- The Original BOWEN Technique is not massage, as rubbing or even prolonged touching around a recently performed BOWEN move may interfere with its effectiveness. The moves are no deeper than the fasciae of superficially accessible muscles and only gentle pressure is needed.
- Some of the areas of BOWEN focus will coincide with acupuncture points as the latter are so numerous, but BOWEN is not acupuncture.
- BOWEN is not chiropractic as there is NO adjustment of bony structure. Most therapists and many patients observe vertebral movement, but this is evidence of the body re-aligning itself.
- Directional energy work may be intrusive and may focus excessively on accomplishing the desired result, which may or may not coincide with the patient’s needs. In contrast, BOWEN therapists are encouraged to focus only on doing a precise movement accurately and then physically leave the room.
- Physiotherapy addresses the patient with a variety of exercises and therapists that target specific problems. It is believed that it is the techniques that produce the results. In contrast, BOWEN is a series of moves that are believed to stimulate the body to solve its own problems.
- Some BOWEN points are unavoidably similar to trigger point therapy, but most trigger points are found in the centre of muscle whereas BOWEN moves are done largely where there are two muscles or muscle groups overlap.
- With each BOWEN move the fascia is rocked and minutely disturbed; it is not forcefully separated. After a series of BOWEN sessions, adhesions may loosen and scar tissue may soften as BOWEN stimulates the natural healing process.
- While BOWEN does stimulate lymphatic releases, it is not lymphatic massage. Sinuses may drain during the session and breast lumps have been reported to reduce within 2 weeks. BOWEN does not, however, use vigorous stroking or lymphatic massage.
- The intent of a BOWEN session is not to effect emotional releases, but many report that the most striking result of the work is a lightening of their spirits and subtle but pervasive refocussing of troublesome emotional patterns. Many therapists consciously focus on this interface between the physical and the emotional, trying to touch on what is hidden behind a protective wall of hypertensive musculature. In comparison, BOWEN confirms that the best access is gained by the least threatening approach.