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Attributes of a Good Bowen Therapist

First of all, the level of training of therapists can differ. The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia has the following education program:

◦ 7 modules and accreditation exam (128 hours)
◦ PTC (Professional Therapeutic Course) Module (16 hours)
◦ Advanced Module and exam (32 hours)
◦ Master Module and exam (32 hours)

Then, there is a continuing education program that every practitioner must follow to maintain their status as a Bowen Therapist. Every two years, the therapist will participate in at least 32 hours of courses approved by the Bowtech Academy in Australia. These hours can include reviews organized by the Bowen Association in the respective country, attendance at previously taken courses for consolidating information, and there are also many workshops with specific themes that help therapists specialize in certain types of conditions.

The office is clean, welcoming, and inspires calm and relaxation.

Before the first session, your personal file will be created; you will be asked about your health problems, any aggravating factors (lifestyle, work, stress), medical history, if you have had Bowen sessions before, or if you have followed other treatments, etc. This information will help the therapist design a personalized treatment plan.

Bowen therapists do not diagnose (except for those who are doctors) but take into account the diagnosis given by the patient’s doctor. If you have not been consulted by a doctor, your therapist may suggest a medical consultation.

Bowen therapists cannot indicate the number of sessions a patient will need because each person is unique and responds to treatment in their way. The patient’s progress will be reevaluated before each session.

Before the first session, the therapist will explain what the Bowen technique is, how it works, and the necessity of pauses between movement sequences.

Treatment rooms are individual, or the spaces for each patient are delineated. Treatment beds must be placed at least 3 meters apart. No incense sticks or scented candles, volatile oils, relaxation or ambient music are used.

The therapist will ensure the patient is comfortably seated, either lying on the bed or sitting in a chair. Pillows and rolls can be used for a more comfortable position and blankets for covering.

Bowen moves are very gentle and should not cause pain. If you perceive the applied pressure as too strong, tell the therapist, and they will adjust the pressure according to your sensitivity level.

In the Bowen technique, there are pauses of a few minutes between specific movement sequences. These pauses are necessary for the patient’s body to integrate and process the messages transmitted by the Bowen moves. During the pauses, the therapist will leave the treatment room, leaving the patient alone, calm, and relaxed.

In the Bowen technique, the quality of movements is important, not the quantity! The therapist will choose the treatment plan for each patient, with the first session possibly consisting of just two movements, depending on individual needs. A Bowen treatment session generally lasts between 30-60 minutes, but there are situations when they can last shorter or longer.

The Bowen technique cannot be combined with other manual or energetic treatment methods. The Bowen therapist will only apply Bowen procedures in a treatment session.

The therapist will help the patient get up from the bed and give them the necessary instructions for the following period, scheduling the next session if necessary. The interval between treatment sessions is 7 days, but there are situations when this interval can be extended to 2 or even 3 weeks.

The Bowen therapist will encourage the patient to call if they have any questions. The body works for at least 5 days after a Bowen treatment session. The patient should not receive other manual or energetic treatments four days before the Bowen session and five days after.

For the Bowen technique to have results, the patient does not need to change their lifestyle. However, some recommendations will help the body in the self-healing process: drinking water, daily walks, moderate physical exercise.

Children will be treated with one of the parents present in the treatment room, and babies can be held by one of the parents for the duration of the session.