Yes water can be boring, but it is vital to our well being and also it aids effectiveness of a Bowen Fascial Release treatment.
How much do we drink? Is it enough? For most of us, it is unlikely that we are drinking enough water. Why is it important though?
People can survive without food for weeks or even months, but without water for only a few days. All our organs, including the brain, rely on water to function properly. We simply can’t live without it.
Our bodies are made up of about 65% of it. And 85% of our brain is water.
The body also relies on water to ensure a Bowen treatment is as effective as possible. It’s essential to drink water in the days after a Bowen treatment. And for some, this really means drinking more water.
If we review what happens in our body during and after a Bowen treatment, then it becomes quite logical that keeping up water intake (or often increasing it) is needed. Bowen moves stimulate nerve receptors to move the body to parasympathetic mode, can activate the lymphatic system, and influences the body and muscles along fascia lines.
Bowen helps the body’s nervous system, helping take it from that stressed, fight or flight, sympathetic state to the more relaxed, parasympathetic state. However, if the body remains dehydrated, even a little dehydrated (even only 1/2 a litre a day less than the body needs), then the cortisol levels can stay high and the body will be stressed – no matter what signals the Bowen treatment gives the body.
Drinking already good levels of water, or (for many) increasing water intake to what the body needs, will help keep the body toward that parasympathetic state that helps reduce pain and helps the body heal. Not drinking enough water introduces stress straight back to the body.
When bodies become dehydrated or stressed, the body prioritises where water will go so that essential organs will remain hydrated. Connective tissue (fascia) will be one of the first to dehydrate.
Fascia has often been described as like a sponge. When it wet and hydrated, it’s springy and resiliant, it’s strong and able to stretch, and allows key body parts to easily slide as you move.
Like a sponge, when it is dehydrated, it can become hard. When trauma occurs, water can be pushed out of the fascia, resulting in fascia losing it’s pliability, becoming tight and restricted, and becoming a source of tension to the rest of the body – leaving you feeling stiff, achy and tired. This trauma that impacts fascia can be sudden physical trauma (like a fall, injury or surgery), or happen over time such as habitual poor posture.
A key thing to remember when we’re talking about hydration is that “drinks” are not considered water. When we talk about drinking water, we really do mean just water. Tea and coffee contain water, but are not water, acting as diuretics and dehydrating the body even more. The same for alcohol. And the sugar content of soft drinks (often with added caffeine) make these another unhealthy choice. See more…