Frequently asked questions:
- When should I get Bowen done?
For general relaxation, you can have Bowen whenever you feel you need it! For a longer-term or chronic issue, the sooner you start, the better.
For a specific injury, the ideal time for a Bowtech session is immediately after the injury occurs. That way, your body can overcome the trauma before it begins to compensate for it - which can create more problems in the long run. Within 3 days of the injury is ideal for the quickest and most complete recovery.
- What will my first session be like?
There are standard moves and sequences done for everyone's first Bowen session, and it takes ~45 minutes depending on how your body responds to the inputs. One exception is if you have a very recent injury that requires immediate attention.
Bowen is done through the clothes, so wear loose-fitting or stretchy clothing like yoga or track pants.
- What about subsequent sessions?
How your body responds to the previous session will guide how we address the next one. Interestingly, issues or pain can pop up in unexpected and seemingly unrelated areas after a session! This is actually a good sign that a change has been initiated and that a problem is being 'undone', and this progression is what guides us to the root cause.
- What do I do following a session?
You can resume your regular routine and activity after a session, with the addition of "The 3 Ws": Water, Walk, Wait
On the day after a Bowen session, it's entirely likely that you will feel worse. This is actually a GOOD sign that positive changes have been activated in your body. In that case, further increase your water consumption and relieve your pain as needed.
Also, for best results, please note the following:
- Don't have any other forms of bodywork for 4 days beforehand or for 1 week afterward
- Avoid heavy exercise on the day of your session
- Don't use ice or heat on the site of injury
- What is Baby Bowen?
Baby Bowen is a serious of specific moves that can really help to calm babies that are difficult to settle, or that suffer from colic or neck restrictions, among other issues. Refer to the Pregnancy & Baby page for more details.