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.
is important to point out that Bowen is NOT a form
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
- tennis elbow
- allergies and hayfever
- respiratory problems (including asthma)
- digestive problems
- migraine and headaches
- 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?
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.
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
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.