When booking a Bowen Therapy treatment for the first time, it is recommended that you plan to attend at least two treatment
sessions, approximately one week apart. This allows the therapist to assess your initial response to the technique and follow up the first treatment accordingly. Most people that we treat see a positive improvement in three to four treatments at weekly intervals.
When you book your initial appointment you will be emailed an information sheet and a map showing you where the clinic is, if you require one. When you arrive for your initial treatment you will be asked to complete a short consultation form detailing any physical injuries, recent operations or relevant medical conditions that you may have experienced in the past. Everything that is discussed within the treatment room is completely confidential and will not be discussed with anyone else. Where appropriate you will be taken through a series of simple muscles tests to determine various ranges of motion and to check for any imbalance or dysfunction.
During the session you will lie on a therapy table although some techniques will be carried out with you in a chair or standing. Most of the work can be performed through light clothing, although some techniques are easier to perform on the skin. Most clients bring a pair of shorts or leggings and a vest top / t-shirt with them for the treatment. Although each session will vary according to your needs, an initial treatment will address the whole body. As a general rule, moves will be made over the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back and shoulders before finishing with neck moves.
A feature of the work is that between sets of moves the therapist will leave the room and allow you to rest. This rest period allows your body the opportunity to begin making subtle adjustments and responses to the moves that have just been carried out. Where the client is 16 years old or less a parent must remain in the room throughout the entire treatment. It is essential that the parent remains quiet and does not speak even when the therapist has left the room.
An initial treatment can take 60 – 90 minutes depending on the length of the consultation. Follow up treatments usually take 40 - 60 minutes. Many people state that over the following 3-5 days they experience reactions as the body accepts the therapy and realigns itself. Acute conditions can respond quickly while chronic conditions may take longer.
Bowen therapy is available for children of all ages. Watch the video here:
An aftercare advice sheet will be given to you after your initial Bowen Therapy session. Reactions to treatment are not uncommon and can include tiredness, increase in original symptoms, stiffness, headaches, flu like symptoms and emotional releases. These are perfectly normal as your body under goes subtle changes and healing.
Please ensure that you drink at least 5 glasses of still water each day. Water is essential following Bowen Therapy. After your treatment the body starts to increase blood supply to nerve endings which in turn affects the movement of lymph around the body. The effective functioning of these systems is entirely reliant on water and on average the recommendation is that everyone should drink at least two litres of water
In the days immediately following Bowen Therapy, try not to sit still for more than 30 minutes at a time. A little walk around the room to have a stretch is all that is required to keep things moving.
Responses to Bowen treatment may include hot and cold flushes, headaches, emotional release, thirst, tiredness and body aches and pains. These are all positive signs that the healing process is working. These responses usually clear after a few days.
Continue with any comfortable and gentle exercise regime that you already have, unless otherwise advised.
Do not alter any medication or diet that has been prescribed for you.
Do not use ice packs or heat pads during a course of Bowen treatment, unless otherwise advised.
During your course of Bowen Therapy, it is advised that you do not have other physical therapy such as reflexology, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture etc. for seven days before your Bowen treatment, or within seven days of finishing your Bowen treatment. This is to ensure that the body is not overloaded with information or given differing therapeutic information to deal with at the same time.