What is the difference between Bowen Therapy and NST

Dr. Michael Nixon-Livy Performing ‘Dynamic Body Balance 2’

Tom Bowen And The Birth Of A Revolutionary Treatment

Bowen Therapy refers to the body of work produced by an Australian named Thomas Ambrose Bowen, or Tom Bowen as he is more commonly called. Despite having no formal medical training (but referring to himself as an osteopath), Bowen initially worked as a masseur and discovered an unusual characteristic — something that can be described as an extreme hypersensitivity of his fingers and hands; this enabled him to feel nerve transmissions and detect blockages in a person’s nervous and muscular systems. In the late 1950s, he discovered and explored unusual relationships between specific health complaints and patterns of muscular dysfunction in his patients.

From years of clinical research, Bowen was able to develop a unique system of myofascial stimulation. This system, which he simply called soft tissue therapy, resulted in the effective and long-term correction to patterns of muscular dysfunction and accompanying health complaints presented by his patients.

Death, rebirth and evolution

There were only six men to whom Bowen taught his technique. After Bowen’s death in 1982, these students produced different interpretations of his work — and Neurostructural Integration Technique became one of the more notable versions.

A more dynamic and effective approach

NST is the choreography of Bowen’s later, more advanced principles. It does not aim to replicate exactly what Bowen was able to do, as his own work continually evolved throughout his practice until his death, and today’s NST practitioners also cause the system to evolve as they learn new things about the human body.

This treatment offers effective relief from back and shoulder pain and also facilitates increased energy levels and better health. A patient experiences deep relaxation from this method of pain relief.

NST Bowen Therapy : 3 Powerful And Effective Neuromuscular Techniques:

1. The philosophy behind Neurostructural Integration Technique is rooted to the work of remarkable chiropractor, Major Bertrand DeJanette, who developed a Sacro-occipital technique.

2. The tool used for extensive validation and testing was Applied Kinesiology.

3. The NST technique itself was derived from the breakthrough work of Tom Bowen.

From the personal clinical experience of specialists who have utilised both Bowen Therapy and NST, the latter has been found to be the more dynamic and effective system. Implementation is much faster and results are distinctively better.

NST also adapted Bowen’s principles into a more teachable system, taught within a theoretical and practical model. An NST course completed by clinical practitioners; it covers the spinal area and extremities.

A comprehensive and farther-reaching solution

According to practitioners who have taken up NST courses, this specific version of Bowen Therapy offers more opportunities for health professionals to address their patients’ concerns. David Howells, a chiropractor, Bowen Therapist and more recently a NST teacher in the UK, stated that clients would consistently prefer the NST approach “as they feel the work seems to go deeper in addressing their problems.”

About The Author:

Ben has been a practical pain management trainer and a celebrated massage therapist. He believes human well-being is deeply connected to the health of mind and body both, including deep tissues. He holds numerous certifications for best of breeds massage techniques helping him on a mission for healthy London and then rest of the world. He has been an active contributor in massage technique research and on Massaggi blog.


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