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HOW BOWEN WORKS
The simplicity of the Bowen move belies its power. Tom Bowen didn’t advance many suggestions for how it works.
It is now thought that the Bowen moves gently reset the autonomic nervous system, enabling it to reorganise and retune itself and the muscles, underlying tissues and organs that it controls.
These include the cardiac, respiratory, reproductive, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and peripheral circulation functions, all of which are very susceptible to tension. The Bowen treatment helps the body replace this tension – and pain and dysfunction – with the relaxed and healing benefits of the parasympathetic mode.
Bowen frees up the connection between the different layers that makes up your body. These connective tissues are called fascia, and they unite and tie everything together in your body: internal organs, muscles, bones, and central nervous system.
However, no manipulation or adjustments are made. No force is used to shift bones into place. Bowen is not a form of massage.
Incidentally, and for those interested in acupuncture: there are many links between where Bowen moves are made and the underlying acupuncture channels and channel points. Bowen appears to rebalance, strengthen and tone the acupuncture channel (or 'meridian') system.
A growing body of opinion thinks that acupuncture also works by influencing the fascia.
Of course, acupuncture has a comprehensive and sophisticated view of health, going back 3000 years.
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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