The Bowen Technique is a gentle therapy that is applied to areas of the body, using thumbs and fingers in a specific process or order.
The move is a rolling-type move of the thumbs and forefingers and is designed to stimulate nerve pathways which allow a ‘conversation’ to take place between different nervous systems of the body. Between each set of moves, the therapist leaves the room to allow the communication process to take place. These breaks increase the effectiveness of each subsequent set of moves.
The move does not slide or flick over the skin’s surface but uses the slack in the overlying skin to move over the underlying tissue, so each move covers a small area, defined by how far an individual’s skin can move over a targeted area.
Bowen is very gentle and suitable for all ages.
One could say that Bette enjoys taking chances: while most people have one or two careers in life, she’s already had five to date — accounting, sales, applied research, volunteer services manager and owner of a Bowen therapy clinic. In 2006, Bette went on a spiritual quest, which led her to a mountaintop in Thailand with 60 other Canadians and a master for two weeks in 2006. “We were all expecting to find out what we would be doing next,” she remembers. “Nothing came, until two months after I returned. I was watching Dr. Marla Shapiro on television and she had a Bowen therapist on as her guest, and I thought, ‘this is what I want to do’.”
Bette opened Bowen Therapy Clinic in Ottawa in 2007 and operated for years, before moving to B.C. Bette is now back in the Ottawa area and is practicing here at Carp Ridge EcoWellness. She has her Advance Certification in Bowen Therapy. Bowen work involves stimulating receptors in the tendons, muscles and ligaments of the body. She helps patients of all ages suffering from chronic back pain, shoulder pain, sciatica and more. She especially enjoys working with young autistic children. “I find it beneficial,” she says. “I originally started working with children and I could see that they benefitted greatly in relaxing.”