I received a Bowen Therapy treatment recently and a weighted blanket was placed over me.
After I got over the initial weird feeling that the blanket was firmly settled on my body (rather than that light touch of a regular blanket) I gradually noticed that the deeper pressure all over my body was quite reassuring, quite calming. I was more aware of a sense of relaxation, of letting go a little more deeply – of stress and anxiety that had riddled my body. Being in a deeper state of peace and relaxation, my body was then better able to process the healing messages that Bowen Therapy was communicating with it. I left that session feeling more relaxed, more mobile, and inspired to buy a weighted blanket to share the possible benefits with all of you!
Weighted Blankets work on the principle of Deep Touch Pressure – which stimulate the release of neurotransmitters our bodies produce that make us feel more relaxed. Weighted items have been used for many years by Occupational Therapists for children with autism and sensory integration challenges as a means of assisting children with self-regulation of arousal levels (I see this every day in my non-Bowen Therapy work, with paediatric OTs). But with the significant increase in the experience of stress and anxiety in the world today, people are starting to apply this theory to adults suffering anxiety and sleep disruptions since the principle would be the same (e.g., stress = increased arousal response in the body no matter what your age!)
You know that feeling when you’re stressed/upset, and you go to the best hugger for that comforting big firm reassuring hug and your body just seems to breathe a sigh of relief and something just melts away?? Deep touch pressure works a bit like that. For me, this weighted blanket placed even pressure on my body, providing me with that feeling of security and reassurance that created a sense of calm promoting a deeper state of relaxation. Anecdotally, the research tends to agree with my own experience but also leans towards potential benefits for insomniacs and just overall improved sleep.
Bowen Therapy on its own can be fantastic in addressing the effects of stress and anxiety on the body. Now, a weighted blanket is available to add another level of relaxation to your stress management experience!
Just ask to try the weighted blanket during your next appointment with me!
Take care. See you soon!
The Natural Health and Wellness Clinic
12 Eramosa Road East, Somerville