The Bowen Technique

How the Bowen Technique began

The Bowen Technique was developed in Australia in the 1940s and 50s by Tom Bowen. He believed that the body is able to realign and rebalance with minimal input from others and he devised a way of working to help the body heal itself. It is a subtle and non-intrusive therapy, and usually very fast and effective.

The body is reset using careful ‘moves’ that prompt it to redress physical and hormonal imbalances, assist in healing injuries and produce an integrated body response.

Touch is used in a very different way to other forms of hands-on therapy such as massage, acupressure or energy work.

The treatment

So what happens?

The first session is an opportunity for you to discuss your symptoms and your desired outcome, as well as ask any questions that you may have about the therapy. The length of future treatments can vary tremendously each session, but would rarely be for longer than 50 minutes. Your comfort is paramount and no additional discomfort should be experienced from the work done during the session. No oil is used and the moves are performed directly on the skin, but can often be done through light and loose clothing if preferred.

The technique works by applying a specific type of movement in key areas of the body. The positions of the moves are often places where many muscles, ligaments and tendons etc connect to each other and as one area relaxes and realigns, messages are passed easily to other areas to do the same. The moves have a great impact on the nervous system, which is why such a light and subtle touch can be used, and the effect on the body is so profound and widespread. There will be times during the session when I stop working on the body and may even leave the room briefly to allow the client to relax. This is because the nervous system needs time to process the subtle changes that are being made before more information is given. People often experience a deep feeling of relaxation during these pauses.

What happens after?

Clients often report a feeling of deep relaxation during the treatment and feel refreshed at the end. Many also say that the therapy provides substantial pain relief after the first session.

Self-care advice tailored to your individual needs may be offered in addition to the standard post treatment recommendations.

Who can get a Bowen treatment?

The Bowen technique can be given to all ages, from newborns to the elderly. Many people come in acute pain with recent injuries as well as with longer-term complaints.

The Bowen Technique may be used alongside and complement conventional medicine.

The benefits of the Bowen Technique

Problems the Bowen Technique may be able to alleviate include:

Back and joint pain, both acute and chronic
Skeletal and muscular problems from neck to lumbar
Shoulder pain / Frozen shoulder
Elbow and wrist problems
Knee and ankle sprains
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive Strain Injury
Neck pain and restrictions
Sports injuries
Migraine / Sinusitis / Facial pain
Asthma and other respiratory problems
Hernia and Heartburn
Menstrual problems
Digestive disorders

This list is not exhaustive. Please contact for any specific enquiries you may have.