“…neurocardiologists have found that 60 to 65% of the cells of the heart are actually neural cells, not muscle cells as was previously believed. They are identical to the neural cells in the brain, operating through the same connecting links called ganglia, with the same axonal anddendritic connections that take place in the brain, as well as through the very same kinds of neurotransmitters found in the brain.Quite literally, in other words, there is a “brain” in the heart, whose ganglia are linked to every major organ in the body, to the entire muscle spindle system that uniquely enables humans to express their emotions. About half of the heart’s neural cells are involved in translating information sent to it from all over the body so that it can keep the body working as one harmonious whole. And the other half make up a very large, unmediated neural connection with the emotional brain in our head and carry on a twenty-four-hour-a-day dialogue between the heart and the brain that we are not even aware of”
Bowen Therapy directly impacts the central nervous system to lower blood pressure and levels of adrenaline. This can’t help but impact on the health of the heart itself.
Scar tissue and fascial release seem to respond in a way that indicates that these tissues are holding places for memories, or a type of brain-in-the-body.
Receiving a healthy experience of touch within the context of a therapeutic relationship can induce a sense of safety and trust that may be new to clients with a history of abuse or neglect. This can literally build new connections within the brain without speaking any words.
Some practitioners will also have counselling or coaching skills to be able to support their clients with further processing and goal setting as they set things in motion for a new way of living and connecting both physically and emotionally.
Bowen offers a respectful, collaborative and affirmative touch that ‘you are here and you matter’ and the neurological repatterning that takes place within a treatment session can be used as a springboard to deepening emotional healing.
Bowen helps people feel calm and comfy with regular treatments, and as a Mama bump grows having regular treatment means she is way less likely to end up in significant pain, BUT she wouldn’t have the ‘satisfaction’ of the sense of healing any pre-existing pain (which is actually very important to many people to make it feel worthwhile having paid for something).
I met one mum with severe SPD who had backache prior to pregnancy, and throughout most of her gestation, and only called at the very end when she felt it was justified to pay the money. To my mind that’s not loving herself enough to prioritise her experience in her body more than how she feels in her car/ home decor/ clothing etc and is totally each person’s prerogative to make, but on reflection WHY do we do that to ourselves!?! Problems always tend to intensify and once we hurt a LOT it’s obviously much more work to unwind our physical and emotional story to get to a place of peace and vitality.
Bowen won’t likely help with fatigue other than reducing pain levels (and coping with pain can be utterly exhausting), and improving her overall sense of vitality – but nutritional changes and homeopathy alongside may lift the Mama energetically yes.
It can help with headaches, migraines, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, round ligament pain, sciatica, SPD/PGP, sacral pain, carpal tunnel syndrome – any muscular or neurological pain really! and sometimes even nausea and vomiting as we correct vertebral alignment and tensions throughout the skull, impacting on the vagus nerve and vestibular system (all about balance).
Pelvic alignment makes varicose veins less likely as blood flow will be optimised rather than getting an increasing congestion in that area, and the extremities that dangle off the pelvis will have improved blood and lymph flow (this is also why Bowen can help to clear fibroids and cysts <3 ).