No – a Bowen session does not use oils, lotions or creams. We also try to keep the whole experience as fragrance-free as possible.
As a member of APNN (a national association of naturopathic consultants) I am able to offer insurance options for those who have those services as part of their package. Although unlikely, you may need a doctor’s referral as you would for any chiropractic, massage, or physiotherapy treatment. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
Bowen is usually performed through (light) clothing. I request that my clients wear loose fitting clothing – preferably t-shirt and shorts, but lightweight blouses/shirts and slacks are acceptable and won’t impede the effectiveness of a treatment. Your comfort is important at all times and a light sheet can be used to ensure that you are comfortable with the whole process.
The effects of a Bowen treatment seem to continue to be incorporated into the body over a 5 – 7 day period. Because of that we recommend a week between treatments if possible. When first having treatment a range of 5 -10 days seems to work well. Treatment times are extended if the condition requires a longer period of intervention with some people coming in every month or two for a “tune-up” if they need it. Once again we try to let the body direct the optimum times for treatment.
Typically, most clients find relief in 3 – 5 sessions. That said, the number of sessions is very much determined by:
What the problem is?
How acute (severe) the problem is?
How complex the problem is?
How long you have had the problem?
Will your lifestyle continue to contribute to the problem?
Have you multiple problems – if so how many?
The decision on the number of treatments is governed by results. If you are seeing real and measurable results and improvements we would recommend that you continue treatment. If you are seeing absolutely no positive results after the second session, I would seek to find other alternatives with you, rather than proceed with another session.
Most people feel a deep state of relaxation during the Bowen session. There is a general sense of calm with many people falling asleep during the process. This is due to the gentle and non-invasive nature of the moves. However, while it is an extremely gentle therapy, it is also a very effective method for helping the body reset itself towards a self-healing state that relieves pain and other symptoms.
Since Bowen gets to the core of the body’s self-healing clients will generally feel positive, energized and upbeat, with a reduction of pain and presenting symptoms. In some instances the ‘correcting process’ brings with it some discomforting feelings and emotions, such as: lethargy and fatigue; difficulty sleeping; shifting body sensations and emotional fluctuations. In some (rare) instances a short term worsening of symptoms has been known to occur. This is known as a ‘healing crisis’ and while very rare, is typically short in duration.
Typically during a Bowen session there are a number of short (two minute) pauses, where the therapist will leave the room. These pauses are critical to allow the body to adjust to the previous procedures. While the moves are very gentle they are also very powerful and the pauses ensure that the body’s senses are not overloaded with too much information at one time.
A typical session will last between 30 – 60 minutes, depending on the individual and specific requirements. Our approach to any session is not time-driven, but identifying and applying the most appropriate Bowen “moves” and optimizing the amount of work done, so as not to overload the client. The first session will be longer given the initial discussions surrounding the client’s health and purpose for the visit.
Bowen has been taught and applied around the world by thousands of practitioners, for many years. It has been used on expectant mothers, before and during labor, newborn babies and young children, on up through all age groups to the very elderly. We are not aware of any reference to Bowen causing harm to those it has been used on. (Please note that some procedures are contra-indicated for pregnant women and are not used).
Regular sessions are $55.00 + $8.25 HST = $63.25. Our Ultrasound Body Fat percentage and Basal Metabolic Rate assessment is $35.00 + $5.25 HST = $40.25.
While we use the Cold Laser primarily for pain control, there are a number of other uses for the laser. It can be used to treat skin conditions and help resolve aging issues like wrinkles. It can also be used as a protocol for helping with non-smoking concerns and weight management issues.
Cold Laser treatments are done with the laser touching the skin. As a result, any type of looser clothing is preferred.
Most people feel very little during the actual treatment process. There may be a slight sensation of heat or a gentle tingling feeling i the area being treated. For many people there is some symptomatic relief from the treatment that increases with additional treatments done. Also, because Cold Laser treatments stimulate the immune system a person can feel a more general state of well-being as a result of the treatments.
Depending on the condition – type and severity – a typical treatment will last from just a couple of minutes up to twenty minutes. We schedule all our Cold Laser treatment at 30 minute intervals to ensure that the person is not rushed. We will also incorporate our Cold Laser work as part of the Bowen Therapy session.
No. A small percentage of patients report a slight tingling during treatment however, this is a sign of their nerves being stimulated. Also, if a person is particularly sensitive to light they may experience a slight rash which will quickly subside. Other than that, Cold Laser therapy is safe, fast, non-invasive and painless.
The number of visits required depends on the patient, the extent or severity of their conditions and their state of overall health and well being. Typically, acute injuries will require 4 to 5 visits while chronic injuries may take 10 – 18. We do find that with the combination of therapies we use results are usually seen faster than with a single therapy.
When do patients notice improvements?
Each patient will have a different time frame in which to achieve symptomatic relief. 75% to 80% of patients will notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment with improvements with subsequent treatments.
As a naturopathic consultant I recommend supplements that are specific for reducing inflammation, often a source of pain. Some of these are carried in the clinic for convenience since they may not be available locally. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything from our clinic as part of any treatment process. I simply recommend and allow you to make the purchasing decision. Further, any products are kept in a separate room away from the treatment area.