With primarily fingers and thumbs, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Monday, 30 April 2012
Bowen Therapy - Asthma Awareness Week
Today kicks off Asthma Awareness Week 2012, and tomorrow is Asthma Awareness Day, a public health event that doesn’t often get the coverage it deserves.
Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways and symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
The disorder has been significantly more prevalent since the 1970s, and in 2010 300 million people were affected worldwide.
An acute asthma exacerbation is commonly referred to as an asthma attack which can be a very scary experience.
Signs which occur during an asthma attack could include the use of accessory muscles of respiration, a paradoxical pulse (a pulse that is weaker during inhalation and stronger during exhalation), and over-inflation of the chest.
A blue color of the skin and nails may occur from lack of oxygen also.
This means that an asthma sufferer’s quality of life can be severely affected by the disease.
The Global Initiative for Asthma claims “These episodes are usually associated with widespread, but variable airflow obstruction within the lung that is often reversible either spontaneously or with treatment...”
…Which is where Bowen comes in.
The Bowen Technique is an alternative therapy renowned for treating asthma.
As Bowen is both very gentle and non-invasive, there is no danger in using it with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
The treatment reduces the level of attack very quickly, and has given very effective results that last.
Bowen triggers the body’s own healing systems i.e. Rather than 'making' the body change, Bowen 'asks' the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires.
What the technique does achieve very often is the release of tightness in the chest which aids both asthmatics and other respiratory sufferers.