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Animal Bowen Therapy

Animal Bowen, also known as Touch Balancing, is a gentle hands on/hands off therapy used for physical and mental rehabilitation of animals. It is a modification of the Bowen Technique developed by Tom Bowen of Australia and adapted for animals by Carol Bennett.

When tissue is damaged, chemical substances like histamines and lactic acid are released into the muscle cells causing abnormal contraction, tension and spasms. This damage can occur from exertion or injury. The quicker it is released, the better. The result of not releasing the unnatural muscle tension is restricted movement, which can cause a pulling or tightening of the joint attached to the muscle. This holding of a limb, neck or back in a compensating posture causes the weight to be distributed unevenly, creating new stresses on the bones and joints. Touch Balancing/Bowen, through its limited, non-traumatic approach basically reminds the nervous system what the original "tissue memory" was — relaxed, elastic, toned and responsive.

What does this technique accomplish?

  1. Releases tight or painful muscles resulting from injury or compensation.
  2. Promotes structural rebalancing.
  3. Helps relieve pain in acute injuries and in chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia.
  4. Reduces physical and emotional symptoms of tension and stress.
  5. Rebalances the autonomic nervous system from "fight or flight" (sympathetic dominance) to "rest, digest and heal" (parasympathetic dominance) and thus supports healing.
  6. Calms nervous or fearful animals, including thunderstorm-phobic dogs; horses, dogs and cats from backgrounds of abuse or trauma; and highly stressed animals in competition, allowing them to focus on their work.
  7. Is not massage, myofascial release, chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupressure, Reiki or neuromuscular "re-education," but assists in correction of skeletal alignment and soft tissue and neuromuscular function.
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