The Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST – also known as the Bowen Technique) is one of the world’s leading techniques in structural and spinal therapy for lasting pain removal and rejuvenation.
NST is a remarkably effective professional bodywork technique, that when applied, initiates a process of natural auto-regulation to occur in the spinal column and consequently throughout the whole body.
NST is a remarkably effective professional bodywork technique, which initiates a process of natural auto-regulation in the spinal column and consequently throughout the whole body. The effect of this is a rapid elimination or reduction of symptoms, followed by an increase in energy and an unmistakable sense of wellbeing.
The response to NST is most often profoundly effective and sometimes miraculous.
NST is essentially a soft tissue osteopathic-style therapy, designed to remove pain, physiological dysfunction and even psychological imbalances, by restoring the structural integrity of the body. Its application is suitable and safe for all ages, from newborns to the elderly.
As its main aim is to reintegrate the body-mind complex as a whole, it is often called contextual healing, consequently regarding illnesses as symptoms of imbalance. For this reason there are no contraindications, rendering the technique useful for a wide range of conditions from acute pain to chronic conditions.
Not every condition will respond in the same way. Advanced degenerative conditions often require a multifaceted approach, of which the NST may form an exceedingly significant part. A treatment comprises the application of sequences of specialized ‘moves’ to the body, carried out in a very specific and systematic manner. Characteristically, skilful soft tissue manipulation is applied to the lower and upper back, abdomen, neck, arms and legs. There is no forceful manipulation, rather a cross-fibre manoeuvring of muscle, tendon, ligament or nerve, using varying pressure and incorporating resting periods to allow the body to respond.
Treatment can be done either through clothing or directly on the skin. Throughout the session the recipient experiences deep relaxation, essentially providing the body with a ‘window of opportunity’ to reorganize itself comprehensively via the natural activation of various neural reflexes and important regulatory systems. Substantial relief is frequently attained after the first session, while longterm resolution, is typically attained after the second or third session. A session generally lasts 25-45 minutes, but can be as short as five minutes in certain circumstances.
Conditions which frequently respond well to NST:
- Spinal conditions
- Cranial conditions
- Headaches including migraines
- Neck conditions including whiplash
- Back conditions: pelvic, lumbar, thoracic
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand conditions
- Leg, knee, ankle and foot conditions
- All visceral conditions
- Asthma and other respiratory conditions
- Arthritis and joint conditions
- Menstrual, fertility and menopausal conditions
- Accident injuries
- Sporting injuries
- Acute and chronic fatigue
- Stress conditions and emotional depression