After Your Visit

As with any exercise or bodywork style, you will see the best results when you follow these basic guidelines for home care after the treatments.

  • Drink WATER – Make sure to increase your water consumption.  It really helps most people to complete the metabolic changes that the treatment stimulates.
  • WALK – Immediately after a session try to keep moving; get up and take a few steps every half hour or so.  If you are driving a distance, stop and get out and walk around your car.  Walking will help the body to realign.  If possible avoid hard physical work or exercise for the next 5 to 7 days, as this can be counterproductive to the treatment.  If you currently follow an exercise regime, pull back to about 50 to 75% of your normal routine.
  • WATCH/WAIT – Many people notice immediate improvement.  Others notice gradual changes occurring over several days or even longer.  Watch your body with curiosity.  See what is shifting.  Sometimes, the results are obvious, sometimes more subtle changes are required first.  Usually, it is best to wait at least 5 days before your next Bowen session.
  • It is best to avoid intense physical or emotional stressors while you are healing from any situation.  Give your body a few days after a treatment to integrate the changes before you run a marathon, for example.
  • It is also best to avoid super hot baths or icy cold packs.  Try to allow this treatment to work on its own.  If you have concerns, please contact the office and we will address them with you.
  • Please wait to have any other forms of body work for 5 days after treatment as it may interfere with your body’s ability to process the Bowenwork.  Bowen does complement other therapies such as osteopathy, massage, physiotherapy and acupuncture; however, avoid having another treatment of a different therapy for at least 5 days afterwards.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications adds another variable.  Try to refrain from taking medications, unless they have been prescribed on an ongoing basis by your primary care provider (PCP).  Consult your PCP before making any changes to your prescription medications.
  • Additionally, your practitioner may give you homework exercises.  Follow the directions for at least 5 days.  Many clients report astonishing results from performing these simple homework assignments.
  • Bowen can be a powerful form of healing which may occasionally provoke a strong response (muscles aches, fatigue, cold-like symptoms) in some people which is sometimes referred to as a “healing crisis.”  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic at 503-747-4696.

Home Work Exercises

Shoulder Exercise

Begin these exercises the morning after treatment.

Exercise 1

  • Make circles with your better arm first. Make 6 circles forward, then 6 circles backward.  This should be within your comfort range; make the circles small enough that they do not hurt.
  • Repeat with other arm.

Exercise 2 (Only do exercise 2 if you can easily raise your arm to horizontal.)

  • With your elbow locked straight, press your hand against a wall at shoulder height and lean a bit of body weight into the wall.
  • Without bending the arm or releasing any pressure, turn your body with little “baby steps.” Turn your chest gradually toward the arm until tension in the shoulder joint stops you.  No pain.  No forcing.
  • Immediately begin shuffling around the other way, turning your chest out into the room, again only until mild shoulder tension stops you.
  • Repeat 6 times with each arm.

Pelvic Exercise

Begin this exercise the morning after treatment.

  • This should be done before rising out of bed in the morning. (If you have back problems, this may be easier with both knees bent and feet flat on the bed before beginning.)
  • Slowly drag the heel of your better leg on the bed up toward your buttocks.
  • Raise and straighten this leg as high as comfortable up in the air.
  • Slowly lower this straightened leg to the bed, using your muscles to set it down gently.
  • Repeat for a total of 6 times.
  • Repeat entire exercise with the opposite leg.

Hamstring Stretch

Begin this exercise the morning after treatment.

  • Begin with the better leg (stand on the tighter leg), holding onto something for balance.
  • Starting position is standing on one leg and touching the toe of the opposite foot just behind where its heel would be.
  • Swing the leg, with knee straight, loosely like a pendulum, forward and up as far as it comfortably goes. Then let it swing back to starting position.  No competition, no straining.
  • Now raise your knee toward your waist, as when marching, as high as it will comfortably go. Then let it back down again to starting position.
  • Repeat this whole sequence 8-10 times without strain or pain.
  • Repeat whole sequence with the other leg.