I'm with Ben and others on this issue. Prostrations are an important part of practice, IMO, and are not to be seen or felt as a demonstration or performance, but as an act of humility and respect. Bowing to the Buddha is to bow to him and his Dhamma, and not to a statue. For lack of a better resource, here's Wiki:
"In the Pali canon, laypersons prostrating before the then-living Buddha is mentioned in several suttas. In Theravada Buddhism, as part of daily practice, one typically prostrates before and after chanting and meditation. On these occasions, one does typically prostrates three times: once to the Buddha, once to the Dhamma, and once to the Sangha. More generally, one can also prostrate before "any sacred object of veneration."
Theravada Buddhists execute a type of prostration that is known as "five-point veneration" (Pali: patitthitapanca) or the "five-limbed prostration" (Pali: pañc'anga-vandana) where the two palms and elbows, two sets of toes and knees, and the forehead are placed on the floor. More specifically:
... In the kneeling position, one's hand in añjali [palms together, fingers flat out and pointed upward] are raised to the forehead and then lowered to the floor so that the whole forearm to the elbow is on the ground, the elbow touching the knee. The hands, palm down, are four to six inches apart with just enough room for the forehead to be brought to the ground between them. Feet are still as for the kneeling position and the knees are about a foot apart....
In Thailand, traditionally, each of the three aforementioned prostrations are accompanied by the following Pali verses:
Araham samma-sambuddho bhagava
Buddham bhagavantam abhivademi.
The Noble One, the fully Enlightened One, the Exalted One,
I bow low before the Exalted Buddha.
Svakkhato bhagavata dhammo
The Exalted One's well-expounded Dhamma
I bow low before the Dhamma.
Supatipanno bhagavato savakasangho
The Exalted One's Sangha of well-practiced disciples
I bow low before the Sangha.
In Theravadin countries such as Sri Lanka, when one goes before one's teacher, in order to "open one's mind up to receive instructions," one bows and recites the phrase, "Okāsa ahaṃ bhante vandāmi" ("I pay homage to you venerable sir")."
(3) Khantipalo (1982). In addition to making this general statement, Khantipalo quotes an example of lay people prostrating before the Buddha from the Kalama Sutta (AN 3.65).
Keep prostrating. It's a humble act. It can be a nice precursor to meditation and/or chanting. If others are affected by your humble prostrations, perhaps they will learn in time how and why prostrations are practiced, and the dust will clear from their eyes. They, then, with the guidance of one of the monks, might commence this practice too.