Becoming a new parent is an indescribable experience – but learning to meet your baby’s needs can be challenging. Not knowing why your baby is distressed is difficult for any new parent.
If you’re struggling with a fussy baby that never seems to settle, Bowen Therapy is a holistic and gentle approach that quickly improves physical discomfort. And it’s safe to administer to newborns!
How does Bowen therapy work for babies?
A version of Bowen therapy for babies, called Baby Bowen, is used on little ones to balance the nervous system and encourage self-healing. It’s ideal for dealing with digestive symptoms, fussiness, and issues arising from a traumatic birth. Sequences of light rolling movements on the tummy and back release tension, improve circulation and detoxification, and rebalance the nervous system.
Babies and young children love the therapy due to its gentle nature. As they return to a state of balance, resulting in better latching, regular bowel movements, better sleep, and a happier mood.
When is Bowen used for babies?
Birth can be physically traumatic for mom and baby, especially if things don’t go as planned. Baby Bowen helps with post-birth recovery by realigning the body. It may also relieve colic by releasing tension in the diaphragm and digestive system.
Other symptoms that Baby Bowen may help with include:
- Trapped wind
- Disrupted sleep
- Problems breastfeeding
- Teething pain
- Breathing problems
It’s also a preventative healthcare therapy to keep your baby healthy, happy, and thriving.
How does a Bowen session work for babies?
A Baby Bowen session begins with the therapist taking a birth and symptom history from the parent or guardian. The baby’s movement is assessed visually and by gently moving their limbs, which helps guide the course of treatment.
The therapist will apply light rolling or “strumming” movements to points on the baby’s abdomen, limbs, and back. It’s super gentle and done while your baby lies on a bed or your lap. The process is slow, and there are several short breaks after each set of movements to allow their body to adapt and move into a healing state. The baby is clothed and covered with a blanket during the session.
Baby Bowen is a calming experience, and it’s common for a baby to sleep through the session!
How many Baby Bowen appointments are needed, and how long is a session?
Babies and children are more resilient than adults, so they need fewer sessions to see results. It’s common to see major improvements in just 1-3 sessions, spaced a week apart. However, every baby is different, and some may require several sessions followed by monthly maintenance sessions.
A Baby Bowen session usually lasts 15-20 minutes.
Baby Bowen is a subtle therapy – but its effects can be profound! If you have a colicky baby, seeking Bowen therapy as soon as possible can be a game-changer.
You can find a qualified Baby Bowen therapist in your area by searching through our Treatwiser Directory
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