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The Bowen move is a gentle rolling move over either the origin, insertion or belly of the muscle. It appears both to stimulate and stretch the muscle, energising the nerves in the area, and toning the lymphatic circulation.
After every few Bowen moves, there is a pause and you are left to rest. The importance of this short period of time – up to several minutes – is that it enables your body to adjust and re-align itself. You may think nothing is happening, but this is the time when change takes place. Without this rest between moves, the Bowen technique is less effective.
If you go to sleep during or between moves, this can be very beneficial!
Many people notice an improvement in pain immediately after the treatment, especially if the pain started recently. For chronic pain, the condition may seem just the same for a day or so after treatment, sometimes slightly worse, before then improving.
At the end of the treatment, don’t get up until the Bowen practitioner is with you. As you get to your feet, make sure that you put weight on both your feet equally. Then stand still a few moments to get your balance, before getting dressed.
After dressing, drink a glass of filtered water.
Water is really important in helping your body make good repairs.
Don't gulp it down. Preferably, just sip it slowly, savouring it. That way, it arrives in your Stomach warmed and is more easily assimilated.
First, arrange at least two more treatments, at weekly (or thereabouts) intervals. Bowen works best if you have three or more sessions close together, each about one week or so apart.
Keep drinking lots of water – filtered if possible. Although the need for so much water tails off within a few days, for most people it’s good practice to drink water regularly. (Some people do drink too much, however, but we would tell you if we thought this applied to you.)
Light exercise – eg walking – is very good – every day. Heavy exercise is usually less conducive to healing at this stage.
Eat fruit and vegetables – lots of them. Organic if you can get them, and not just one kind of fruit or vegetable, but many varieties, the fresher the better. However, if the weather is cold, or you are very chilly, or in winter, take warming vegetable soups before eating too many uncooked or raw fruit or vegetables.
Avoid other kinds of bodywork treatment between your Bowen treatments and for one week after the last one. There are several reasons for this. Some other treatments may conflict with it.
Just as important is so that you don’t confuse your Bowen or other practitioner!
Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott practises a number of therapies.
Over the years he's gradually learned which ones help in different situations, so don't be surprised if he recommends another form of treatment for your problem. In some cases he may recommend someone else to do the treatment.
Here are some of the other therapies he practises:
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
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