Firstly the program I offer is not a diet. The key aim of my program is for long-term change that teaches you how to maintain a healthy weight for many years without calorie counting or anything drastic. There are no new age supplements or strange rituals involved in our program, just simple principals of real food applied to your particular body type done one step at a time. The reason the program works is due to our ability to work out your own genetic dietary requirements and to teach you to eat to your particular body type, getting you the results you are looking for.
There are an incredible amount of benefits to my programs. Benefits to our program can be extremely vast as it focuses on normalizing all the systems of the body that may be under stress, creating homeostasis from within. You may experience weight loss, banished food cravings, increase in energy, elimination of headaches and abdominal bloating, increased vitality, improved sleeping patterns, reduction in muscle soreness and back pain. These are just some of the things you may experience; truly profound results are possible by everyone just by eating and living to the requirements of your particular body type.
If anything you will eat more on our program. The reason being, all the food going into your mouth will be the right food, in the right proportions and right for your body type. If you give your body all the food it requires it will be burnt efficiently as fuel and never stored as fat. You were given an appetite so that you would nourish yourself, and it is our job to show you the right tools to nourishing yourself.
I’m always feeling tired and love coffee, its gets me through the day, will I have to give up coffee?
Maybe. Here at letithealnow.com we test the individual and what it needs, so we can’t give a concrete answer to anyone without the full picture. Coffee can put the hormones under a lot of stress and this could be one of the reasons you are struggling with your weight and energy so it may be important to remove such items until the body recovers to full health. Only then can coffee be a healthy addition to the diet.
No. But then this can depend on how many guilty pleasures you have. One rule we have at letithealnow.com is to follow the 80/20 rule. If you are good 80% of the time then your body can handle the other 20%, its when the 20% starts to become 40% then 50% and so on, that’s when your perception of how much you are doing is good, is no longer constructive to good health. Obviously the closer to 100% good you achieve the quicker and more profound your results can be, but yes, everything in moderation.
No. A key element to the program is to find the foods that work for you but provide good health at the same time. This will make it a lot easier to stick to the program and not feel like a chore. Only once you are comfortable with what you are doing on the program will it be advisable that new foods are tried to introduce variety and more balance to your diet. You will probably find a lot of new foods enjoyable as your taste buds change and no longer crave particular foods.
Although the specific objectives vary greatly from one individual treatment to the next, the primary objectives are to:
- Stimulate and activate the body’s healing mechanisms to help the body to remember how to heal
- Eliminate pain
- Put the entire body and mind at rest – “letting go” – so it can use its energies and resources to heal itself
- Reduce or eliminate the high state of the “fight or flight response”
- Engage the body to restore itself back into its own perfect pattern of optimal health
- Return the body back to balance
- Greatly accelerate healing
- Reintegrate the communication systems between the body and the brain that has been broken down for some reason so the body can have clearer communication within itself
If this works so phenomenally well, why don’t other healthcare professionals recommend or prescribe the Bowen therapy as a regular course of accelerated recovery or treatment?
- Because of its relative newness to the world, it is not yet mainstream.
Only about 1% of all physicians include or offer natural or alternative treatments in their medical practice.
- Most doctors are taught to primarily use drugs and surgery by medical schools. Most medical schools are not familiar with any natural healthcare or alternative treatments and do not promote any treatment that isn’t mainstream.
The majority of doctors have very busy practices. They don’t have the time to even keep up with the new developments in the natural and alternative fields.
In his prime, Tom Bowen treated nearly 13,000 patients per year without incident. Since then, thousands of other Bowen practitioners have safely performed hundreds of thousands of Bowen sessions supporting Tom Bowen’s claim of its safe use on anyone regardless of age or physical condition. The extremely fit to the sedentary or debilitated can very safely receive Bowen sessions. When performed properly, this non-invasive approach is very safe and so gentle in its application that it is for use on anyone with any stage of health, ailment, or illness without the possibility of harm. Because of its gentle application and it works with the body and its healing processes in such a harmonious and mild manner, there is simply no possibility of harm when Bowen is performed in accordance with Bowen Healing System standards that are taught.
