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Natural Awakenings Rhode Island

Gentle Bowenwork Evokes Healing

by Emily Deneault

Bowenwork is a system of touch that initiates a series of responses through stimulation of the nervous, musculoskeletal, fascial and energetic systems of the human body. In between the gentle moves performed over different areas of the body during a session, the practitioner briefly leaves the room to allow one’s brain to connect to the specific part of the body being worked on. During these pauses, clients can sometimes feel pins and needles, or a pleasing energy, in the hands and legs, and other times can feel heavy with deep relaxation.

As sequences of small stimulations are performed, tension and discomfort disappear as the body relaxes. Sleep often improves, and the aches and pains experienced after exercise can disappear. Many clients express the pleasure of the lasting feeling of clear-headedness, as if the brain has been rebooted. Since each individual recovers, heals and balances in different ways at different times, Bowenwork is effective and appropriate for anyone to receive, including newborns, highly trained athletes, pregnant women and the elderly. It has helped people suffering from tension headaches, lower back pain, pulled muscles and fibromyalgia, to name a few. It can even help calm overexcited or anxious children.

Bowen effects are healing and lasting. The work opens a pathway from the brain to the areas of the body where it can reset memory cells (prioreceptors), helping to reduce chronic inflammation, settle tensions and remind us of our natural state of balance. Bowen helps people return to their original state by simply reminding bodies that they are designed to heal.

Anyone interested in experiencing the effects of Bowenwork can attend a Bowen Community Walk-in Clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., December 17, and 2 to 5 p.m., December 28, at Providence Wholistic Healthcare. Sessions cost $45 for anyone new to Providence Wholistic Healthcare, and $35 for all returning clinic clients and patients of PWH.

Emily Deneault is a medical laboratory technologist, teacher and certified Bowenwork practitioner. She sees clients privately and offers monthly Bowen Community Walk-in Clinics at Providence Wholistic Healthcare with Sheila M. Frodermann, ND. She can be reached at and