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European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT) - Canine Bowen

Canine Bowen Technique (The Bowen Technique for Dogs)

Canine Bowen Technique (CBT) is a soft-tissue remedial therapy involving 'light-touch' moves of fingers or thumbs over muscle, ligament, tendon and/or fascia at specific points of the dog's body. The work is very subtle and involves no hard or prolonged pressure and offers dogs a gentle, non-invasive and effective hands-on technique that aims to promote healing, pain-relief and body/energy rebalancing. It is based on the principles of the Bowen Technique, a successful human therapy named after its developer, Tom Bowen (1916-1982), which was developed in Australia during the 1950's, and brought to the UK in the early 1990's.

Its adaptation in the UK for use on dogs was started in 2001 by Bowen therapists and dog trainers/behaviourists Sally and Ron Askew, who started on their own dogs, and then, with the cooperation and support of their local vets, integrated their findings into their canine behavioural and rehabilitation work with great success. In 2004 they founded the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT) to bring this exciting modality both to the UK and to mainland Europe.

One of the major principles of Canine Bowen Technique - indeed any complementary therapy, human or animal - is that it is holistic. In other words, it “treats the body as a whole, without referral to named disease”. So EGCBT therapists do not treat the veterinary-diagnosed disease or condition per se, but treat the dog, as they see it, on the day.

Therapy is never forced on the dog - this will only serve to make the dog less receptive and will be counter-productive to the outcome.

For more information about EGCBT, Canine Bowen Technique, how to train to become an EGCBT Practitioner, and/or to find a Practitioner in your area, please see ...

www.caninebowentechnique.com

Important Notes

Why use Canine Bowen Technique?

Canine Bowen Technique aims to promote and support the body's own powers of self-healing and as a result may be very useful for dogs with problems in the following areas:

However, EGCBT therapists will not claim to be able to "cure" a problem. Our aim instead is to facilitate the marshalling and channelling of the dog's own resources so that it can determine how to heal itself. In this respect, therefore, Canine Bowen Technique can be almost all-embracing in its coverage.

Although generally regarded as a 'remedial' therapy, Canine Bowen Technique can also be used to good effect as a maintenance and prevention therapy, helping to keep the body in optimum balance. To this end, it may be very beneficial the elderly dog. Also for active, hard-working dogs or dogs used for competitions in obedience, agility, or trialling.

Common conditions which are often presented at Canine Bowen Technique sessions include:

Obviously, veterinary-diagnosed conditions such as joint dysplasia will not be 'cured' by Canine Bowen Technique. Nevertheless Canine Bowen Technique may be very beneficial for dogs with these sorts of conditions, because the rebalancing/optimising effects both locally and elsewhere in its body may help to improve its quality of life.

Training in Canine Bowen Technique

In 2003, following persistent prompting, Sally and Ron designed a professional program of training, with a dog-centred, holistic approach, for people wishing to become properly skilled Canine Bowen Technique therapists. It has been held in the UK since 2004 and in Switzerland since 2006, and in 2013 the first course was held in the Netherlands.

The EGCBT Practitioner course in Canine Bowen Technique is currently the only UK-developed course in Bowen for dogs approved for continuous professional development training by the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) and the Bowen Association (UK) (the two leading associations of professional Bowen therapists in the UK).

The EGCBT course consists of four modules spread out over approximately a year. In between Modules students are required to undertake a total of 20 case studies in order to practice the work of preceding Modules and develop their technique, and use the opportunity to discuss problems with the course tutors. Students are also required to complete four written assignments. The first Module of the Practitioner course may also be used by dog owners who wish to use the procedures in a self-interest manner solely for use on their own dogs, or who wish to try out Canine Bowen Technique before committing to the full Practitioner course; this option provides instruction in the basic level of Canine Bowen Technique.

For more information about EGCBT, Canine Bowen Technique, how to train to become an EGCBT Practitioner, and/or to find a Practitioner in your area, please see ...

www.caninebowentechnique.com

EGCBT is not intended to replace veterinary medical service or advice and permission should be sought from your veterinary surgeon before commencing with a treatment.

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