The first session begins with a discussion of the individual’s medical history and objectives, followed by a postural and range of motion analysis, and a treatment plan. This first session can last up to 1 hour 30 min. Subsequent sessions last between 30 min. and 1 hour depending on the client’s response during the treatment.
The treatment is non invasive, and can be performed on light clothes (cotton t-shirt and trousers, even “street” clothes) with the person lying on a massage table. If the person can not lie down, the treatment is done in a position most comfortable for the client; it can even be performed on patients sitting on their wheelchair. There are no oils or ointments used.
The therapist helps the client enter a relaxed and mindful state of awareness, focusing the mind, emotions and body into the process; this is followed by a short sequence of gentle moves over specific points, around the spine and over some muscles. After each sequence, there is a pause to allow the body and mind to process.
The effects of the treatment continue for 5-7 days, treatments are scheduled one week apart.
The Bowen procedure
The Bowen procedure itself involves placing the thumb or index on the belly (fleshy part) of the muscle, or the tendon on which to work. A gentle movement is performed towards the muscle edge, followed by a challenge for several seconds (very gentle pressure to activate muscle receptors). After releasing the muscle, there is a pause to help the body “remember and learn” the new state of relaxation.
How many sessions are necessary?
The number of treatment sessions vary greatly depending on several factors: severity of the discomfort or pain, length of time the condition has been present, among others. Typically for specific conditions, 3-5 treatments are recommended, for complex and longstanding conditions some people choose to have “maintenance” sessions.
Some conditions that benefit from this approach:
- Depression, grieving, divorce
- Anxiety, stress, phobias
- Insomnia, fatigue, lack of meaning
- Chronic pain, back pain, sciatica, migraines
- Sport injuries, enhance flexibility
- Fibromyalgia, stroke recovery
- Frozen shoulder, limitations of movement
“Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves.”
Thich Nhat Hanh