BOWEN THERAPY

The "Less is More" Approach to Healing

About Bowen

It is the restoration of the parasympathetic state thru communication with the nervous system by the sensory and pain receptors in the skin.

Thru series of gentle moves over specific muscle groups, the tension and superficial fascia are stimulated thru receptors to allow for energy flow, hydration and release of compressed or inflamed tissues.

As a result, a deeper state of relaxation, well being, sleep, decreased sensation of pain and enhanced speed of recovery is achieved. 

May be for you

If you are or have

  • tired but wired (cannot relax at night)

  • insomnia (can't fall or stay asleep)

  • a lot of tension in the shoulders & neck that you can't get rid of

  • pain and tension in any other muscles or joints​​

Read below for other potential benefits you may gain 

Bowen & Traditional Chinese Medicine

There is strong correlation between Bowen therapy and the concept of meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine; that Qi (energy) should flow freely thru these meridians. 

 

When the energy isn't flowing, it often presents itself as pain or lack of proper function of certain system in the body.

 

Because Bowen works on releasing tension along these meridians, even though the pain/problem may be elsewhere, the effects end up being longer lasting. 

Conditions Bowen therapy may benefit

HEAD & NECK

  • Allergies

  • Clicking jaw

  • Difficulty with balance

  • Dizziness

  • Dyslexia

  • Ear problems, Meniere’s disease, deafness, tinnitus

  • Eyesight problems

  • Facial paralysis/Bell’s palsy

  • Headaches, migraines

  • Neck muscles restriction/tension (ex rotation of neck)

  • Sinusitis

  • Sore throat

  • Swollen glands

  • Teeth grinding

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Torticollis

  • Whiplash

 

CHEST/THORAX

  • Angina

  • Chest pain

  • Fibrocystic breasts

  • Lactation problems

  • Mastitis

  • Scoliosis, kyphosis

  • Sprung ribs

  • Sternal discomfort

  • Tightness in pectoralis muscle

  • Upper back and shoulder blade restrictions

ARM (Shoulder -> Hand)

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Chronic shoulder restriction

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Golfer’s elbow

  • Painful forearms, wrists, hands, thumbs

  • Repetitive strain injury to forearm and elbow

  • Rounded shoulders

  • Shoulder pain

  • Shoulder, arm, and hand problems

  • Tennis elbow

  • Tingling or numbness in fingers, hands, thumbs

​RESPIRATORY​​

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Cold, coughs

  • Diaphragm problems & restrictions

  • Emphysema

  • Hay fever

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LOW BACK (to tailbone)

  • Back pain in pregnancy

  • Injuries to tailbone

  • Low back pain

  • Scoliosis

  • Swelling/pain in sacral area

LEG (Hip & Buttocks -> Foot)

  • Ankle and foot problems

  • Arthritic hips

  • Bunions

  • Circulatory problems of legs

  • Difficulty with balance

  • Edema

  • Hammertoes

  • Heel spurs

  • Hip or pelvic discomfort or misalignment

  • Internal/external rotation of feet

  • Knee problems

  • Leg length discrepancy

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Sciatica

  • Shin splints

  • Tight inflexible feet

  • Tight or injured hamstrings

​​​ORGANS

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  • Adrenal exhaustion

  • Kidney/bladder problems

  • Liver problems

  • Urinary tract infections

GASTROINTESTINAL

  • Bloating

  • Bowel problems

  • Colic

  • Heartburn

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Hernia

  • Indigestion

  • Liver, pancreas or gallbladder problems

  • Nausea

OTHER

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  • Anxiety

  • Bursitis, ganglion, swelling or lump near the knee, elbow, wrist or other joint

  • Grief

  • Incontinence & bed wetting

  • Infertility

  • Lymphatic blockage

  • Male reproductive problems

  • Pain/discomfort in perineal region

  • Postepisiotomy

  • Postmenopausal and menopausal symptoms

  • Postural imbalance

  • Premenstrual symptoms (ex. cramps)

  • Proctalgia

  • Shock

  • Stress

Before Your Appointment!

Please wear light, thin layer clothing. 

Good examples:

  • Tank Tops

  • T-shirt

  • Yoga pants/spandex/tights

  • Shorts

Undesired examples:

  • Jeans

  • Sweaters (or many layers)

  • Vests

  • Thick trousers

Expect

Length of each treatment will be around 45 min - 1hr and treatments have to be done min 5 days apart to allow for the body to integrate the changes occuring.

 

Important: It is recommended the first couple of days after the appointment to postpone other more stimulating activities (ex.workout)/therapies for the full effects of Bowen therapy to take place. This is due to the therapy being so gentle and working on a subtle level, that we don't wont to disrupt or cancel out the effects. You can definitely still continue getting other treatments with aiming to schedule your Bowen treatments after those activites/treatments.

 

For example: if you are getting acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments, get these done first, then get Bowen.

If you work out, do that first. Then get a Bowen treatment with few days of lighter activity (ex. walking) before you get another work out. 

Results will depend on the acuteness of the problem. Chronic issues may take a few treatments to resolve or significantly improve, while acute issues have a tendency to resolve with just a couple of treatments. The sooner the better. 

604.271.6442

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Broadmoor Health

10020 No 3 Rd. Richmond BC V7A 1W4

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