Fascia & Bowen


Towards a deeper understanding

Working with Connective Tissue

Working with Fascia

Bowen Therapy achieves its profound and long lasting effects by working with the superficial and deep connective tissue in the body. This connective tissue is called fascia. Fascia forms one continuous structure in the body, and is the medium through which communication between cells occur. It forms the spaces between the cells and is a major fluid transit pathway in the body. Blood vessels deliver nutrients and oxygen into this tissue, lymph vessels collect waste, nerves are protected by this tissue, muscles and bones supported and encased in its structure.  The health of this fascia determines to a large degree the healthy functioning of all other systems in the body.

During a Bowen Therapy treatment, we enhance the health of fascia in two main ways. The transverse, gentle push and pull of the Bowen move releases stuck and glued fibres, allowing the fluid transit routes to be reopened. Nutrients and oxygen can be efficiently delivered to the tissue, waste products removed and nerve impulses transmitted more effectively.


Treating the whole body holistically

When a Bowen Therapy treatment is given, the glued fibres are gently pulled apart and released to their natural alignment. Each treatment addresses the whole body, not just the area of injury or pain. Postural misalignments are released, effective movement patterns are restored. Muscle pain, sprain and strain can heal more rapidly.

Bowen Therapy has been shown to help with a large range of health issues such as skin problems, digestive problems and respiratory problems. With the release of toxins and patterning, the moves begin to accomplish holistic balance almost immediately. Since Bowen Therapy addresses the body as a whole unit rather than just the presenting symptom, it embraces the physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving a treatment.

The meridian system of Traditional Chinese Medicine also runs through this connective tissue; the superficial and deep fascia in the body, and by releasing restrictions in this tissue we are also allowing the energetic pathways to be unblocked and rebalanced. It is now believed that our emotional responses also travel through the fascia. Our fascia has been called “the skin of the spirit”; the place of transformation; the medium through which the body and spirit communicate.


Deep relaxation promotes the balancing and healing process

Deep relaxation promotes the balancing and healing process

The experienced practitioner targets the body’s innate healing ability

The Bowen Therapy practitioner is a catalyst, setting the stimulus in motion for the body to heal itself. The success of the outcome of the treatment is enhanced by the practitioner’s experience and assessment skills, their ability to view the body as a whole unit and to address the origin of the problem.

A Bowen Therapy treatment, whether to address a specific problem or maintain a healthy body, is the essence of simplicity.