forefingers, designed to stimulate nerve pathways and connect different nervous systems in the body. It’s a gentle way to trigger your natural healing abilities, using only connective tissues.
How Does It Work
The bones in your body float in a sea of soft tissue. They’re held in place by tension from your muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. So if your body was a suspension bridge, the deck would be your bones, and the cables your soft tissue. If the tension in the cables is wrong or imbalanced, the deck will be misaligned. In a suspension bridge this will result in a wonky bridge. In a human being, it will result in aches, pains and restricted movement.
You don’t want a wonky bridge.
Bowen Technique works by gently adjusting the soft tissue in your body through light fascia movements, activating the mechanoreceptors (or nerve endings) in the connective tissues and realigning your ‘bridge. The Bowen moved are designed to activate the 4 types of receptor, each of which is affected by different styles of moves. These receptors are in connective tissues and even inside bones, and activating them properly creates a neurological feedback loop, getting your tissues to return to the correct tension and resolving the underlying issues. During sessions, the practitioner will gentle move and manipulate the facia, triggering this natural response.
It’s not a quick fix process, since it relies on your own body’s healing abilities. Often it will take a few sessions to identify the underlying problem and gently manipulate the connective tissues, allowing your body to heal naturally and efficiently.
Bowen Therapy for Dogs
While Bowen Therapy is great for all those human aches and pains, it’s also wonderful for your four-legged best friend – the dog. Canine Bowen has been around almost as long as Bowen for humans has, and it perfect for supporting dogs in healing from injuries, digestive problems, aches and pains, stress and even symptoms caused by genetic conditions. It’s a gentle way to rebalance your dog’s nervous system, and is done in a similar fashion to human Bowen. I work at the pace of your dog, ensuring they are comfortable and happy with the moves each time. For most dogs it’s almost like flicking a switch on their behaviour, and you often see a calmer, happier dog after just a few sessions. We talk a lot more about how Bowen Therapy can help dogs in this blog, so if you’re interested, pop over and have a read.
At Fuhr Bowen, I specialise in Bowen Techniques for both humans and dogs, so you and your furry friend can both experience the benefits together. My sessions are all tailored to you as an individual, so you can enjoy a relaxing and healing experience. Bowen is one of the most versatile and effective therapeutic experiences available today, so why not try it for yourself, or your four-legged friend? Get in touch to book your free consultation today.