CANINE BOWEN THERAPY
'Bowen Therapy' is an Australian complimentary health modality that is sweeping the world and gaining enormous respect from numerous health care professionals! Tom Bowen (1916 -1982) began developing this technique in the 1950's in Geelong, Australia. His main interest lay in alleviating human suffering, and through his experiments, he began noticing that certain moves on the body had particular effects.
Despite its growing popularity, people still ask "what is Bowen Therapy?" In a nutshell, Bowen is a soft tissue technique whereby the therapist applies a transverse move (two directional) across the fibres of muscles, ligaments and tendons whilst having a marked influence on the connective tissue (otherwise known as fascia). The technique also influences known trigger points (pain points) and acupuncture points.
"So, is Bowen a massage technique?"
Bowen is not a massage, and there are several factors which differentiate the two modalities. First off, Massage Therapists work primarily along the muscle fibres, following their length. Bowen Therapists always work across the fibers, following the breadth. Secondly, Massage Therapists have a repeated action, generally up and down the fibres or in a circular motion. On the other hand, Bowen Therapists do a single transverse (two directional) move at a specific location and then leave the area alone.
While massage is a therapeutic technique with its stimulatory action, Bowen modality is found to have a deeper and more profound action that influences all the noticeable body systems with lasting results.
Bowen Therapy stimulates the soft tissue, loosens and separates the fibres, increases hydration and metabolic function to all soft tissue (which is greatly assisted by increased circulatory and lymphatic flow), stimulates neural pathways, and works closely with the meridian and acupuncture systems. When you know where to put your hands and where to apply the moves, the subtle energy systems come alive and work synergistically with the physical system of the body.
To the observer, it will be obvious that there are several styles of Bowen Therapy now being applied and taught in Australia and overseas. These all link back to the original concept but have branched out from that point in different directions and ways. Bowen can be applied softly or with equal effect, quite firmly. The speed and depth of application is often dictated by the sensitivities the animal is exhibiting and as it will be the Therapist's desire to work with the animal at all times, they may adjust the pressure to accommodate the need.
Bowen Therapy can address a wide range of muscular – skeletal problems and, although we do not physically adjust the skeleton with manipulative movements, this therapy relaxes the soft tissue that anchors and surrounds the skeletal framework and permits self adjustment to occur. Nerves that stem from the spinal cord and may have become entrapped between the bony structures and contracted soft tissue, may return to its normal functions with the release of pressure.
Not only does Bowen address the physical body, but it can also greatly influence the mental and emotional states of the animal. Just by reducing or eliminating the pain response, we can alter the performance and range of motion; in addition to this, it can alter the perceptions and behaviour of the animal. People frequently comment on how different their animals become in temperament in the aftermath of this therapy.
Being the only practicing Canine Bowen therapist in India, I can speak of my skills with confidence; the results of rejuvenation in animals have been more than gratifying for me personally.
Vets and pet parents endorse the reach of Bowen
Dr Bhavna Kalra , a practising vet at Niti bagh clinic in Gurgaon, says, "in allopathy, we may have limitations and may not be able to repair the damage done completely. In terminal illness, allopathy can hardly serve to improve the quality of life in pets. In such cases, Bowen therapy has been found to be useful and is therefore recommended by people who have experienced its benefits."
Testimonial by a client Upasna Sahney
"My eight year old retriever started to feel pain in his hind legs. I just couldn't watch him limping in pain. Then I heard about Nisha and read up about Canine Bowen Therapy. The fact that Nisha is the only practicing therapist in the country seemed to be a sign for us. It's been six months since she has been patiently working on every inch of Tobbler's body and I can only say, I was in disbelief that I could take him off painkillers. My dog has changed his stance; I almost believe that the degeneration in his hind legs is slowly reversing. Nisha's healing hands are God gifted. I hope she can heal every animal in pain, because I truly believe she's blessed with the power of healing."