Bowen as a Fascial Release Technique
The Bowen Technique is often referred to as a ‘fascial release technique’. This means that it works by stimulating the body’s fascia. The fascia is made up of the connective tissue which surrounds the muscles, organs and bones, which in turn facilitates movement and flexibility.
Trauma, tension, scar tissue and dehydration can all inhibit free movement between the various parts of the body, and this can cause pain and discomfort. It is important to remember that it is the fascia, along with our muscles, tendons and ligaments, that holds our skeleton in place and not the other way around. Essentially, we are able to remain upright not because of our unstable skeleton, but because of the complex combination of soft tissue acting on the skeleton.
The fascia helps support the spine and therefore has a direct effect on our posture. By stimulating the fascia to let go of abnormal tension, the muscles and fascia can work together more effectively, encouraging the spine to adopt a better position, improving posture and eliminating pain.
It is interesting to observe that at the end of a Bowen session, many clients comment on how much taller they feel. This is as a direct result of the Bowen moves, which have released tensions in the body.