Do I still need to take my medications while I am receiving Bowen sessions and what does it do for the medication I am now taking?
Bowen works to assist the body to heal and therefore can enhance medication results in some cases. There are no known no negative interactions with medications. The long-term benefits that have been seen is that many people are able to reduce or eliminate the need for medication as a result of receiving Bowen treatments. Bowen practitioners NEVER suggest that anyone refrain from taking medication.
What makes Bowen so different compared to chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, or any other kind of work that is performed on the body?
Bowen is distinguished in its own category because of its gentleness, rapid effectiveness, low cost, and its ability to bring permanent relief using only a very short number of sessions in nearly EVERY case. Also, the work is performed with the client lying on a comfortable, fully clothed, no oil is used, and they are encouraged to let go of life for a while and just relax.
The biggest difference is that after receiving a Bowen treatment, the body will continue to heal and change for the next 3-5 days or so as though the body received a treatment everyday AND each treatment builds and compounds upon the last one. Somehow the body remembers the Bowen it has received. AND in most cases, only a few treatments are needed!
Everyone experiences something different. After a session some people feel energized like they haven’t been in a LONG time, others feel a little lethargic or tired – the body’s way of telling you to take it easy and to go take a nap. Honor whatever your body is “telling” you to do.
Others feel calm and balanced, others relieved and stress free and peaceful. Remember, your body is going to heal what IT knows is most important, first. Some even feel so different they say that it feels like they are walking in someone else’s body.
On rare occasions, people may momentarily feel a bit out of balance. For any of these we say, “GREAT, IT’S WORKING!” These displays are wonderful signs that show that your body is responding to Bowen.
On rare occasion, some people experience “new areas” of tenderness, soreness, discomfort or even some level of pain in their body for a few days after a session. This too is GREAT! Muscles you haven’t used for a long time didn’t have a chance to go to the gym and work out for 8-12 weeks to get back into shape. They had to immediately start working after having been laid-off or not fully working for some time. When muscle compensations and poor postural or movement practices in the body begin to improve, some muscles and joints will have to work a little harder, whether they want to or not, as they recapture their correct function.
Your body may also be re-tracing backwards through old injuries and traumas for some time as the body works its way back into balance. Your entire body is also releasing toxins and built-up waste products. It is really cleaning house! Muscles that have been held in contraction for some time do build up waste products and lactic acid. Bowen may have shaken your body up a bit to begin moving it out of the body into the bloodstream so you may experience feelings of having worked out or even those that feel like you have run a marathon. Drink more water and go on a walk.
Nearly everyone will feel some elimination of the pain or symptoms immediately following a session.
It is important to understand that Bowen is quite different in its approach in helping the body to fix itself and that all symptoms or pains may not “go away” after the first few sessions. It has taken years to get to the point where your body is and it may take some time to get it right again. Remember, we are peeling off the layers of bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, stresses, surgery, accidents, etc., not necessarily trying to take off huge chunks. It takes a bit of time, in most cases, to affect the deeper levels of the body. Concern your self with the progress that is happening and focus on the key that something good is happening.
If and when your body begins to detoxify or unwind, celebrate the fact that something is happening. Understand that your body may continue to change for 3-5 days after the session. Each day your body will often make significant physiological (structural), mental and emotional changes as it releases years or even decades of trauma and stress and the body’s relationship to these factors of the past.
Some people feel they are slipping backwards a few days after their treatment.
On rare occasions, old traumas or injuries that have a long established pattern in the body can momentarily flare up. The body has held the pattern for some time and the old pattern is still the familiar –status quo- one it can first readily relate to. It also shows that Bowen did do something and that Bowen will work for you. Keep going, you are doing just fine!
Once again, GREAT, it’s working. Occasionally people do experience huge releases from their digestive tract. The body has held tension, stress and trauma in the stomach, small and large intestines and the body has held onto fluids. Bowen gave the systems a signal to relax and “let go” and that is what it is doing. You may have to take many trips to the toilet for a couple of hours. Wonderful.
