What is Bowen?


Understanding Bowen


The Bowen Technique / Therapy is an extremely effective bodywork which enables the body to begin healing itself.


How can Bowen help me?
Bowen treats the body as a whole, dealing with the cause not just the symptoms.
The Bowen Technique is a gentle holistic bodywork which enables the nervous system to restore the correct tension of muscles and connective tissue which reduces pain, promotes healing and increases mobility and function of the whole body. It can help with lymphatic drainage, the recovery of sports injuries and as a prevention to injury, neck/shoulder restrictions, back pain, TMJ issues, chronic/acute pain, migraine, improving gait and even colic/reflux in infants and much more. It is effective from birth to the elderly. The whole body is connected, one system cannot act or heal alone.


  •      Sports Injury / Prevention
  •      Back pain / Sciatica
  •      Stress and tension symptoms
  •      Fatigue / Depression
  •      Concussion
  •      Fibromyalgia
  •      Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S.)
  •      Tennis / Golfers elbow and Repetitive Strain Injury 
  •      Infant Colic / Reflux
  •      Arthritis
  •      Acute and chronic fatigue
  •      Inflammatory conditions
  •      Respiratory conditions / Asthma
  •      Hay fever
  •      Knee / Ankle problems
  •      Post surgery
  •      Neck / shoulder problems 
  •      Migraines / headaches
And much more...

You don’t need to have a problem to enjoy and benefit from Bowen Therapy. Regular Bowen treatments with positive lifestyle choices may help maintain a healthy body and your well-being.


How does the Bowen Technique work?

The Bowen Technique (Bowen Therapy) is an extremely effective bodywork which resets the body to begin healing itself.
The therapist uses the unique Bowen ‘move’ with thumbs and fingers, applying gentle pressure and rolling over tendons, ligaments muscles and connective tissue on precise areas of the body.
The ‘move’ is made on skin or over light clothing. There are frequent but very essential pauses where the therapist leaves the room, so that the body absorbs, interprets and responds to the moves being performed and start the healing process. The practitioner will observe and feel how the body tissue is reacting to the moves and incorporate this into the treatment. The practitioner will treat the body as a whole but can also target a specific area of concern.

“The Bowen ‘move’ changes and addresses the tensional relationships of connective tissue”.      Julian Baker, Principal, European College of Bowen Studies

The body’s fascia is tightly bound like a spring, under a huge amount of tension. Therefore only a gentle pressure is needed for its energy to be released. Because fascia is in continuity with every structure in the body anything which affects the fascia will have an effect on the body as a whole and can promote the body to heal itself. Healing seems to occur by affecting the body's autonomic nervous system, which creates homeostasis at the cellular level.
As a complementary treatment, Bowen can be used to enhance the benefits of other modalities. We find Homeopathy to be especially beneficial when used in conjunction with Bowen. However the effects of the Bowen are seen up to a week following your session and it is advised that no other manipulative or therapies are used during this week which can undermine the effectiveness of the continuing Bowen work, e.g. massage,chiropractics and physiotherapy. Waiting a week before commencing additional body treatment is therefore recommended. However this does not include any form of drug therapy, nutritional therapy or exercise programme.

(The Bowen Technique is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or advice)

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