There are many theories but with our lack of real understanding of the brain, we cannot be certain. Much comes from our own understanding of therapies, bodies and energy. What is certain however is that it does work. It is important that the client must be patient and allow the technique to work rather than trying to force the issue with their own set of principles or learned responses.
Fascia – sheets of connective tissue join everything in the body, muscles, bones, internal organs and the central nervous system. All play a major role in muscle coordination, flexibility, postural alignment and general structural and functional integrity. Bowen moves release the relationship between the fascia and the nerve, muscle or tendon being addressed.
The Lymphatic system – The Bowen Technique stimulates the lymphatic circulation and drainage.
The Autonomic Nervous System – controls over 80% of the bodies functions (cardiac, respiratory, reproductive, peripheral circulation, gastro intestinal, endocrine) It is very sensitive to stress and emotional tensions. For the body to repair it needs to shift from sympathetic (fight or flight mode) to parasympathetic mode which decreases heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate and promotes digestion. Bowen facilitates these positive shifts.
Stretch Reflex – Most Bowen moves are made at the origin, insertion or belly of the muscle where the Golgi and Spindle nerve receptors are located. These receptors send messages to the nervous system as to the state of tension, length or stretch in the muscles and tendons, the rolling action of the Bowen move effects stimulation of these parts.
Joint Proprioreceptors – All the Bowen moves made around a joint directly affect the joint and ligaments and richly stimulate with proprioreceptors (the nerves that sense the position of the body)
Spinal Reflexes – Several of the Bowen moves are made along the spine over the erector spinae muscles which lie either side of the spinal column running from the base of the pelvis to almost the top of the spine. These moves produce referred reactions within other areas of the body, often addressing conditions not originally presented as a problem, such as improved circulation, digestion and sleep pattern.