It is best to choose a registered therapist. Carol Whitfield is a full member of Bowen Association Australia and the association only registers members who have adequate training at accredited institutions.
The first step to take when considering Bowen treatment would be to book an initial consultation. This will give the therapist an opportunity to find out about your medical history and what problems you would like to get treated for. This will then enable them to assess your situation and form a personalized treatment plan.
In terms of what to wear, Bowen can be applied to both bare skins and through loose and light clothing. If either you or your therapist has specific requirements, it can be discussed in the initial consultation.
Before you start, your therapist may ask you to drink water due to the technique requiring fully hydrated cells and tissues.
During the session, you will usually lie on a therapy bed or table. The therapist will apply subtle, relaxing rolling moves across particular muscle groups, tendons, and ligaments. A feature of Bowen is that between sets of movements the therapist will leave the room or quietly sit down and allow you to rest. The interval allows the body to make a decision about what action needs to be taken in response to the given moves.
Once treatment is complete you will usually be asked to drink more water before being advised of possible physical and emotional changes you may experience.
Follow-up consultations will include a progress review and possible reassessment if you need further or more advanced treatment.