For several weeks now, I have been trying a few new therapies to see if I could help my body in a new way. As you all know, I believe that true healing from a chronic illness happens when you are willing to work with your emotions and past baggage, not only the physical side of things. Because of that belief, my treatment plan has always looked different than most. Last week, I had my first (and definitely not last!) Bowen Therapy session and I have to say, I am hooked!
The Bowen Therapy is a touch based method, using the skin rolling technique at certain acupressure and meridian points around your body to stimulate increased blood flow and therefore, oxygen, in your connective tissues and nerves. This creates healing in the places we can’t often reach with IV therapies or other common healing methods. You lay on a massage table in comfortable clothes and simply enjoy. The touch is very gentle and the therapists focus on certain parts of your body, while giving you a timed break between each area. This pause allows the blood to flow to the newly relaxed area and start the healing. The therapist will repeat this process until every part of your body has been worked on; it usually is an hour long session.
During my time, I was amazed at how deeply relaxed I became. I immediately felt like I was breathing easier and overall was very peaceful and calm. I was able to truly zone out and relax for the session- a break I needed!
As warned by my therapist, I did feel very sore as the next 24 hours passed. I also was FREEZING cold. I shivered for several hours afterwards but a sweater took care of most of it. I knew I was releasing toxins and wasn’t worried. I made sure to drink a lot of water and rest for the rest of the day.
Over the next couple of days, I felt the tension wearing off. I still felt relaxed, finally caught up on sleep (!!) and even released some pent up emotions with a gentle good cry. I was constantly amazed as the days went on how GOOD I felt. The effects of a session can last up to 7 days which is fascinating. My sleep, mood and energy stayed high the entire week. Amazing! I highly recommend checking out a Bowen therapy session if you’re looking for a hands on, gentle physical and emotional release therapy. I can’t wait for my next one!
Have you tried Bowen before? What was your experience like?