When it comes to explaining Bowen Therapy, one size does not fit all. I can explain it to some in a simplistic manner, to others in a technical manner but so far not one description works for everyone. Given the fact that as a society we are not used to the idea of fixing a body by attending to the soft tissues in a manipulative but very light touch kind of way, and add to that the truth that we have only just begun to understand the functioning of the connective tissue systems in the body, it gets difficult to comprehend pretty quickly. It is just foreign to us.
THAT BEING SAID, IT WORKS BEAUTIFULLY.
I will continue to offer different approaches to explaining why Bowen Therapy works as they come to me. Eventually there will be enough documented science of the inner workings of the connective tissue-the fascia in particular-that some brilliant anatomist will be able to successfully explain it to everyone.
In the meantime, I will use some images from my very favorite anatomist, Tom Myers to help give you a visual. The book by Tom Myers, Anatomy Trains, is far the best book on functional anatomy to date.
Think of the body as put together via ropes and pulleys (think bringing a pail of water out of a well- pull down on one side of the rope causes the other side of the rope to shorten bringing up the pail of water). Same with connective tissues in the body. You pull something tighter over here and the opposite end – or the antagonist muscle HAS to lengthen. (Remember those toys some of us had that were put together this way? push on the bottom of the feet and the whole thing collapses?) On a superficial level, this is what we are doing in Bowen Therapy. We are telling the brain to tighten this one, loosen this one and so forth, balancing the tension in all of these opposing soft tissue structures. This imbalance in the structures is what causes us much of our pain and our parts to not function properly. In addition, once an imbalance is present in one area, guess what? Eventually other structures get imbalanced as well BECAUSE ALL STRUCTURES ARE CONNECTED. There is actually, a “rope” of connective tissue that connects from the heel, up the back and around the top of the head!
It gets more complicated than that. The connective tissue called fascia that wraps around and through everything actually has 10 times the nerve endings as muscles do! So when you say your bicep hurts, it’s probably the fascia surrounding the bicep that is actually givinig out the pain signals. The fascia is the super highway of communication between the muscles and so forth and the brain.Here is what it looks like:
A spidery web of collagen. Collagen happens to be a piezoelectric material which means you put any strain or pressure on it and it sends out an electrical signal- to the brain. Follow me? This is why Bowen Therapy works- we send signals via pressure to the fascia which sends electrical signals to the brain to tell the brain something is out of whack in this area, and please fix it.
That’s probably far enough for today…hopefully the visuals help!
Thank you Tom Myers!
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