Initially developed in the 1950s in Australia, Bowenwork is a dynamic system of connective tissue and muscle therapy that is gaining popularity in the US and greater Seacoast region.
“People are looking for complementary evidence-based therapies to address both acute and chronic health conditions, which is where Bowenwork comes in,” said Practitioner Lisa Toole in South Berwick, ME. “From athletes and seniors to parents and children, Bowenwork is effective.”
Working with fellow Practitioners Cheryl Brown and Ainslee Farrington through Bowenwork for Fascial Health, Toole said the therapy has proven particularly effective at promoting fascial health.
Defined as the soft tissue component of the connective tissue system that permeates the human body, fascia forms a whole-body continuous 3-dimensional matrix of structural support.
“Bowenwork is like a tuning instrument for healthy fascia,” explained Toole. “It interpenetrates and surrounds all organs, muscles, bones, and nerve fibers to create a unique environment for the body systems’ functioning.”
Farrington, who works in Northwood, NH agreed and said Bowenwork “taps into the body’s complex feedback loops or cause-and-effect circuits.”
“Excessive stress, trauma and shock can sidetrack the brain from its usual control,” she said. “When nothing works for someone, it is because the body’s nervous system, or ‘fight-flight-freeze’ mode, is stuck. Bowenwork moves tap into this feedback loop and add new information to encourage healing.”
The result, said Farrington, is people feel a return to a “rest-relax-repair’ mode.
While research has supported its efficacy for more than 5 decades worldwide, Brown said acceptance of Bowenwork has grown significantly in the past 10 years.
“We have seen a 400% increase in the greater Seacoast and Southern Maine during that time, and it keeps growing,” she said.
Working in Kennnebunk, ME, Brown cited one recent case in which a client came in with a swollen knee and ankle.
“He had knee surgery years ago, and he wasn’t sure why his ankle was swollen,” she said. “The reason is that his fascia was stuck, which created a domino effect that migrated compensations to other areas of the body.”
Noting she worked on his lower back, knees and ankle during his session, Brown said his swelling and other related symptoms disappeared within a week.
“After Bowenwork, his healing mechanisms came back online via the fascial feedback loop to repair the knee and ankle,” she said.
According to Toole, the takeaway for the general public is that Bowenwork works whether one “feels it or not.”
“It affects systems at the subconscious and sub-cognitive level,” she said. “Cellular changes begin following completion of just a few Bowen moves.”
The results, she said, are “profound.”
“Improved sleep, rest and digestion–these are just some of the other benefits people report experiencing from Bowenwork,” Toole said. “It’s an exciting time to be a Bowenwork practitioner.”