The Bowen Technique

Balance the body’s systems and structures with this gentle,
soft tissue remedial therapy

About Bowen

Bowen is a gentle hands-on remedial therapy. It does not involve sustained pressure or forceful movements. It is considered safe to use on everyone regardless of age or state of health. It is equally effective for new-born babies or the elderly, for those seeking to improve sporting performance or the frail and critically ill, as well as benefiting everyone in between.

Its effects can often resolve problems in fewer treatments than other forms of therapy. Two or three treatments may be all that are needed to help the body out of the cycle of pain or discomfort.

As a holistic therapy Bowen treats the whole person rather than focusing only on the presenting condition. It helps rebalance both the body’s structure and its systems. For this reason it is not unusual for people attending a treatment with a particular problem to find that another also responds positively.

Bowen therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions including:

History

The technique was developed in Australia in the 1950s by Tom Bowen. Through his love of sport he became interested in the body and treatment of injuries and health problems. Tom had an intuitive ability to discern imbalances in the body and to understand what treatment was required. He believed in the body’s ability to adjust and heal itself. The Bowen Technique was brought to England in 1993. It has since flourished and spread world-wide with osteopaths, sports therapists and physiotherapists among the many practitioners who use this therapy.

About The Therapist

I qualified with the European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS)(now known as College of Bowen Studies). I am a member of the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) (BTPA). I am committed to ongoing training and development to increase my knowledge and skills in the use of the Bowen Technique and regularly attend regional interest groups, workshops and courses including:

The Treatment

A Bowen treatment normally lasts between 45 minutes to 1 hour. The first visit may take a little longer as it includes a consultation where health and lifestyle details are discussed. This information is treated in the strictest confidence.

The treatment takes place with the client lying on a comfortable therapy couch, although it is possible to be treated whilst seated if this is more appropriate. Bowen moves can be applied directly to skin with the client wearing underwear and covered by towels. If preferred light clothing may be worn during treatments, provided the fabric is not thick, tight or slippery.

The therapist makes a series of rolling movements with fingers or thumbs at key structural points of the body working over muscles, tendons and ligaments. These moves work on the relationship between muscle, fascia (connective tissue) and the nervous system, stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Click here to see a short video clip on how Bowen works.

During the treatment there are times when the therapist leaves the room for a few minutes and allows the client to rest. This gives the body the opportunity to respond to the moves, triggering adjustments that release tension, reduce pain and begin to rebalance the body. Clients will often remark that during the rest breaks they notice sensations such as tingling or warmth in a particular area. These are not unpleasant and are an indication that the Bowen moves are having an effect.

Most people find a Bowen treatment a relaxing and pleasant experience.

Treatment Plan

It is usual to be asked to book three treatments at the outset spaced between 5 and 10 days apart. This gives the opportunity to assess how the body is responding and what further work is required. It is often after the second or third treatment that significant and lasting improvement is experienced.

For some people the problem will resolve with fewer sessions and treatments no longer required can of course be cancelled. If the condition is long-standing or complex, additional treatments may be required. Every person is an individual, as is their response to Bowen, and an assessment of the most appropriate course of action will be discussed as the treatments progress.

Periodic maintenance treatments can be beneficial for people with ongoing conditions or those wishing to maintain general good health and wellbeing.

The Bowen Technique is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.