The patient can lye on a bed or on a massage table, covered, in a comfortable position, but the Bowen treatment can be applied as well to a patient seated on a chair.
A treatment consists of gentle moves performed with the thumbs and fingers over the muscles and connective tissue, either on bare skin or over the cloths. Those moves are sending messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a preferred, relaxed, balanced way of well being.
Between each sets of moves there is a necessary break of a few minutes, when the patient rests alone, while the body is taking the necessary time to process the messages and initiate the healing mechanisms.
Results can be remarkable, even from the first session, as the body will continue to heal itself for the next few days.
The treatments are done, generally, every seven days. Most of the times only a few sessions are needed, in case of acute conditions. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.
Unlike many other hands-on therapies, the Bowen Technique does not use forceful manipulation. The practitioner does not force the body to do “as it is told”, but allows the body to do the work that is necessary to heal itself in its own time.