If you are in pain or discomfort, have long term physical issues that remain unresolved, try Bowen Technique (also known as Bowen Therapy or Bowtech) as a gentle way to initiate healing and restore balance and health in the body.
Bowen is an innovative system of muscle and connective tissue therapy developed by the late Tom Bowen from Geelong, Australia. Through a series of gentle and non-invasive soft tissue moves, Bowen facilitates healing on many levels, creating relief from discomfort, realigning of postural imbalances and overall promotion of well being.
The body is a master of compensation and is constantly trying to remain on its axis. It does this by adjusting the 5 systems in the body
- Nervous System – the network of nerve cells and fibres which transmits nerve impulses between parts of the body.
- Fascial System -Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together.
- Lymphatic System – the network of vessels through which lymph drains from the tissues into the blood.
- Musculoskeletal System – provides form, support, stability, and movement to the body. It is made up of the bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together.
- Venous System – veins that drain into the right atrium of the heart, without passing through two vascular beds (i.e. they originate from a set of capillaries and do not pass through a second set of capillaries before reaching the right side of the heart).
- Arterial System-canals that carry blood from the heart.
Imbalance in the connective tissue of the body, manifested through injury, trauma, disease or emotions, causes disorganization, which can set up irregular patterns in the body which we call compensation. If left too long without treatment, patterns begin to appear, and within these patterns areas of contraction/restriction causing disorganization. It is often the case that pain originates in these ares of contraction/ restriction because the body wants to move around a path of least resistance. Pain manifesting in this way is a result of mechanosensitivity rather than tissue damage. Area of pain is often NOT where the damage is, this is described as referred pain.
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED
- Mechanosensitivity -(Mechanical stress can modulate physiological processes at the molecular, cellular, and systemic level.)
Kenneth Snelson (born June 29, 1927) is an American contemporary sculptor and Photograher. His sculptural works are composed of flexible and rigid components arranged according to the idea of Tensegrity, they depend on the tension between rigid pipes and flexible cables. The height and strength of Snelson’s sculptures, which are often delicate in appearance, depend on the tension between rigid pipes and flexible cables.
- Continuous tension network in which discontinuous compression elements are suspended
- The compression struts do not touch each other
- These tensional and compressive forces push and pull on each other simultaneously
- It can rapidly transmit and distribute forces to all parts of the structure
- Can withstand dynamic stress while balancing multiple three dimensional or linear forces
The Three Main Laws of Tensegrity
- Continously connected tensioned network supporting discontinous compression struts
- Is self supporting and is pre-stressed under tension and is independent of gravity
- It is self contained
ALL COMPONENTS ARE DYNAMICALLY LINKED SO THAT ANY CHANGE IN THE SYSTEM IS REFLECTED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE STRUCTURE
Dr. Stephen Levin originated the concept of Biotensegrity based on the work of Buckminster Fuller and Kenneth Snelson more than 30 years ago. He originally trained as an Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon and was formerly Clinical Associate Professor at Michigan State University and Howard University.
By applying the same principles to the body, (which is three dimensional in it’s nature) that Snelson applied to his sculptures, we can begin to see what patterns of tension exist in the body and how they are distorting posture thus creating pain. As a Bowen practitioner I have been taught Myofascial Length Testing by Kelly Clancy OTR/L, CHT, SMS from North West School of Structural Therapy. MLT was developed by Donna F.Bajelis PT, SMS as a way to better understand the characteristics of the human fascia web that embodies us all.
The images above show a few of the tests used to establish and determine where the aberrant lines of pull are, and to create a hypothesis about where the tensegrity balance has been altered. This endorses a ‘Global’ view that in order to treat efficiently and precisely, we must as practitioners treat the whole, not just certain areas of the body. Biotensegrity brings a new paradigm in understanding the human body.
Kelly Clancy sums up this use of Tensegrity Medicine by saying :