What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy for animals is a holistic, gentle and effective hands-on technique which promotes healing, pain relief and energy re-balancing.
Like the Bowen technique for humans, it addresses the whole animal. It stimulates the central nervous system, helps to release tension in the fascia, acts on the deeper organs and stimulates the lymphatic system. The animal gets relief of pain and stiffness and it supports the animal’s overall muscular skeletal system. It is subtle and relaxing for the animal.
In a Bowen treatment, using fingers and thumbs, a series of selectively placed moves are executed to address the fascia lying between the muscles and skin. The fascia forms a continuous sheath throughout the body and houses nerves, muscles, lymph and blood vessels, and organs.
The Bowen moves are focused on crucial junctions of muscle, ligaments or tendons; nerve pathways; blood and lymph circulation. Blockages are freed; reconnections are made. Adhesions within the fibres in the fascia are released and the affected area can become more hydrated. This assists the structures housed within the fascia to function more effectively. Improved function in these structures leads to a better level of general health and decreased levels of pain.
During the treatment there are one to two minute intervals when the animal is left to rest, while the body absorbs the gentle moves, allowing adjustments to take place.
Bowen is a gentle therapy that does not require deep pressure. There is no manipulation of soft or hard tissue. Most animals usually become very relaxed right away, and even fall asleep during the treatment.
Rapid results are common. Most injuries and pain respond in 2 or 3 sessions, but there is no limit to the number of treatments an animal can receive. ‘Top up’ or maintenance treatments are of great benefit to help keeping the body in a state of optimal balance and to prevent re-injury. A treatment will take approximately 45 minutes.
Conditions that respond well to Bowen Therapy include:
- Muscular skeletal issues like lameness, sprains and strains
- Arthritis and stiffness
- Unevenness or weakness
- Stiffness and pain after surgery
- Behavioural changes or problems
- Fear and anxiety
- Weakened immune system
- Digestive problems
If you have an animal with any of the above or another health issue that you would like to treat in a more natural way, please contact me per email or call me on 07 578 0824 to discuss how Bowen Therapy could help your animal.
The History of Bowen
The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950’s by the late Tom Bowen from Geelong, Australia. Tom Bowen became a celebrated therapist, regularly treating over 13,000 patients each year.
It was popularized by students of Tom in the eighties, and training in this technique became readily available for the first time in 1986. Since then it has been taught extensively throughout the world. The therapy has achieved a high status in natural therapies where it is accepted along with other modalities.
This gentle healing modality has helped thousands of people and animals around the world, enjoying a healthier way of life.
In memoriam of Shirley Calder
My dear friend Shirley Calder, who developed and taught the Small Animal Bowen Course, was diagnosed with lung cancer in April 2011. She passed away peacefully on 12 February 2012 surrounded by family and friends. She was a great teacher, a very caring person and very passionate about natural healing for both humans and animals. She was always sharing her knowledge and was an inspiration to many. I am sure she will watch over me as I continue to practice Bowen for small animals. She will be dearly missed. May she rest in peace.
If you want to know how Bowen Therapy could help your animal please feel free to contact me.
The information contained in this website is not intended to replace guidance from your veterinarian. Bowen Therapy and Homeopathy are complementary to veterinary treatment and the general care of the animal.