Is Bowen suitable for children?
Most certainly. Many children require few treatments, even for deep-rooted and chronic conditions such as eczema or asthma. Infantile colic is relieved very simply and in the case of asthma, the parent can be shown a single Bowen move as a first aid treatment to arrest an on-coming attack, although in this case medical help should always be sought immediately.
Babies and very young children are often treated in their parents’ arms or on the lap, and I treat the occasion as a fun time. The breaks between groups of moves are not necessary for young children, there is nothing alarming, no pain, discomfort or separation from the parent.
It should be noted that in the UK it is a statutory requirement that a parent or guardian seek conventional medical advice for any child’s ailment.
As Bowen is extremely gentle it is ideal for babies. When treating them and small children we utilise specific procedures known as “Baby Bowen”. Generally when treating babies and young children “less is more”, so a session will be between 5 and 10 minutes.
I have used Baby Bowen successfully in my practice for a variety of symptoms / difficulties some of these include; birth trauma, feeding difficulties, digestive problems such as colic and sleeping problems. I find that babies and youngsters respond much quicker than adults to treatment and often significant improvement is seen after a couple of sessions.
Bowen can also be used safely at all stages of pregnancy and is beneficial for treating side effects of pregnancy such as back pain / problems, digestive problems / discomfort and is also useful in preparing the body for labour. Furthermore the technique can be used with infertility and to balance hormones.