Looking for relief from backaches or knee pain? What about carpal tunnel syndrome or sciatica? Well, if you're looking for an effective, non-invasive adjunct therapy to go with your medical treatments, why not ask your doctor if you can try Bowen? What's in a Name First, you may ask yourself, “What is Bowen?” The Bowen technique was established by the Australian Tom Bowen in the 1950's, and its goal is to allow the body to reset and repair itself while naturally alleviating pain. Bowen practitioners use their thumbs and fingers to gently stimulate specific points in the body, usually over muscles and tendons. The pressure that they use is very gentle; most people who first try Bowen are often surprised at how light the therapist's touch is! Have you decided to give it a try? If so, read on to find out about what to expect during a Bowen session! Bowen Bodywork Before anything else, you must be prepared before you come into the clinic! Wear loose, light clothing, preferably cotton, so that the Bowen practitioner can easily administer the therapy. If it's your first time, the therapist will ask you a few questions about your health and set goals for the treatment. You'll then be asked to lie down. Be sure you're comfortable, because if you aren't, the therapy won't be as effective. Tell your therapist if it's too hot or too cold, or if you'd prefer to sit or stand, because that's totally okay. The Bowen practitioner will then begin the session. He or she will stimulate precise areas of the body in gentle, rolling motions, beginning the body's process of repairing and restoring itself. You might feel different sensations like heat, cold, twinging, or tingling. Do tell the practitioner when you feel something so that he or she can assess what your body needs. After a set of movements, the therapist will exit the room for two minutes to allow the body to absorb and respond to the Bowen technique. They will be back after the elapsed time to perform another set of therapeutic stimulation. One session will take about 15 minutes to an hour, depending on what you personally need. People have reported that Bowen therapy allows them to feel relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed, and it's perfectly normal to fall asleep during a session! Take a Bow(en) So your session is done. Hold up – you've got homework! After a Bowen therapy session, the stimulation is actually still ongoing in the body, so that means that you'll feel some side-effects of detoxification. That's perfectly normal, but if you're wondering what to expect, you may get mild headaches, mild nausea, hot and cold flashes, and/or slight changes in voiding and bowel movement. That just means that your body is flushing out some of the toxins built up inside. Because of that, it's important to take it easy after a session. To take care of yourself after therapy, remember the 3 W's: walk, water, and wait. Walk for a few minutes every day, with 30 minutes being the optimal time. This helps the blood carry toxins to the kidneys, which will then be excreted as urine. Don't sit for more than 30 minutes either – stay active during your waking hours. Drink lots of water as well so that detoxification is even more effective. Lastly, because the effects of Bowen therapy last more than a few days, it's best to wait for at least a week before the next session. Let your body heal and restore itself first! Doesn't sound that tough, right? So if you're seeking a complementary treatment for your aches and pains, perhaps ask your doctor if you can try Bowen. It may just make your life a whole lot easier!