The truth is, that only the BODY can do the curing. We just set the stage so the body can heal if it is able. With Bowen, the body is only given direct signals as information to engage the stimulation and activation of its own self-healing and self- balancing mechanisms trusting that the wisdom of the body will resolve whatever condition may exist.
Bowen will assist the body to restore its natural healthy balance even with a chronic problem. Chronic problems can respond more slowly, in some cases, as the body works to change a long-held and very familiar unhealthy pattern into a new vibrant and healthy one.
In most cases, some level of relief occurs during or within a few short hours after a session. Results can come within the first week after the session. Again, 3-5 sessions spaced about a week apart are sufficient for most issues. These few visits are still a fraction of the number of visits that people do while undergoing many other forms of care, and in the end there is a huge saving of both time and money.
Bowen has a long and successful track record helping people with an incredibly vast assortment of problems and conditions.
Only by getting series of sessions can you really know. Be assured that you will know in a relatively short time whether it is helping you as results speak for themselves.
If anyone could predict that…well, now THAT would be amazing. Because of the billions of possibilities that factor in and exist between humans and their ailments, it would be irresponsible to give a definite answer.
In many seemingly difficult cases that mirror each other very precisely, some took only 2-3 sessions, and some others 10 sessions. Generally, using most other natural or alternative methods it takes one month or treatment for every year that you have had the condition for the treatment to do any good at all. In nearly every case, Bowen works MUCH faster than this, usually only 3-5 sessions, generally 7 days apart, (in very rare cases more frequent sessions have been found to be very useful) will be all that is necessary to bring the body back into balance for most people. With Bowen it is very common for people to heal in about 35% of the time it would normally take, especially after a surgery or major trauma.
Again, most conditions respond very rapidly to 3-5 sessions.
A more serious or chronic condition may take several sessions to begin seeing results and even longer to help the problem resolve. Some conditions are so long-term, extreme and complicated by age or other factors that a complete recovery will not happen. In these cases, ongoing treatment at regularly scheduled intervals is the what is needed.
Bowen is beginning to be recognized and used in a few hospitals and clinics in the U.S., and more widely used and accepted in Australia, Canada, and the U.K., in various countries throughout Europe and around the world. A hospital in North Carolina uses Bowen as a centerpiece for its multi-disciplinary treatment program.
Insurance will not pay for Bowen Therapy.
Actually, Bowen doesn’t know where to work. Only the body does, however, the Releases and Activations performed on the body in their particular sequences, assist the body in awakening from its state of slumber or stupor and brings its attention to problems and alerts the body to the areas of highest priority so it can quickly and most efficiently focus its resources to get to work healing itself.
Why does Bowen use such little pressure, in most cases, when the “Activations” are applied to the body?
Bowen uses such light pressure because it follows a very specific physiologic law of the body, the Arndt-Schulze law, that states the body responds more profoundly and positively to a low level stimulus than it does to a strong painful stimulus. Less really is more in the case of Bowen. It uses the least amount of work in search of achieving the greatest effect approach.
Also, the art of Bowen is for the Practitioner to apply enough pressure to address the body physically and at the same time to apply the pressure light enough to address the body energetically at the same time!
Great! The initial fact that it worked for a while means that your body responded and can heal using Bowen. There can be several reasons why the change or relief was temporary. The body may need a few reminders on how to reset itself and get back on the path to optimal health. KEEP GOING! The effects of a Bowen session begin during the session and continue working for 3-5 days or so after the session. Many of the greatest benefits experienced a few days after the session.
Did anything really happen? I went to one session and I didn’t feel much and I don’t think Bowen did anything for me. What do you have to say for that?
One session simply will not do it for most people. Receive at least 3-5 sessions for mild to moderate cases. For severe to extreme cases receive at least 5-8 sessions. We have seen cases where it took 6-8 sessions with not much happening then all of a sudden – BOOM – everything changed and the person shot back to good health almost instantly. Sometimes it takes patience for Bowen to set in.
The bamboo tree seed is planted. It is fertilized and watered painstakingly for 5 years and not even one sign of a sprout. In the fifth year, as soon as you begin to see a sprout, it shoots up to 90 feet tall in SIX WEEKS! That is over 25 inches per day! Over 1 inch per hour! You can practically see it grow in front of your eyes!!! The tree had to first lay its foundational roots. Sometimes the body needs to do that as well.
