The Bowen Technique is a very gentle form of bodywork developed in the 1950s and 60s by the late Tom Bowen. No crunching or clicking….
It is an extremely versatile with many procedures available that can be applied for different situations depending on your needs.
Ultimately the technique helps the body to balance and re-align itself on many levels.
"Sue Woodriffe has the lightest, kindest touch in her hands and an intuitive measure with which she performs Bowen. As I write this, I can hardly believe that there was a time when I shuffled through her doors, hardly able to move with back pain, as her treatment of me has now given me such freedom in movement and put me back in the flow. What a gift she has. Thank you Sue"
In a Bowen session the practitioner applies light moves to specific places on the body. Ideally moves are made directly on the skin while the client lies on a couch (always decorously covered by towels) but the work can be done through light clothing if preferred and if anyone can't get onto a couch then there are ways of working with a person seated.
The light moves over muscles, tendons and nerves also work on the fascia - a band or sheet of connective tissue fibres, primarily collagen, that forms beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and other internal organs, so like drawing a bow over a violin string makes the whole string vibrate a move over the fascia in one place can have effects elsewhere.
The practitioner leaves the room from time to time to allow the body to process the changes taking place. By leaving the room even the primitive reptile part of the brain that is always on the lookout can relax to allow the full benefit.
This morning I am remembering the many sessions of Bowen I have received from Sue for back pain and my sacro-illiac/hip/pelvic girdle pain.... Bowen has always been brilliant for recurrent back issues and Sue's total allowance of my emotional state whatever that was and her ability to witness and hold the vision of my potential has been a potent force along my healing journey.
This winter I contracted a lung infection that went on for 2.5 months. I didnt know that Bowen could also be utilised to unstick lungs....once Sue got hold of me, it took just two sessions of Bowen to free up my congested, contracted chest and lungs.
Wondering what else Bowen with Sue can facilitate?
A gracious bow to you Ms Woodriffe and blessings on your practice, muchos gratitude and appreciation.
I have on-going issue with sciatica. I’d been suffering with it for over two years and had 3 x epidurals in order to help cure the problem with varying results.
I didn’t really expect much to be honest and was skeptical about the results. In the past I’ve had physio and seen an osteopath and there was no respite offered here. I was wrong to think like this about having Bowen as this has been one of the few treatments that brought about a change.
I got excellent help from Sue, she offered me advice on what the problems is and where the problem lies and the treatment that I could expect, it’s all about the Psoas.
I usually recommend 3 sessions for acute conditions (all 5-10 days apart) and more regular visits (every six weeks or so) for chronic conditions or as maintenance
is a specialised form of Bowen that involves working from you head to your feet to encourage your lymph to flow and drain as it should. We have 3 times as much lymph in our bodies as blood. When our lymphatic system is not in tip-top condition you may exhibit symptoms such as :
I went to see Sue with stiffness and pain in the left side of neck, which had resulted from a strained muscle.
At first the neck strain appeared to intensify but after a couple of, deep, sessions the problem did get better, I also had a series of ‘emotional release’s’ which I can only say were an added and expected bonus of the treatment.
Sue instantly made me feel relaxed and talked me through the treatment she would be carrying out, I found the Bowen treatment to be an amazing experience and have since recommended Sue to many of my friends and colleagues.
To reassure you when you make an appointment post Covid-19 lockdown I have taken a course to ensure I am doing all I can to keep you all safe and sound.
My couch and chairs are sanitised before each client. I wear scrubs and mask. For your part please wear light cotton clothing so I can work on your body without you undressing, Please wear a mask and bring a bottle of water. I check your temperature on arrival and will send you a Covid checklist before we meet.
So if you can get to Southsea where I work (easily accessible from Hampshire and West Sussex) for your Bowen Treatment then I'd love to meet you.