How Bowen Works

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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.

How Bowen Works on the back is not the same as back massage!

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.

How Bowen Works is something like Acupuncture

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.

Other pages on Bowen on this site

Other things Jonathan does

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:

Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott Books

All the books in the 'Chinese Medicine in English' series should be fully accessible on Kindles and Kindle apps. (Or you can buy the softback print editions, of course.)

('Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine' published 1986, was never available in a Kindle version.)

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If, having read one of my books you can write a review - preferably positive - that would help others decide whether to read it.

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Here are some of the books I (Jonathan) have written.

Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can borrow the first four for 'free'.

Qi Stagnation - Signs of Stress

Yin Deficiency - Burnout and Exhaustion

Yang Deficiency - Get Your Fire Burning Again!

Yuck! Phlegm! How to Clear Your Phlegm ...

Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine

Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Western Astrology and Chinese Medicine was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine! See Reviews.

Seven Reviews so far for Yuck Phlegm. (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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