In most cases that there was seemingly no result, most people didn’t follow the directions and did things they shouldn’t have or they didn’t do what they were asked to do (drink lots of water, for those who medically are able to go on a daily 20 minute walk, refrain from coffee and alcohol etc.).
Also, humans have a wonderful ability to forget how bad something was once it’s a little better.
In the extremely rare case that nothing did happen, and there has been no change whatsoever and your Bowen practitioner has done all they could do for you, Bowen may not be right for you. The bottom line is that it simply does not work for everyone. The reason(s) why? We haven’t found that out yet.
I’ve had cases where people moved along great and then all of a sudden their progress stopped. In nearly every case, the person did something, like starting to exercise too much, or they have had back problems for years and “Oh, I moved everything in my house and garage last weekend, put in the garden AND pruned the trees and did the yard work”; or “ I have been running for a couple of months now, so I ran the marathon last weekend” or “I felt so good that my wife and I hiked up to the top of Mount Whitney (some 14,000 + feet) We haven’t hiked in years since I got hurt, so we decided to go again.” … You can’t do this to your body and expect it to not hurt again! Or their ergonomics at the desk at work is not good, for example. This is usually the case.
At this point you really have to take responsibility for yourself. Your practitioner may have strong recommendations as to what you can do and could expect from further sessions. If you feel at this point that you are moving in the right direction and this is something you want to pursue, the choice is up to you.
If this is the case, communicate this with your practitioner and discuss what your next step or steps should be. Generally, a few sessions, the intervals between sessions should be stretching out, for example, from seven to ten to fourteen then to eighteen, twenty-one, twenty-four, twenty-eight days in between sessions. After this you should come in when your body “tells” you. Feel free to discuss any of
this with your practitioner. You can discuss a further number of sessions or take it on a week-to-week basis, which ever you prefer.
Great! Success again!!! We have your body back on track. From here you may discuss future sessions for preventive maintenance. It will always depend upon what your body needs. It’s different for everyone. You decide what works for you and what interval suits your schedule, stress levels, finances, etc. In traditional Chinese medicine, and in many other healing traditions in native cultures around the world, the minimum recommended maintenance for the body is at change of each season or four times per year.
The problem may return in cases where muscle weakness and stamina are not addressed and where re-injury has occurred. In all instances where client supports their recovery process with appropriate exercise and activity for their ability coupled with good nutrition and does their best to refrain from activities that will cause re-injury, the likelihood of the problem returning is very low.
Bowen is best used alone as a stand-alone modality. There are ways to properly sequence Bowen with sufficient time allowed for Bowen to take effect while other treatments are received. Bowen works best alone. Bowen can be effective with Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, or Rolfing, on some occasions, although they DO NOT MIX WELL. What happens if any of these therapies are applied too soon before or after a Bowen session it can dampen or even erase the ongoing effects of Bowen.
I was told by doctors and specialists that they cannot find anything wrong and that I will just have to learn to live with the pain, can Bowen help?
In most cases, ABSOLUTELY!!! We often tell people the impossible Bowen can do, the miraculous takes a little longer – sometimes. In other words and in most cases a definite and resounding YES! Many tens of thousands of people have come to Bowen as a last resort after having been told, “You must live with your pain.” Bowen has a very high success rate for cases such as these.
In many cases, Yes! Restrictions in the neuro-pathways or in blood flow caused by tense or spasming muscles are often opened and released, thereby improving circulation of both.
Contraindication: a condition or factor that increases the risk involved in using a particular treatment, therapy, method or procedure.
Contraindications while using Bowen are few. They include:
- Performing the Coccyx (tailbone) Release on a pregnant woman, as there may be the possibility of triggering premature labor – all other procedures are safe to apply during pregnancy
- Performing the Breast Release on those individuals with breast implants; even though the breast tissue is slightly moved during this procedure to address the underlying tissue and the implant is not touched or contacted during this procedure, students and practitioners are taught that it is best to refrain from performing the Breast Release on individuals with implants
- Performing the TMJ Release on someone who has had surgery for TMJ where bone was shaved or added to realign the bite.
