In addition to the rebalancing of the autonomic nervous system, Bowenwork® moves and procedures may reset the body to heal itself by activating the nervous and endocrine systems, among others, through the following mechanisms:
Stretch reflex: Most moves are done where receptors are located. These receptors are stimulated which changes the stimulus received by the nervous system. This can change a pain/muscle spasm loop.
Joint proprioceptors: The joint capsule and ligaments are richly innervated with proprioceptors. Stimulus will be received by the nervous system, inviting normalization of the joint function.
Fascia: Fascia play a major role in muscle coordination, postural alignment and overall structural and functional integrity. It is not uncommon to see adhesions loosen up, scar tissue soften, and posture and mobility improve.
Segmental viscerosomatic spinal reflexes: Moves produce referred reactions to the internal organs through stimulation of the skin, muscles and nerves.
Acupuncture points and meridians: Most moves overlap at least one acupuncture point. The overlap of these systems can explain the very strong vibrational component of the technique and its effect on the internal organs.
Harmonic vibration or resonance: Bowenwork® moves set up vibrational patterns which bring the body back into balance and harmony.
Lymphatics: Activates draining of the lymphatic system, stimulating the immune system.
Detoxification: This is initiated during a Bowen session, thereby improving the body's ability to function at a cellular level.