A Bowen session consists of a series of specific "moves" over specific areas of the body with 2 - 3 minute pauses between each series of moves which are important. The therapist will leave the room between each series of moves in order to enable the client's body to fully respond to the moves.
During the Bowen session, the therapist does not usually speak with the client. The client should, however, express what he or she feels during the course of the session. Outside influences, such as background noise, music, or any scents, are all elements which lessen the effects of the treatment. The client's nervous system should not have to deal with these external stimulations.
Bowen's effect on the nervous system is very subtle, and the body responds over time. For this reason, other manipulative therapies should be avoided for 5 - 7 days before and after a Bowen session so they do not interfere with the body's response to the Bowen.
After an injury, the sooner you get to a Bowen practitioner, the better. Within a few days is ideal for the quickest and most complete recovery. Do not learn to live with your pain, get rid of it and live pain-free.
As practitioners, it is our goal to stimulate the nervous system in order to access the parasympathetic mode. This is achieved through peaceful surroundings with warmth, comfort and serenity. Maximum efficiency with the Bowen moves is achieved when under these conditions.
Also drinking lots of water and walking for 5 - 7 days after a Bowen session is important.
The Bowen Technique is usually practiced directly on the skin, however, more experienced practitioners can easily work through loose-fitting clothing. The client should wear comfortable clothing rather than tight-fitting jeans.