Bowen Therapy

What is the Bowen Technique?
The Bowen Technique is unique in the field of bodywork. It's relatively few, gentle "moves" over muscle and other soft tissue address the whole body, stimulating it to reset and heal itself. The healing may occur at all levels as needed: physical, chemical, emotional, mental and energetic.

What is a treatment like?
A Bowen therapy session consists of several series of gentle moves through light-weight clothing (or on skin). In a Bowen therapy clinic, the client usually lies on a bed or bodywork table or, for comfort, in a chair. However, Bowen therapy can be done anywhere, on the sports field, in a hospital room, at the site of an accident, on an airplane or train. A session may last from fifteen minutes to an hour. Most often, a surprisingly few sessions are needed to alleviate complaints, whether structural or functional, even if long-standing. And the results hold for a long time, generally until there is a re-injury.

Treating every body!
Bowen therapy is appropriate for everyone from newborns to the very elderly and frail. Highly trained athletes and pregnant women benefit equally, each according to need. Although there are three circumstances in which a specific series of moves is contraindicated, there are no contraindications for a Bowen therapy session, as other parts of the body and the body as a whole will still benefit.

Treatable Conditions
Each person responds differently to a Bowen Session. Everybody responds according to their own body's ability to heal, and the holistic nature of their condition.

Conditions that have been shown to respond include:

  • Back pain - lower, upper, mid-back
  • Bunions
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Groin tension or pain
  • Hammer toes
  • Hamstring pain or tightness
  • Jaw pain / misalignment
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain, restricted range of motion
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sciatica
  • Sacro-iliac pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Shin splints

    Sporting injuries
  • Sprained ankles
  • Sternal pain, sprung ribs
  • Tennis elbow

Also useful for:

  • ADD / ADHD
  • Colic in infants
  • Gynecological issues (PMS, difficulty conceiving, menopausal symptoms)
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Hiatus hernia, reflux
  • Indigestion, constipation, diarrhea
  • Rehabilitation after stroke
  • Respiratory problems, including asthma
  • Some cardiovascular problems


There are no contraindications that would keep a person from receiving Bowen therapy sessions. Bowen therapy is appropriate and beneficial, from immediately after birth to just before death.

There are however, a few procedures that are contraindicated in specific circumstances:

  • The "Coccyx Procedure" is not done on pregnant women.
  • The "TMJ Procedure" is not done on people whose jaws have been surgically altered at the condyles.
  • The "Breast Tenderness Procedure" is not done on women with breast implants.

How does Bowen Therapy work?
Bowen therapy is neither derived from nor similar to any other hands-on modality. It is generally agreed that it works primarily through the nervous system on both structural and energetic levels. Healing most likely occur through the response of the body's autonomic nervous system to the Bowen moves. Simply stated, Bowen therapy allows the body to reset and heal itself. The work consists of several series of gently rolling, connective tissue moves. There are frequent important pauses between sets of moves, which give the body time to benefit from each set. By selecting appropriate combinations and sequences of moves, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole, and/or to target one or more specific problems. The practitioner discerns stress build-up in muscle groups and utilises Bowen moves to release that stress.

Bowen therapy addresses the body as a whole unit rather than just the presenting symptoms. The physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving Bowen can all respond as needed.

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