The other day I was in an absolutely delicious yoga class. The instructor was educating us on the importance of balance in the muscles and connective tissue- front to back and left side to right side. She was singing my tune!
In Bowen Therapy, we talk about something called “tensegrity”:
A concept of muscular-skeletal relationships based on the work of architect Buckminster Fuller; refers to the forces of tension (provided by muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia) pulling on structure (bones and joints) that help keep the body both stable and efficient in mass and movement.
During a Bowen treatment, mucles, tendons, and ligaments are lightly “strummed” by the practitioner in a sequence of movements. These movements effectively tell the brain to balance opposing structures in the body. This is extremely important– if the body is out of alignment, imbalanced, there is no longer perfect form or perfect function. The result is first pain, and if left unchecked a distortion pattern gets locked in the body leading to dysfunction and deterioration.
It often happens that new clients come in at their wits end, about to allow invasive procedures because they cannot take the pain any longer and/or they cannot perform whatever activity they desire. Many times within a few sessions, balance, “tensegrity” is restored, function returns, and pain is eliminated. I see the look of bewilderment in my clients faces. They marvel at the fact that they didn’t have to go through more pain or undergo any invasive procedure to correct the problem.
This is why I am a Bowen Therapist. Bowen Therapy is an amazing not yet clearly understood science. But it works. I help people feel better everyday- and that is a really good feeling.