Pain and discomfort is not a part of Bowen and it doesn’t cause pain to try to help relieve it.
The length of a session varies and depends primarily on what your body needs that day and what it can handle that day. When the body has absorbed about as much as it can handle for the session, there is no use in going beyond that point. Generally 45 minutes to a bit over 1 hour is needed. In some cases, sessions as short as 10 minutes is used for a “quick fix” or as long as 90 minutes or more may be needed to properly address what is happening in your body.
The shorter the treatment time, the more specific and direct the Releases are to address a very particular issue to focus all of all the available resources of the body to a specific area or problem. A longer session doesn’t necessarily give better therapeutic results.
In most cases a practitioner will inform you if a shorter session is needed that day.
For most practitioners the treatment is more commonly priced per treatment not for the length of time you are on the table being treated.
EXAMPLE – When you take your automobile in for repair they charge the full hourly shop rate with a minimum charge of one hour in nearly every case. Even though you may just need an alternator replaced, it may take the mechanic only 15 minutes to remove two bolts while
unloosening the belt, unclip one set of wires, remove the alternator, put in the new alternator, re-clip the wires, and tighten the two bolts and a belt. The charge will still be the minimum one-hour shop rate and your vehicle is as good as new again. The bottom line is what needed fixing was fixed and you are off again.
Is it best for me to inform the practitioner that I have to leave by a specific time because of an appointment or commitment?
If you need to leave by a specific time, PLEASE inform the practitioner before the beginning of your session. The practitioner may choose to allow your body to continue in a deep restful state for an extended length of time during the session to enhance the results.
No, of course not. Do what your body is telling you to do. Listen to your body. If you need to eliminate, you need to eliminate.
The answer is no. Removing a belt or loosening the trousers is all that is generally necessary. Some people like to take off all their jewelry, watches, wallets out of pockets etc. and that is acceptable. In cases where people are wearing very tight jeans or a very tight dress, it would be best to remove the tight clothing without removing underclothes to receive the optimal session. In these rare occurrences, a top-draping sheet would be used to cover the person on the table and the Activation would then be performed through the sheet.
How often does one have to return for another session? In other words, do I have to keep coming back over and over for treatment like in chiropractic?6
Most people receive 3-5 sessions spaced 7 days apart. In more difficult cases more visits may be needed. After being re-balanced and restored back to good health, you will come back when your body tells you to. It may be once in three months, six months, one year, or in some cases, we have not treated people for over ten years, then one day they call for a session. I may not see them again for another ten years…to that I say “Great! We’ll take care of you when you need it.”
After a fall, accident, or injury is definitely a very good time to return. The sooner you return the quicker we can help you. In most cases though, it is when tension begins to return, or you start to feel fatigued, or you begin feeling not up to par, or you are feeling like you are getting sick, or your body and/or mind is out-of-balance.
What if I just want to come in for regular maintenance once a month or just for a “tune-up” once every three months?
Great! If that is what your body needs, we definitely know it is much easier, for the both of us, to keep your body strong, healthy and well. Many in medicine (especially those in the ER), law enforcement, fire protection, and other high pressure professionals, blue collar workers and students have found that a Bowen session once every 30-45 days makes them feel great and on top of their game. They come in for a variety of reasons. One has to do with releasing the high levels of pressure, stress or physical labor they experience on the job. The next, it gives them an edge on work and life. Another, it gives them time to let go and get away from the cares of the world, to rest their bodies and minds during a session while listening to calming music, in a relaxing and nurturing healing environment.
Understand, just like an automobile, your body needs regular maintenance to keep it running at peak performance. When you will have to come back for a “full body tune-up” so to speak may depend primarily on how much and how hard you drive yourself.
Most certainly! It is, in our experience and opinion, by far the greatest healing modality in the world that can be used on anyone at anytime.
Yes! Bowen reduces the effects of stress almost immediately. During sessions clients report sensations of calmness and the reversal of shallow breathing, rapid heart rate, and hypersensitivity common to stressed individuals. Using Bowen regularly, when your body needs it, lays the groundwork for a very healthy anti-stress regimen.
