What is Bowen?


The Bowen Technique fosters profound relaxation and encourages the body’s natural ability to heal. Bowen therapy involves gentle manipulation of soft tissues separated by brief pauses, which facilitate the nervous systems’ ability to reset and restore balance in the body.


The Bowen Technique was created by Tom Bowen in Australia during the 1950’s. Through years of observation he recognized many health issues and pain were the result of disorder in the fascial tissue.


Fascia is a type of connective tissue that forms a continuous web around all arteries, bones, muscles, nerves and veins.

Adhesions in the fascia can have a profound negative effect on the body. Bowen works to release areas of disruption and restore the body’s natural flow.



What to expect in the first session


The initial Bowen consists of completing a basic intake form to establish a baseline and gain insight into the individuals current state. Bowen techniques are performed on a therapy table but may also be performed with the client seated or standing. In the first session the whole body is addressed and effects of the treatment can continue for the next five to seven days as the body makes changes in alignment and function. The body's response to this treatment will dictate what needs to be addressed next.



Structure governs function


A disruption in the structure of the body tissue through injury, overuse or misalignment can eventually lead to a disturbance in function; manifesting in the body as various painful conditions. Emotional issues or trauma can also be perceived by the body as injury and eventually lead to physical aliments. Bowen Therapy addresses body structure and can restore function.



How does Bowen work?


The Bowen Technique uses precise sets of movement intervals, which facilitate the nervous system’s capacity for integration and healing. The gentle yet powerful moves send neurological signals to the brain which are fed back to the body encouraging alignment.



What are the benefits of Bowen?


The primary benefit of Bowen Therapy is the profound, rapid and long term or permanent relief from a broad range of conditions. Often relief is felt after one session and in many cases only 2 to 6 treatments are necessary to achieve results.


Bowen treatments may be scheduled for relaxation, maintenance or as needed.


Bowen Therapy is a gentle, safe, and powerful tool for healing that can be applied to anyone of any age looking for health benefit including newborns, the elderly, athletes and pregnant women.



What conditions respond to Bowen?


From acute sports injuries to chronic conditions, the Bowen Technique can address many forms of "dis-ease", releasing pain and allowing the body’s own healing force to flourish. Thus, Bowen does not aim to treat specific conditions but rather acts to stimulate the body to heal itself. Practitioners have found that Bowen therapy reduces physical, emotional and mental stress; improves joint mobility; increases circulation of lymphatic and venous fluids; enhances the assimilation of nutrients; and eliminates toxins.


In achieving all of the above, Bowen can deliver profound, substantial, rapid and lasting relief from a wide range of conditions. For example:


Musculoskeletal pain

  • Back pain – Chronic and Acute
  • Resulting discomfort from motor vehicle accidents
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Inflexibility
  • Hip and Knee Restrictions
  • Foot and Ankle Problems
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Postural Problems
  • Scoliosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica

Respiratory Problems

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Hay fever
  • Allergies

Digestive Problems

  • Constipation
  • Colic
  • Irritable bowel
  • Indigestion

Gynecological Problems

  • Breast Lumps
  • Infertility
  • Mastitis
  • Premenstrual syndrome

Other Conditions

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Bed wetting
  • Emotional: Anxiety, Depression, Grief