Autonomic Nervous System Rebalancing:
There are two parts to the nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system is the described as the fight or flight part. On the opposite side is the autonomic nervous system. In contrast, it is described as the rest, relax and heal part.
Why is this important? Because Bowenwork helps the body shift from the stress oriented sympathetic control to parasympathetic dominance. As a result, muscular tension decreases and nerve hypersensitivity is reduced. Blood flow is increased bringing oxygen to starved tissue, and lymph flow is improved thus reducing inflammation and stimulating the immune response.
Joint Proprioception and Muscle Stretch Reflex
Some of the Bowenwork moves are done near a joint which affects the ligaments and joint capsule. These areas are richly innervated with proprioceptors (stuctures that sense body position). Muscle spindle cells sense the degree of muscular tension.
Why is this important? Because Bowenwork influences these highly sensitive pathways to interrupt the pain-muscle spasm cycle, inviting normalization of the muscle resting length and joint function.
Fascial networks are sheets of connective tissue that connects everything in the body. Fascia plays an essential role in coordinated muscular movement, flexibility, postural alignment, and overall structural and functional integrity.
Why is this important? Bowenwork helps to free the relationship between the fascia and the nerve, muscle, or tendon being addressed. Consequently, it is common after a Bowenwork session to feel adhesions loosen, scar tissue soften, and posture and mobility improve without harsh mobilization, or stretching.
Segmental Viscerosomatic Spinal Reflex:
Many of the Bowenwork moves are performed along the spine over the erector spinae muscles (the thick muscles running the length of the spine).
Why is this important? Because these moves influence the spinal nerve roots that produce referred reactions into the internal organs, often leading to improvement in digestion, circulation, elimination, and sleep.
Lastly, Bowenwork helps to activate the drainage of the lymphatic system, decreasing swelling or edema and stimulation of the immune system.