It is very unfortunate for us Amercians who were taught about all of our anatomical pieces and parts but were never taught about the interconnectedness of all these pieces and parts. Today, in Western medicine, the condition of a foot for example, has nothing to do with the condition of the neck. And the gallbladder certainly has nothing to do with a vertebral subluxation at thoracic vertebrae T12-L1. A podiatrist is not going to look to your neck to fix an ankle problem-ever! But guess what? A Bowen Therapist would! And, yes, a Bowen Therapist just may be able to remedy your sciatica by working on your jaw.
I know, this is where people think “oh brother, here we go…” but at least read a little about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) before closing your mind. I use TCM as an example because hopefully it at least carries enough weight for some consideration outside “The Box.” It’s been around for many thousands of years, much longer than Western medicine.
TCM, above all, sees the human body as an organic whole, a complete system made up of physical structures, emotions, mind, and spirit. It does not separate your body into parts, nor does it just treat one part of your body. In the TCM view, everything in the body is seen as woven together into a seamless whole; all parts have a relationship with one another.” TCM World
It is the same with Bowen Therapists. We understand that the connective tissue structures in the body are continuous and interconnected in a multitude of ways. The very same connective tissue that runs down the right side of the head also runs down the left side of the body. Low back pain can absolutely be caused by a problem in the cervical (neck) AND vice-versa!
It would behoove us Westerners to embrace this idea. We would benefit greatly- we would be taking less pharmaceuticals and having less surgeries and enjoying all of our pieces and parts working and playing together in one WHOLISTIC, highly functioning and pain-free body.
Simply put, in Bowen therapy we are releasing restrictions in the soft connective tissues in the body. When there are restrictions in these structures nerves get pinched, joints get compressed or pulled away from their natural track, and subluxations occur. This is what causes the pain and inability to function.
Once tensional balance is restored to these structures, everything is allowed to return to a normal position thus eliminating pain and dysfunction. Sounds and looks simple but it is not. There are often layers of dysfunction that must be identified and “unwound”. Sometimes results are immediate, but more often than not is takes some time.
Understanding the complexity of how these structures are interrelated has been my endeavor, my expertise for many years. I teach Bowen therapy to massage therapists in private practice and in massage schools. This system of bodywork is brilliant. It is effective and efficient and most times a handful of weekly treatments is all that is required to achieve complete recovery!
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