The theory has been put forward that the body is a network of transmitters and receivers. They all operate, or attempt to operate, on a specific energy frequency and by making small moves throughout the body, we create a vibrational field that allows all the receptors and transmitters to operate evenly. In effect, where there have been faults, the action is likened to replacing a broken fuse, therefore reconnecting the electrical properties of the body. The concept is, that the action of Bowen, jams a nerve signal that has become faulty, the body, therefore, will re-set the signal to the default (correct) setting.
Bowen also works on the muscle fascia, which is a fine transparent membrane surrounding and interconnecting all body tissue. This membrane covers every organ, blood vessel, muscle, bone and nerve. The fascia should be loose, and mobile. This, in turn, allows unrestricted movement between parts of the body and the free flow of bodily fluids, thus hydrating the fascia, which must be moist to remain flexible. Injury or stress can result in a hardening of the fascia thus restricting the aforementioned free flow. Internal problems in the fascia may result in contracted muscles, which can cause skeletal misalignment. This tightening of the fascia can also restrict lymphatic drainage, leading to a build up of toxins, poor blood supply or trapped nerves. Scientific evidence states that a stretch of the fascia initiates a small electrical charge. Experiments show that passing a low level current of this type over a broken bone will greatly speed repair. Bowen has been seen to accelerate the rate of healing in cases of injury or surgery
In between certain sets of moves, the therapist will leave the body for a short time, in order for activated sensory information to be assimilated into the system. These breaks are as important as the moves. Radical changes may occur in these ‘breaks’ in the treatment. For effective treatment it is essential that there is as little outside interference as possible, so that the feedback mechanism can relate without disturbance. Therefore treatments are carried out in as tranquil and relaxing a setting as possible.
Some startling results have been seen with the Bowen Technique in both human and equine patients. The Therapy can be used simply as a body balance, an ‘MOT’ for yourself or your horse, or can be used to address a wide range of problems.