Bowen Therapy originates from Australia and the technique was developed by Thomas Ambrose Bowen in the 1950's. He recognised that pain and suffering could be alleviated by making very small movements on the body in specific places. Due to the excellent results he had when using the technique, Thomas became extremely busy in his clinic, performing about 13,000 treatments a year. It is believed that Thomas Initially treated greyhounds and horses using the same principles. The European School of Equine Bowen Therapy (ESEBT) has set the standard for Equine Bowen training in the UK for over a decade. Practitioners have been trained to the highest level making them the most respected and professional Equine Bowen Therapists working in the UK and beyond.
What is Equine Bowen Therapy?
Bowen is a gentle, non-intrusive, hands on technique using small roll like movements over muscles, tendons and ligaments. These movements stimulate the body to activate inner healing wherever it needs it. Rest periods will be taken throughout the treatment to enable the body to absorb the information the body is relying to the brain to start the healing process.
Unlike many other forms of bodywork, Bowen is a gentle soft tissue (fascia) therapy that doesn't required any bone cracking or pulling of muscles, it works with the body so has longer lasting results. The treatment is holistic and therefore treats the whole body not one particular area. The body’s connective tissues wraps around every muscle, bone and organ enabling it to work as one collective unit. The fascia needs to be flexible, loose and mobile for the body to move well and if it becomes strained or damaged it will become tight and in-flexible, rather like trying to move in restrictive clothing. As the fascia is so interconnected, if one part of the body is damaged it can affect all areas meaning the site of injury can be far removed from where the pain is occurring. For example if the poll is misaligned it can have an impact on the horse’s pelvis so trying to release the pelvis alone wouldn’t necessarily fix the problem.
What to expect from an Equine Bowen treatment...
Horses are extremely receptive to Bowen therapy and really relax into a treatment. Most horses will take a deep sigh, lick and chew, drop their bottom lip and stretch parts of their body when they feel their muscles relaxing. A treatment lasts around 45 minutes, taking a number of 2 minute breaks to allow the body to process the information and send to the brain. However, do allow at least an hour and a half for the full consultation. A short report will be provided at the end of the session. Two to three treatments at weekly intervals are recommended for long lasting results.
What can Equine Bowen Therapy help?
Here are some of the more visible problems Equine Bowen therapy can help with:-
Uncharacteristic change of temperament or deterioration of performance
Unlevelness, disunited gait or irregular action
Uneven wear of shoes
Muscle atrophy or uneven development
Stiffness on one rein
'Cold back' or sore back
Sluggish lymphatic system or weakened immune system
The internal systems of the horse (circulatory, lymphatics, respiratory, digestive) will also be stimulated to function better which all help to improve the overall wellness of the horse from the inside.....out.
Equine Bowen Therapy does not replace medical or veterinary advice or treatment.
Bowen for the rider..
If you want to achieve longer lasting results whilst riding, why not try Bowen for the rider too! Whilst your horse has achieved greater balance and flexibility through Bowen Therapy, it's also very important the rider maintains optimum physical condition. If the is rider still unbalanced and stiff, over time this will manifest through to the horse creating the need for further treatments.