I believe in the idea that there are 2 kinds of power, Internal and external. What I refer to as internal or true power is defined by Webster's as;" power ability to act or produce an effect, have influence over others". Or the ability to inspire, encourage, and lift others up. In martial arts Internal power is Yielding, Power coming from within, finesse, relaxed, accepting what is and indirect.
What I refer to as external or false power is defined by Webster's as; command-"implies the power to make arbitrary decisions and compel obedience, to exercise a dominating influence over". Or to produce fear, use physical force or intimidation. In martial arts external power is tense, direct, struggling, destroying your opponent.
This is like the difference between Bowenwork and traditional bodywork such as deep tissue massage and chiropractic. In traditional bodywork the therapist uses physical power to force the client's body into releasing its tension. By putting excessive physical force on the client's body the therapist can cause the body to guard and become tense. In severe cases causing bruising and more injury to the client. Eventually causing the clients body to rebel against what was done to it. That is why clients can feel good for a day or two after a session then the pain comes back.
In Bowenwork the practitioner is simply encouraging the clients body. The simple and gentle rolling motions over the nerve ending remind it how to relax by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system to release tension but more importantly giving the clients body the ability to choose how and when it wants to heal. The pauses after each set of Bowen moves give the body time to make the best choice for itself on how to heal. That is why most Bowen clients feel better several hours to several days after a session.
Giving the body the ability to choose for itself how and when it will heal allows the body to have a more complete healing process and the lack of force on the body prevents the body from rebelling against the therapy being used. This is how Bowenwork can completely resolve many issues in just a few sessions, allowing the body the choice to stay in a healthy pain free pattern.
By Sean Wolf Bowen practitioner, CMT, PFT
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Author:Sean Wolf Bowen practitioner, CMT, PFT
Biography: Sean has been a massage therapist
for eight years. He is trained in Trigger
Point therapy, Myofascial release,
Active Isolated Stretching, Sports
massage, positional release and
most recently Bowen technique. He
primarily uses Bowen technique
because his clients have seen the
greatest results from this amazing
form of bodywork.
Sean is also a Certified Personal
Trainer (NASM), Egoscue Postural
Alignment Specialist and a Martial Arts
Sean's goal is to help people achieve
a better quality of life by decreasing
pain and showing them how to gain
better functional mobility.
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