Are you jumping off the table thinking everything’s great ? all done ? let’s get on with what I was doing before ?
Or perhaps you were wondering what did I just pay for ? I don’t feel anything !
The magic of Bowen is not just what happens on the table, it’s what happens in your body in the days after the treatment.
“bowen is not designed to make you instantly feel better, it is designed to make you instantly heal better”
It’s key to be aware that after your Bowen treatment, your muscles and fascia are going to continue to react. Some people feel lots of reaction during the treatment, so are quite conscious of things changed in their body as they leave. However, I find that many who don’t feel much during the treatment, sometimes feel their bodies reacting much more later that day or evening… or the next day… a few days later… or, for some, nearly a week later !
Treat your body well for a few days to ensure the results are as good as they can be !
The last few blogs have gone into some detail about the “3 W’s” of self care after a Bowen treatment. This gives a quick summary of those, and a few other things that help…
Don’t be a couch potato !
Is just lying around on the sofa going to help ? or going back to being stuck in a chair, tied to the desk ? NO !
Try not to sit for more than about 30 minutes, especially on the day of treatment (that timer on the phone is a great idea !). Get out of that chair, even if only for a few seconds. Stand up for a moment, walk around just a little, have a stretch. Don’t let your body seize up !
Of course, with every “rule” there is an “exception”… and, in this case that is:
A lot of clients feel tired after their session, and often sleep like a log that evening (while many succumb to an afternoon nanna-nap).
Sleep and tiredness is the body’s way of saying STOP ! When you’re sleeping, the body doesn’t have to take orders from your mind to keep you moving and doing things, so has time to do it’s own repairs. So, being extra tired after your treatment, or sleeping much more soundly, is your body’s way of switching you off so it can get on with doing it’s repair work – and your Bowen Therapist has re-energised your body into wanting to do more of those repairs.
I have a number of clients who know that the morning after treatment is when they’re going to feel the real difference.
Keeping the body moving in the days following Bowen helps… take a walk, a little brisk, moving and breathing… but, skip the contact sports, bootcamp or too vigorous activity for a little while…
Ensure you’re drinking plenty of water and you’re not dehydrated. In fact, many feel their body craving more water in the days after Bowen treatment.
Your body’s nervous system needs the water, the lymphatic system, and your muscles and fascia need more water to help… and to help your body heal, the body needs water more than ever !
I try to describe to clients that their body has just been given messages to go and act on, and the body will be busy responding for a few days. However, if the body is given new messages, then it will forget the original message and follow the new orders.
What what kind of “new messages” will the body respond to ? If you use extremes of hot or cold, then muscles and fascia are being given messages to relax (hot) or contract (cold), instead of continuing the Bowen message. These include ice packs, or too-hot baths, hot water bottles on an area, or too-hot electric blankets.
Also, massaging a body part that is aching is giving the body a new message to respond to, rather than finishing working through the messages the Bowen session gave.
Sometimes, some people feel a little stiff or achy after a Bowen treatment – some feel it in the evening after treatment, some the next day, and (only very occasionally) some for a few days. I see this more often after a client’s first visit, especially if they have many postural issues – and it’s sometimes surprisingly very little treatment that can trigger aches.
The aches aren’t something to be too concerned about – the body is clearly adjusting and changing. It’s important not to massage any aching areas, perhaps take a light painkiller or natural remedy. And, definitely drink more water ! It’s likely the muscles and fascia trying to “untighten” and ensuring that you’re hydrated will help ! However, if the aches are of concern, contact your Bowen therapist to discuss what you’re feeling.
Remember… “bowen is not designed to make you instantly feel better, it is designed to make you instantly heal better”… and most of the healing happens AFTER you’ve left your Bowen Therapist… so a little self-care will ensure you get the most from your treatment !