Bowen Technique

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The Bowen Technique is a holistic treatment made up of a series of gentle rolling moves with frequent pauses between these moves to give the body time to benefit from each set. Bowen Therapy both balances and stimulates – the process of repair begins once the body is relaxed.

How does Bowen Therapy work?

The gentle moves that the Bowen Therapy practitioner performs over muscles, tendons, joints and connective tissue, allows the brain to send messages to the body to make the necessary adjustments.

Because it is an holistic therapy, practitioners treat the body as a whole, including any presenting conditions. As the body starts to unwind, historic patterns of compensation, which have often been built up over a lifetime, start to become clear and also unwind, starting to restore balance in the body.

What happens in a Bowen Technique session?

An initial session begins by filling in a consultation form with the practitioner to discuss the client’s individual symptoms and concerns.  A variety of observation assessments are made to form baselines against which future progress can be measured.  The session can be carried out through light clothing and can take place either on a massage coach or in a seated position at the client’s request. Each session will last up to an hour and at the start of each treatment the client’s feedback will be sought and progress checked against the baseline assessments which together, will guide the content of the next treatment.

An initial course of 3-4 sessions, each a week to 10 days apart are recommended at the start, following which the need for future treatments and their frequency can be reviewed. The healing effects of The Bowen Technique will continue to work for up to 7 days so it is recommended to avoid other hands on therapies for this period. Some clients’ regular book monthly appointments for ‘maintenance’!

How can Bowen Therapy help?

Bowen has been observed to have benefits for people of all ages, including newborn and infant children. Although it is mainly used to for treat specific conditions, many healthy people enjoy treatments to maintain balance and their sense of well-being. Bowen is helpful as a remedial therapy and it can help with rehabilitation of injuries. It is a great stress buster and encourages good sleep!

Bowen been observed to help with:

  • Pain management
  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Whiplash
  • Asthma
  • Hayfever
  • Headaches/sinus
  • Stress and tension
  • Digestion
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Leg and Foot pain
  • Quality of sleep
  • Mood elevation
  • Ability to concentrate and focus
  • Positive outlook on life
  • Relaxation

It could be perhaps you just want to improve your sporting performance? You don’t need to have an injury to use Bowen Therapy! A randomised control trial has proved continuing increases in hamstring flexibility for users of this technique*.

*A randomised controlled trial, by Michelle Marr, Julian Baker, Nicky Lambon and Jo Perry. Published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, July 2011 (

Bowen for Children

The Bowen Technique, being a “light touch” technique, is very suitable for children, and can help to alleviate a number of conditions including asthma and colic.

Treatments have been reported to help children to relax, become calmer, and less anxious. Treatments may also help to improve sleep patterns, improve focus and concentration and may assist with the enhancement of motor control and behaviour.

​The Bowen Technique and facia procedures have been reported to be beneficial to children with special needs, including those with cerebral palsy, dyspraxia and those on the autistic spectrum.

Some symptoms for children which have been observed to respond well to Bowen Therapy include:

  • Asthma
  • Bed-wetting
  • Colic
  • Constipation
  • Eczema
  • Growing Pains
  • Headaches
  • Muscular-Skeletal Issues
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress & anxiety

Benefits may include:

  • healthier children with better concentration,
  • improved sleeping patterns,
  • enhanced motor control & behaviour

..leading to quieter, happier children!

All treatments are carried out through light clothing, whilst the parent / guardian remains in the room. Treatments usually last up to 30 minutes.

Therapists offering Bowen Therapy

Click on the link below to the individual practitioner page(s) to find out more about prices and booking information for this therapy:


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