Baby Bowen is a series of extremely gentle yet highly effective moves that are made on your baby’s back and front. Baby Bowen is Bowen Technique for babies.
Origins of The Bowen Technique
Named after its innovator Tom Bowen, who developed this technique in the 1950s and 1960s, and, who by 1975, was treating some 13,000 patients a year.
What is the Bowen Technique?
Simply stated, the Bowen Technique resets the body to heal itself. It consists of a series of gentle moves, usually with just the thumb and finger, across muscles or tendons in a very gentle rolling motion. Most of the work can be performed through light clothing; however, it is easier to work directly on skin.
Bowen is ideal for infants as it is extremely gentle yet highly effective. Because it is so effective yet so simple to learn, Baby Bowen is fast becoming the therapy of choice for many mothers.
The Bowen moves are made on specific parts of the body, such as across muscle on either side of the spine, that triggers the body’s natural responses to heal itself. It is non-invasive, and is so gentle that it is hard to believe anything is happening. It is NOT massage or manipulation.
Bowen therapy is extremely effective at rebalancing the nervous system in babies and can make a huge difference to babies suffering from birth trauma, tense muscles as well as immature digestive systems. The result is a calm, happy baby that sleeps better.
How does it work?
Bowen works by unlocking the body’s ability to heal itself, which may be hampered due to recent injury (birth trauma) or an imbalance in the nervous system.
The Bowen move calls for a response mechanism by the body. The moves aren’t painful and so the defense mechanism isn’t called for. The body is stimulated to look for an appropriate response. In the process of looking, signals are sent out by the nervous system to all areas of the body. These signals cause an increase in blood flow to different areas of the body and an overall resetting of the body to correct any imbalances. This is like pressing the reboot button on your computer!
Baby Bowen addresses all the problems and potential causes of colic or discomfort in babies. It is extremely effective at realigning the spine, in the case of spinal trauma, relieving muscle tension and trapped nerves as well as aiding the baby’s digestive systems.
Baby Bowen acts to rebalance the nervous system in infants. In short, most unsettled babies have an overactive fight or flight response (sympathetic nervous system) that keeps them in a state of constant tension and anxiety. By rebalancing both the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the nervous system they will feel the immediate effects of calmness and serenity. They will also experience deeper and longer sleep. A life saver for any tired parent!
By working directly on muscle tissue and rebalancing the nervous system Bowen reduces tissue contraction and relaxes tissue muscle. This is very useful when treating umbilical shock. The baby is seen to calm down immediately and the effects of umbilical shock are permanently reversed.
Apart from rebalancing the nervous system, Bowen works directly on the muscles to release any tension. Baby Bowen is very effective at releasing any tension in the diaphragm which is arguably the major contributing factor in colic and is often the most tense. Bowen is extremely effective at relaxing the diaphragm-preventing reflux, hiccups and aiding in the breathing and digestive process. Many times during a treatment the baby passes wind or fills their nappy without any effort.
Here are some of the effects commonly exhibited by infants during treatment:
- bowel movements (rumbling tummy)
- passing wind
- falling asleep
- and most importantly – stops crying
The extreme gentleness of Bowen combined with its effectiveness makes it a very powerful tool for treating babies, relieving their discomfort and maintaining their health.
Are there any adverse side effects?
There are no adverse side effects with Bowen.
What can it treat?
Baby Bowen can be used to treat ALL causes of discomfort in a baby. Here are just a couple of the most common ones:
- Wind & Gas
- Respiratory infections (flus & colds)
- Wry Neck/Stiff Neck
- Muscle strain/injury
Not only does Baby Bowen ease discomfort but your baby will also sleep better and for longer. Digestion is improved which promotes your babies growth and well being.
Learn Baby Bowen and make your baby a happy, healthy Bowen Baby!
Read some testimonials from parents who have tried Baby Bowen.