Bowen Therapy

The Bowen Technique was developed in Australia by Tom Bowen. It is a holistic hands-on technique that uses light pressure on the soft connective tissue to relieve or resolve pain.

At the start of each session the client will be assessed for any misalignment or structural problems. The treatment will then be tailored to their needs. Lying on a massage bed (or remaining seated if lying down is not possible) the therapist will make a few distinctive rolling type moves, with thumbs and forefingers, over soft tissue at very precise points on the body. This can be done directly on skin or through light clothing. These moves are designed to stimulate the tissue and nerve pathways. After each series of moves, there is a short waiting period before the next moves are made. This element of allowing the body to rest for a few minutes initiates the process of repair and is important. During these waiting periods clients report tingling, warm and cool feelings in their bodies and sometimes twitching sensations, sometimes brief pain. Others report nothing apart from a deep sense of relaxation, it is quite common for clients to fall asleep during the treatment due to its profound relaxing effects. Each individual has a different response to Bowen.

Musculoskeletal problems such as frozen shoulder, back and neck pain and sports injuries account for the majority of conditions brought for Bowen treatment. It can also be helpful with more organic problems. Clients have reported significant improvements with asthma and panic attacks, migraines, irritable bowel, reproductive problems and arthritis. It is suitable for babies, children and elderly people.

The first session is about 60 minutes. Subsequent sessions in a series of treatment are usually between 30 to 45 minutes. The length of time is determined by the clients’ reaction to the therapy.
3 treatments, 5 to 10 days apart are recommended. For chronic long-term conditions, more may be required. Occasionally, only 1 is required.

Bowen Therapist

Christine Morling