Fascial Kinetics assists healing
in the whole body by creating
changes in the body’s fascia
or connective tissue.
What is Fascial Kinetics/Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy is a modality of healing established in Australia during the 1960’s by Geelong ‘Osteopath’ Tom Bowen. Bowen Therapy is taught and practiced worldwide. It is a gentle manipulation technique which has few contraindications and is appropriate to use for almost anyone. It can be applied through loose clothing and a session may take between 30mins to 1 hr.
Conditions Fascial Kinetics/Bowen Therapy may help:
- Arthritic symptoms
- Back and/or neck pain
- Respiratory symptoms
- Colic in infants
- Digestive disorders
- Headaches & migraines
- Jaw problems
- Joint injuries and restrictions
- Menstrual irregularities and pain
- Sciatic pain
- Sinus congestion
- Stress & tension
How does Fascial Kinetics/Bowen Therapy work?
Fascial Kinetics literally means ‘moving fascia’. Russell Sturgess, the founder of Fascial Kinetics, developed the theory that Bowen Therapy achieves its profound and long-lasting effects by working with the fascia. Fascia is the superficial and deep connective tissue in the body, which forms one continuous structure and is the medium through which communication between cells occurs.
In a treatment, a series of selectively placed moves are executed to address the fascia lying between the muscles and the skin. Adhesions within the fibres in the fascia are released and the affected area can become more hydrated.
This assists the structures housed within the fascia – nerves, muscles, lymph and blood vessels, and organs – to function more effectively. Improved function in these structures leads to a better level of general health and decreased levels of pain.
As fascia forms a continuous sheath throughout the body, each treatment addresses the whole body, not just the area of injury or pain. Postural misalignments are released and balance is restored.
What can I expect?
The Treatment: A series of moves interspersed with two minute waiting periods that are essential to the treatment. The treatment is very relaxing and falling asleep is quite usual.
Reactions: Feelings of improved energy, better body mechanics and reduced pain are common following a treatment. However, if you are dehydrated, with gluing in the fascia, it is not uncommon for post treatment reactions to include tiredness, shifting musculoskeletal discomfort and headaches. Drinking water before and after your treatment will reduce the intensity of any reactions.
Frequency of treatments: For most conditions, Fascial Kinetics/Bowen Therapy generally requires two to three sessions, spaced up to a week apart. For acute conditions, treatments may be required every few days. Chronic conditions require more treatments, beginning weekly, but spaced further apart as progress is achieved. For general health maintenance, monthly sessions are ideal, but can be more frequent if desired.
Post treatment: Avoid long hot showers or baths 24 hours following your treatment or applying direct heat to your problem area. Avoid strenuous activity, even if you are feeling the best you have for weeks. Sitting for periods longer than 20 minutes is not recommended in the 24 hours post treatment. It is essential that you drink plenty of water to rehydrate compromised muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs. Since Bowen Therapy releases glued fascia, it allows the hydration to move more freely, and therefore, you can feel the need to urinate more frequently for the first 24 hours.