Yes! There are a couple of sets of Releases that can very quickly be performed that will make parents, guardians, siblings and friends VERY happy. Just a couple of Activations that work extremely well.
Bowen can be VERY effective in this case and nearly every other case of injury that just happened.
If there are any cuts that need stitching, bleeding that won’t stop, possible fracture, or signs of concussion, take them to the medical clinic or emergency room first.
After they have been taken care of there, stop by on the way home for a mini-treatment for them. It will significantly accelerate the healing process.
Bowen is commonly referred to as “the homeopathy of body therapies” and because of their many similarities and how they work with the body they are a great match and work very well together.
I have been told that I will have to take medication and learn to live with the pain. Is there anything Bowen can do to help me?
Bowen has phenomenal results in many cases where doctors have told them “You will have to take medication for the rest of your life” or “You will have to learn to live with the pain.”
Bowen is successful in well over 80% of these kinds of cases.
Bowen sessions can be performed on someone who has breast implants; however, for the safety of the person with the implants, practitioners are instructed to not perform the Breast Release on this person. Even though the Release is designed to only address the lymphatic tissues that are underneath the breast tissue without coming in contact with the implant itself, we feel it is best to refrain from any potential possibility of contacting the implant – however minute.
Definitely, yes. The sooner the better, to greatly assist in accelerated recovery and rehabilitation.
Definitely, yes. Bowen will help prepare the body for the intensity of the surgery when surgery is needed. It can also assist in reducing complications through relaxing the body so it can focus on healing.
When Bowen is administered after surgery, it goes to work to speed recovery by calming the body and focusing it on repair and healing.
Yes, Bowen can help! There is a big difference between Repetitive Stress that inflames the carpal tunnel region and the actual Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
There have been many cases where people have been scheduled for carpal tunnel surgery. After just a few sessions the person was free from pain. They found that the surgery was not needed because the pain was coming from a different part of the body. In these cases where there is just inflammation caused by something else, the pain was just showing up with carpal tunnel related symptoms in the wrist area and it was not a case of true Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
In people who have the true Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a variety of conditions that are occurring in the body to actually cause the closing of the tunnel, thereby pinching off nerves and other tissues causing a very painful condition. In these cases the surgery is probably necessary. Bowen has been very successful in helping people avoid surgery when it is not necessary. Surgery should be the last resort. Even Chinese and Eastern medicine states, “If surgery can be avoided using another approach, logic and common sense says why not use it.”
I heard one of my friends mention that they felt some discomfort and soreness a day or so after a session. Could you please explain what is happening to them? Will that happen to me when I receive a session?
To this we say, “GREAT, it’s working.”
In cases where a person has had a pain or condition for quite some time the body has a tendency to torque around the pain. In these cases the body has not properly used all the muscles it normally would because of the imbalance and instability that existed. During and for many days after a session the body will begin to realign itself. Muscles that have not been used for sometime will be not as strong as they should be and they commonly lack stamina because they haven’t been properly used for a while. After a session these muscles will immediately be required to work to return the body back to proper balance. This may cause some mild soreness as the muscles begin to get a “workout” to get back into shape. The best and easiest solution for this is to increase water intake and go on a walk – for those who are able to. Increasing water intake and going on a walk will accomplish two things. It will re-hydrate the muscles and increase circulation which quickly decreases the muscular tenderness.
In nearly every case the condition will not return – UNLESS it was and is caused by something you are doing or omitting. If someone is working for a data entry company typing 18,000 units per hour 8 hours a day, for example, the possibility that a neck, shoulder, forearm and/or wrist condition that was released by Bowen sessions may very likely return. The reason for this is that the body was not designed for excessive and extreme constant repetitive motion.
If the muscles aren’t strong and need to be strengthened and you are not exercising, your condition may very well return until you properly strengthen these muscles.
If it is a digestion related issued that Bowen helped with in resolving that is directly connected with proper diet and if you are not eating or digesting food properly…it may return.
After my first session Bowen gave me great relief, but it was just for a few days. Why did my body go back to where it was?
