Many other therapies inflict the will of the therapist on to the patient. In osteopathy, chiropractic and western medicine for instance, a diagnosis is made and treatment is given accordingly. On the face of it this may seem okay, but Bowen doesn't work like that. The important thing about Bowen is that it allows the body the space to decide what is wrong and how to go about fixing it. Many conditions will respond that the therapist was not even aware of, simply because the body has made the decision to restore lines of communication to that area. A Bowen therapist will understand that the body is capable of healing the cause of the pain and not only the symptom.
Diagnosis therefore is not generally an area that a pure Bowen therapist will enter. Rather he or she will offer the work to the body and allow it to decide what, when and where it will use the treatment. There are obviously certain moves for certain symptoms and conditions but in many cases, a basic balancing of the body is enough to clear many long standing problems without need for specifics.
Bowen's critics will say that much may be missed by choosing not to diagnose in any way and this may be the case. But with the best will in the world, diagnosis is generally a fairly hit and miss affair even by highly trained practitioners. Bowen is not a substitute for medical advice but rather a chance for the patient's body to choose, rather than a set of treatments being thrust upon it.
The speed at which Bowen works is another area that differs from other therapies. Most sport or work related injuries or problems will respond to Bowen within six treatments scheduled a week apart. Even long term conditions can respond very quickly irrespective as to whether other treatments have been used.
Bowen stimulates the nerve endings that regulate muscle tension. As the nerves are stimulated, they signal the muscles to regain normal muscle tension and length allowing the muscle to relax and release Trigger Points. It is necessary to allow the muscles time to respond by waiting several minutes before the next set of Bowen moves are done.
Postural Correction Exercises are principle-based exercises grounded in the fundamentals of physics and biomechanics. Postural realignment is accomplished by applying a progression of properly sequenced exercises that have been systematically oriented toward each client's unique needs. These exercises retrain the neuromuscular system and the biomechanical systems of the body, reminding each muscle of the function it was designed to perform.The goal of the Postural Correction Exercise is to bring you to a state of muscular and internal balance, decreasing tension in the body and at the same time eliminating you pain.