Bowenwork can offer help to those who suffer from asthma and other respiratory disorders, and is effective on both adults and children. The treatment is very gentle and non-invasive, and does not have to be long-term. Many people experience a lasting dramatic improvement after only a few sessions. Bowen aims to relieve tightness in the chest, and also decrease the frequency of the attacks.
Nikke Ariff did research between 2003 and 2004 to test the efficacy of Bowen in treating asthma. This research, carried out during a twelve-month period, included a majority of participants who had had asthma for over 5 years, and most over 15 years. The results were positive. Eighty-three percent of participants reported a reduction in the frequency of asthma attacks with 75% reporting less reliance on medication than before the beginning of treatments.
Of 24 volunteers who completed the program, 22 reported that secondary health concerns had also improved, including back, neck and shoulder pain; knee and joint problems; headaches and migraines; hay fever; irritable bowel syndrome and digestion; circulation; insomnia; anxiety, stress, depression and energy level improvement.
Whatever the level of asthma, or similar respiratory problems, Bowen often seems to reduce the level of attack very quickly, and effectively. A number of case studies forming part of a study over several years have begun to illustrate how very successful the technique is proving to be.
As Bowen is both very gentle and non-invasive, there is no danger in using it with asthma and other respiratory conditions. The many cases treated have shown often to produce results very quickly which last. Treatment usually does not need to be continuous, and often just a very few sessions will change the situation for the sufferer. As with any allergy, the avoidance of contact with the allergen is an essential part of the treatment. However, what Bowen therapy does seem to achieve very often is the release of tightness in the chest which aids both asthmatics and other respiratory sufferers.
The study being undertaken by Alastair Rattray, a very experienced Bowen Therapist, and Teacher with the European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS) is showing that it makes no difference as to whether the person is under a regime of medication, or not. The results are proving, so far, to be usually exactly the same. The attacks often lessen until they no longer seem to be a problem. There are many cases recorded at all ages.
“She performed a few light manipulations to various areas of my body. She then stepped away and told me to relax. After a few minutes on my own a transformation occurred; I was able to breathe deeply and fully. I was amazed by the transformation I had experienced.” Kathy, Beaverton