Because your body received relief I say, “GREAT we are on the right track and Bowen will do you well in your case!” Your body is used to being in the pain/spasm cycle and the brain is used to keeping it there. Re-patterning the brain and body through just a few more sessions should do the trick for you. Practitioners see this re-patterning happen all the time.
It is best that Bowen is used alone to give the body time to receive the direct and subtle messages that were given to it and give the body time to respond and make changes. Any therapy that is more aggressive than Bowen has a tendency to negate the long-term structural and energetic affects Bowen has on the body. Mixing any therapy with Bowen is not recommended. Listen to your body.
No, this is not true. Bowen doesn’t cure anything. The body does the curing.
Bowen just sets up the body in such away that the natural healing mechanisms deep within the body are (turned on once again) and turned on to the maximum capacity that the body can use it at the moment. Bowen can lay the groundwork or uncover the foundation upon which true optimal health stands.
For the greatest benefit, it is best to give your body a rest for about a day after receiving a Bowen session to give it time to respond more fully to the session. For highly trained athletes, Bowen can be performed, in a very specific way, with 30-60 minutes before a competitive event to elevate the athlete to peak performance and to greatly assist in injury prevention.
It has been discovered that the benefits of Bowen are without question affected in a negative way if magnets are used after a session. Remember, Bowen works on both physical and energetic levels simultaneously for many days following a session. The magnets, as an outside source, artificially draw blood to an area, as blood has high iron content, and magnets naturally attract iron and therefore can attract more blood to an area than the body actually needs. Magnets are also an outside energy source that artificially stimulates an area thereby affecting its true energy pattern. It is best to trust the body and let it do what it knows best.
Your active participation in the healing process always proves to be the best course.
Yes! Bowen often offers its most dramatic and mind-boggling results in addressing recent injuries. The faster Bowen is applied to an injury, the quicker and more powerful the recovery can be. Bowen applied moments after an injury has occurred helps the body get and stay out of shock and bypass many unnecessary pain and inflammation reactions allowing the body to go directly and focus on healing.
Bowen can give you the best most lasting results when health-robbing habits are stopped and fresh health generating ones are taken on.
The following suggestions help very well, particularly during the course of treatment. (Note: These suggestions do not replace any advice or instructions given you from your medical professional.)
- Walk. Spend as much time walking as you reasonably can. 15 – 30 minutes per day minimum. If you are unable to do this, take two or three short walks. We’re talking about a leisurely stroll here not a race. It should be easy and enjoyable. Take your water with you and drink it! Walking also has many great benefits. It involves no danger of strain or injury.
- Make it a “be kind to yourself” – easy day on the day of your Bowen session. No heavy exercise or lifting on the day of session is definitely best. Because you finally feel better, this definitely is not the time to begin a new rigorous exercise, stretching, or Yoga program. Stretching is very helpful, I must add. You may feel an unfamiliar burst of energy on the day of your session or for many days thereafter. It is crucial that you give your body the time and space that it needs to internalize the session you have received for deeper level repair, nervous system reintegration, and healing.
- Drink lots of water. Drink the purest water you can find. Every body function relies on proper hydration.
- Move around. On the day of treatment it is especially important to move around every thirty minutes or so. Use a timer if you must, to remind you. If you feel like sleeping – By all means, go ahead and sleep! Evidently your body is in need of the rest.
- Avoid temperature extremes. No hot baths, showers, or Jacuzzi’s. No ice packs. No heating pads. Warm showers or baths do well.
Gentle walking activates the lymphatic “pumps” in the body helping it to rid itself of waste and toxins more efficiently. Increased respiration aids in this process too. Ideally, Bowen will release stressors in the body and walking gets them to move out much faster and helps to improve body functions while stimulating your body at a much higher level.
Yes, because anyone can benefit from eating to their metabolic type® as it gives the ideal energy output as it stimulates the correct energy systems in the right way. But due to intense exercise putting the body under a lot of strain you will need a lot of high quality nutrition and will require extra mentoring from us on food choices at different times of the day to stimulate the correct response pre and post training. Mentoring and a full analysis are important as sports nutrition varies from person to person and according to the sport.
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