Bowenwork addresses the entire body by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system which controls over 80% of bodily functions. Bowen procedures also reset the body to heal itself by activating or calming the nervous and endocrine systems through the following mechanisms:
- Stretch reflex – Bowen moves stimulate intra-fascial mechanoreceptors leading to an altered proprioceptive input to the central nervous system, as a result changing a tonus regulation of motor units associated with the tissue. This can change a pain/muscle spasm loop.
- Joint proprioceptors – Work done around a joint directly affects the joint capsule and ligaments that are richly innervated with proprioceptors. This invites normalization of the joint function and increases the range of motion in restricted joints without the need for forceful manipulation.
- Fascia – Bowenwork addresses the fascia, loosening up adhesions, softening scar tissue, improving hydration, tensegrity and mobility all without harsh mobilization or stretching. It improves muscle co-ordination, postural alignment and overall structural and functional integrity.
- Segmental viscerosomatic spinal reflexes – Several Bowen moves engage these reflexes. They produce referred reactions to the internal organs through stimulation of the skin, muscles and nerves.
- Lymphatics – Some Bowen procedures activate draining of the lymphatic system stimulating the immune system.
- Detoxification – Often initiated during a Bowen session, thereby improving the body’s ability to function at a cellular level.