The response after telling someone that I am a Bowtech practitioner is, “You’re a what…a bow what?” My first thought, "Perfect! A captive audience to enlighten!" So I give my spiel, and quickly arrive at the conclusion - “Susan, don’t speak! Pat the table and tell them to hop on!” My experience has led me to believe that Bowtech, a.k.a. Bowen therapy, is best understood when the body experiences a treatment, rather than using words to explain it to the brain. The body understands on visceral level what it enjoys, needs or wants, that Bowen is offering.
That said, I think that it is still necessary provide an explanation of what Bowen is, and how it may be able to help you.
A Brief History
Bowen therapy is the creation of Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong, Australia. Mr. Bowen did not have formal training in any specific modality or discipline. When asked how he developed the technique he would say it was a gift from God. This is an unconventional to answer to most people. Despite that fact, the Victoria government reported that in 1975 he was performing about 13,000 treatments per year, and further, in 2009, there were 26,000 practitioners worldwide. At this time Bowtech is taught in over 30 countries.
Mr. Bowen began the technique in the 1950’s and refined it throughout his lifetime. In 1974 Mr. Bowen met Ossie & Elaine Rentsch. The Rentsch's later became the founders of Bowtech, The Original Techique. Up until their meeting Mr. Bowen had no manuals, books or notes on his technique. Ossie requested to study with Mr. Bowen, the result was a complete documentation of the work. It laid the foundation which is used today to train new practitioners.
A premise that I was taught is that the body, when balanced, is intelligent and possesses the ability to heal itself. Bowtech practitioners are trained to perform gentle, noninvasive movements on specific parts of the body to help ‘reset’, or balance, the autonomic nervous system (A.N.S.) and endocrine systems, among others. During and after treatments people will generally enter into a deeply relaxed state. The Bowtech movements trigger the A.N.S. to shift from the sympathetic mode (fight or flight) to parasympathetic mode (rest, relax and repair). It is possibly this shift that explains the process of the body healing itself.
Bowtech is a profound therapy. Please consider it as one of the paths open to you for your recovery or in maintaining your health.
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Please Note: I am unavailable to provide treatments at this time as I have returned to school full-time until July-August 2019. I am sorry for any inconvenience. Susan
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