BOWEN THERAPY works on the theory that your body can heal itself. Bowen uses gentle muscle-releasing techniques to assist the body to switch from ‘flight and fight’ to ‘rest and repair’ mode. In a state of rest and repair, the muscles begin to relax and allow the hard structures (i.e.bones) to realign.
Bowen Therapy was developed in the 1950′s by an Australian, Tom Bowen.
The Bowen Technique is a cross fibre muscle release technique that balances and stimulates energy flows, resulting in a deep sense of overall relaxation. There are regular pauses between the series of gentle moves to give the body the required time to allow it to reset and heal itself.
The work is very subtle and involves no hard or prolonged pressure. A key feature of Canine Bowen Technique is that the treatment is never forced on the dog – in fact provoking the body into a fearful or defensive reaction is very much counter-productive to maximising the effects of the treatment.
One of the major principles of Canine Bowen Technique – indeed any complementary therapy, human or animal – is that it is holistic. In other words, it “treats the body as a whole, without referral to named disease”. So Canine Bowen Technique therapists do not treat the veterinary-diagnosed disease or condition per se, but treat the dog, as they see it, on the day.
For example, although a dog may be brought with a condition such as rear-leg lameness, a Canine Bowen Technique therapist may well treat other parts of the body as well, including the back, neck, and front-legs, in order to address other possible problem areas caused as a result of the dog compensating for the presenting condition. In this case the dog may well have tried to shift its weight forward in order to relieve the pain in the rear-legs, but this, in turn, will affect the carriage of the head and neck, and require the front-legs to carry more load. By addressing these other areas, we are maximising the dog’s attempts to return its body to proper balance.
Heather Baguley , is our very own Canine Bowen Therapist here at Archie’s. She says;
“I have owned five dogs of my own, mostly rescue, some with behavioural problems and challenging issues and have treated friends much loved pets and best friends – some with anxiety issues including separation anxiety, Bells Palsy, arthritis, and muscular or skeletal injuries to mention a few.
My philosophy and approach to Bowen Therapy and working with dogs which I have been practicing since 2011, centres very much around delivering an individualised professional service that focuses on pain management and relaxation in a holistic way. When I work with dogs using the techniques I have developed, my priority is the comfort and well being of each individual dog and my approach to working with them is tailored to how the dog presents on the day and during treatment.
When carrying out work on people I have a simple non-judgmental approach that is accessible and inclusive for the client, enabling them to have power and control over their own healing and improved sense of well-being. I use Bowen Therapy as a tool to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms and support and enable your dog to relax and adjust. “
BOOK YOUR DOG’S BOWEN THERAPY APPOINTMENT WITH HEATHER- 01237 474333
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