Sometimes it’s easier to explain this technique by stating what is not!

Bowtech is not Massage – Rubbing or even prolonged palpation around a Bowen move can weaken the effect. The moves go no deeper than fascia on superficially accessible muscles, and only with gentle pressure.

Bowtech is not Acupressure – Some of the areas of focus will coincide with acupuncture points, but there are so many acupoints that some overlap does occur. With Bowen “points” however, one simple move across the structure is all it takes.

Bowtech is not Chiropractic – No manipulation of the skeletal system is made. Most practitioners and many clients observe vertebral movement, but this is evidence of the body realigning itself and a Bowen treatment working.

Bowtech is not Direction “Energy Work” – Given its parameters, even energy work can be intrusive. Practitioners can focus too much on accomplishing their own desired results which may or may not coincide with the client’s needs. Instead, practitioners are taught to focus only on doing a precise movement accurately, and then physically leaving the room.

Bowtech is not Physiotherapy or Neuromuscular “Re-Education” – Stretch reflex, Golgi reflex and reciprocal enervation may be involved in the muscular release, but these occur on a cellular level and expand out physically. In fact people may fall asleep during a session and may not feel the effects for several days. These factors distinguish Bowtech from remedial exercises or movement training that some people need for long-term injury recovery.

Bowtech is not Trigger-Point Therapy – Some points are unavoidably similar even though the referral zones are different. Most trigger points are found in the core of muscles, while Bowtech muscle moves are usually made where two muscles or muscle groups overlap. This and other factors seem to make Bowtech most similar to fascia work but…

Bowtech is not Fascia Release – With each Bowen move, the fascia is rocked and minutely “disturbed”, but not forcefully separated. After a series of Bowtech sessions, adhesions tend to loosen, scar tissue frequently softening and shrinking on its own, because impediments to the natural healing process are removed.

Bowtech is not Lymphatic Massage – Bowtech does stimulate lymphatic releases, in that sinuses will often drain during sessions; breast lumps may shrink or be gone within a few weeks, and excess fluids are usually eliminated within the week. Bowtech does not, however, use the percussion or vigorous stroking of lymphatic massage, although there is a bit of gentle teasing done around the sternocleidomastoid muscle (SCM).

Bowtech is not an Emotion Release Modality – The intent of a Bowtech session is not to effect emotional release. However, some people report dramatic lightening of spirit and a subtle but pervasive refocusing of troublesome emotional patterns. Many body workers consciously focus on the interface between physical and emotional, trying to touch on that which is hidden behind a protective wall of hyper tense musculature. Excessive pressure is not needed. Bowen confirms that the best access is gained by the least threatening approach.

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BOWTECH, The original Bowen Technique