Now we know what it is, how does it work?
There are a few theories as to how Bowen actually works, one of the most accepted is as follows… The brain is continually sending out and receiving thousands of signals to the body each second. Just to move your arm to drink you tea, your brain must send a signal down your spinal cord to your arm and hand where is it converted into action. As you pick up your tea your brain receives information allowing it to decide how much force to apply. Back goes the signal to your arm and hand and so on. If you touch the mug of tea and it’s too hot, a pain response is triggered – another signal. All of these signals happen very quickly creating a fluid movement or pull your arm back to stop you burning yourself.
Added to these types of signal are other signals from your connective tissue. One type of connective tissue is almost like a spider’s web that runs through and around your muscles called fascia. This plays a major role in muscle co-ordination, postural alignment and overall structural integrity. When you pick something up your muscles and connective tissue are responding to your brains requests. If it hurts, it is your muscles and connective tissue that send this information back to the brain.
It is thought that Bowen interferes with the signals that are sent to our brain forcing the brain to reinterpret the information it is receiving. This can encourage the brain to look the problem area and decide what it needs to do to help, this could be by releasing tension, increasing flexibility or something else. Once the brain reinterprets the signals from one area it can start to do the same with other areas which is why it is possible for Bowen to set off a response in a completely different area of the body when it might not have even been touched.
Pretty great stuff!