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Bowen treatment for digestive health

In this article, I share with you some information concerning how I work with digestive problems mainly using The Bowen Technique and how these can often be resolved quickly and easily. I will also give some general advice on what you can do to help yourself.

Diet & Lifestyle

The health of your gut is critical to your overall health. The delicate balance of your digestive system is vital to feeling healthy and well, this also has a very direct link to the way we feel psychologically and emotionally. The digestive system in holistic terms is often referred to as the second brain. Our gut contains twice as much serotonin as our brain, it is clear, that a balanced digestive system is vital. Both diet and lifestyle are important factors in establishing and maintaining good digestive health. Getting enough hydration is also vitally important, as is taking regular exercise that works for your body type. Another very important factor here concerns minimising stress and inflammation as much as possible. Taking steps to reduce the stress you experience in your life will serve to help your health on so many levels including helping your digestion and absorption.

You are what you absorb

Forget about being – you are what you eat, in reality, you are what you can absorb. It might be that you are eating very healthily and doing everything right most of the time, but still, your digestive problems persist. This could be to do with absorption and the way your body works as per your own unique physiology. Some people for example simply cannot digest certain foods. Some people may be able to digest certain foods with the aid of a specific digestive enzyme. We are all very unique in terms of our body biochemistry. As I hinted at above, digestive health can also be linked to stress and/or emotional problems

The Bowen Technique for digestive health

We have many procedures within the Bowen Technique that can address digestive health, all of these procedures aim to get the body working correctly once more. The Bowen moves literally communicate with the brain via the nervous system that is being activated whilst we are working on the muscles, tendons and ligaments when addressing specific areas of the body.

Respiratory / Digestive procedure;

This is generally my go-to procedure to help the body to start working at its optimum in terms of digestive and respiratory health at a physiological level. The procedure also helps the body relax and re-balance and people often report improvements with emotional and stress related problems including depression, anxiety and panic attacks. Stress and emotional issues can often be the root cause of both digestive and respiratory related symptoms. I have found Bowen to be invaluable when treating an individual’s digestive problems from a physiological perspective and also in addressing stress or emotional imbalance that might be causing other physical problems. The procedure can also often kick-start sluggish digestion, and metabolism significantly.

I have just completed my second postgraduate training course with the Bowen Technique and contained in this course are many new procedures that can be used to address the body from top to toe. I describe below some of the procedures I now have in my tool kit that can be used to address the digestive system;

Oesophagus procedure;

This procedure is particularly useful when a person has difficulty swallowing and or constriction in the Oesophagus. If heartburn is a problem then this procedure can be used to address that. We might also use this procedure when a person presents with problems associated with their voice. It is useful for singers and can help restore health to the vocal chords. The procedure may also address tightness in the diaphragm.

Navel procedure;

This procedure is well indicated when there are general digestive problems present along with lowered vitality. It is often also used when emotional symptoms are present such as anxiety, depression, grief and has been used with PTSD.

Abdominal procedure;

This procedure can be used with hernia problems, general griping pain in the abdomen and is useful for tight rectus adominous muscles.

Colon procedure;

This procedure is well indicated to be used when colon problems such as Colitis, Crohns and IBS are presented. We would also use this when an individual is struggling with constipation or sluggish elimination.

Gall bladder procedure;

We have several procedures and protocol that can work with Gall Bladder issues. The issues indicated for use include; swollen or uncomfortable Gall bladder. Pain around the right rib cage and or under the right scapula. Bloating, flatulence and burping. Dizziness and in some extreme cases blurred vision.

We also have a protocol which addresses the Ileocaecal valve, which is vitally important for the proper functioning of the digestive system.

In practice, I use the digestive procedures a lot and I have found that a multitude of symptoms and issues seem to respond well to this work, as follows;

  • Gastro-intestinal symptoms
  • Abdominal discomfort i.e. colic, hiatus hernia and indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Heart burn
  • Nausea
  • Malabsorption issues
  • Liver, pancreatic or gallbladder problems
  • Diaphragm problems and tightness
  • Stress, shock, anxiety, grief


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