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Bowen Technique & Therapy, frequently asked questions

How does Bowen work?

A Bowen therapist uses thumbs and fingers on precise points on the body to make rolling-type moves which aim to disturb the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body.  The moves are very small and gentle and many clients are surprised at how effective the treatment is, with many falling asleep during the session.  At certain points during the treatment, the therapist will leave the room for short periods of time in order to allow the body to absorb and respond to the changes being asked of it. By initiating a deep sense of relaxation, the body is therefore encouraged to heal itself.

        It is important to point out that Bowen is NOT a form of massage.

What can Bowen treat?

The Bowen Technique has been used successfully in the treatment of many ailments and conditions including:

  • back pain and sciatica
  • sports injuries
  • skeletal and muscular problems
  • frozen shoulder
  • RSI
  • tennis elbow
  • allergies and hayfever
  • respiratory problems (including asthma)
  • digestive problems
  • migraine and headaches
  • fibromyalgia
  • back pain during pregnancy

Bowen can also help to improve rehabilitation time following injury and it has also been known to help sufferers of multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy.  Stress management, fatigue and sleep problems can also be helped by a Bowen treatment.

Who can it treat?

Bowen can be safely and effectively practiced on people of all ages, from newborn babies and pregnant women (especially when experiencing back and pelvic pain during pregnancy) to geriatrics and everyone else in between.

What does a treatment involve?

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Since Bowen is NOT a form of massage and oils are not used in the treatment, most of the work can (if clients prefer) be done through light clothing – although some therapists prefer to work directly on the skin.

The treatment itself usually lasts around one hour, during which there are short periods of time in which the client is left resting to absorb the gentle moves that have been performed.  Many people can feel the effects of Bowen immediately after treatment, but for others the body may need up to 3- 4 days to respond to the

treatment.  This is quite normal. Two or three treatments at weekly intervals are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief from even long standing pain, although further treatments may be required on a maintenance basis.

Bowen is a holistic treatment and following a detailed discussion between client and therapist, all treatments are tailored to individual needs.

Why should I try Bowen?

The Bowen Technique differs from any other forms of therapy in that it does not attempt to inflict the will of the therapist or a specific outcome onto the patient.  By treating the whole body, Bowen allows the body to select what it needs to heal, realign and rebalance itself.  You may think you have a problem with your shoulder when in fact, the problem stems from your lower back.  By treating holistically, Bowen therapists aim to find the source of the pain rather than the pain itself – we treat the ‘criminal’ not the ‘victim’.

Are there any side effects?

Bowen works very well with other medical and homeopathic treatments, including herbal medicine and flower essences.

In order to gain the most from your Bowen treatment however, we do recommend that you allow at least 7 days either side of your treatment before undergoing any other form of  ‘hands-on’ treatment such as massage, reflexology, osteopathy etc.  This allows you to gain the most benefit from your Bowen treatment.



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