Canine Bowen Technique Association
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During this latest lockdown period, our Practitioners in England are allowed to continue working should they choose to do so. However, only with EXISTING clients and only if CBT sessions are considered ESSENTIAL for the welfare of the dog.
Practitioners in Scotland may be following different guidelines.
In all cases, STRINGENT safety precautions will be taken and RISK ASSESSMENTS considered.
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The Canine Bowen Technique Association was formed at the end of 2017 by a small group of Canine Bowen Technique Practitioners who had been trained by and accredited with the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT). The founders of EGCBT (Sally and Ron Askew) retired in December 2017 and have given their permission and support for the CBTA to continue their pioneering work with dogs.
Canine Bowen Technique (CBT) is a form of soft-tissue body-work 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. This gentle, non-invasive hands-on technique aims to promote healing, pain-relief and body/energy rebalancing.
To listen to and work in partnership with the dog
To create a relationship of trust to maximise the effect of the technique
Never to force the Technique on the dog against its wishes
- To use
an holistic approach when working with the dog
To work collaboratively with the vet in the best interest of the dog
To recognise that dogs are a separate species and have their own needs and requirements
Canine Bowen Technique
Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute for proper veterinary care, and should be used in conjunction with orthodox veterinary treatment. CBTA members will only work on veterinary referral or with veterinary consent. Please contact your practitioner for the appropriate referral / consent form.
CBTA practitioners do not diagnose (we leave that to the experts in the veterinary profession who have the proper training and qualifications to do so).
Under no circumstances will CBTA practitioners prescribe medication or alter any medication already prescribed for the dog.
There is no hard manipulation, no pulling or cracking of joints, no insertion of needles, no massaging with oils.
About Canine Bowen Technique
What happens in a Canine Bowen Technique session?
Using fingers and thumbs on precise points on the dog’s body, a CBTA practitioner applies gentle rolling movements over soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, fascia, and skin). The moves are done slowly and with very gentle pressure so as to just disturb the underlying tissue and create a focus for the brain to work on.
A typical consultation will last up to about an hour. This allows time for the practitioner to get to know more about you and your dog, and your dog to get accustomed to and relaxed with the practitioner. The actual hands-on part of the session will usually last no more than about 20 minutes. Over the following 3-4 days the dog may experience reactions as its body continues to assimilate the effects of the Canine Bowen Technique moves and realigns/rebalances itself. On average, noticeable change can be obtained in two to three sessions.
During the session, there are short breaks - determined either by the dog or by the practitioner. These allow the dog to absorb the information given by the gentle moves and allow fine adjustments to take place within its body. We believe dogs are much more in tune with their bodies than humans, and generally know for themselves when to “take a break”, and when to come back for more. Often, after just a few moves, they will wander off and just stare blankly into space, or go somewhere for a short lie-down.
Canine Bowen Technique is never forced on the dog - this will only serve to make the dog less receptive and will be counter-productive to the outcome. So an important part of Canine Bowen Technique is recognising and respecting when the dog indicates it has received what it needs.
At the start of a Canine Bowen Technique session, there will need to be time to allow the dog to accept and trust the practitioner. For very nervous dogs, most of the time on a first Canine Bowen Technique session may well be spent solely on developing this relationship and very little Bowen work may be done. However, after getting accustomed to Canine Bowen Technique, most dogs will want it more and more, and many will come over and position themselves to indicate where they’d like the work doing.