The Bowen Technique is a soft tissue remedial therapy that works over the muscle and connective tissue to realign and balance the body. Through stimulating a relaxation response we believe it triggers the body's innate healing abilities which explains its' excellent track record in relieving many symptoms and conditions.

The technique is non-invasive, non-manipulative and deceptively light - it often it feels like very little has happened - yet in fact it addresses the whole body, working on many levels including the physical, chemical, emotional, and psychological well-being of each client. The body can be treated as a whole or a specific problem can be targeted, pinpointing and releasing stress build-up in muscle groups.
The Bowen Technique is complementary to conventional medicine and may safely be used in conjunction with other medical treatments. We will always consult your general practitioner where appropriate.

Important: The Bowen Technique is a complementary therapy and should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

What can Bowen Therapy help with?

People have reported relief from symptoms of many conditions such as:
  • back pain
  • sciatica
  • repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • migraine
  • shoulder stiffness
  • knee, ankle and foot pain
  • sports injuries
  • stress
  • poor mobility and many more.....
Treatment usually results in a deep sense of overall relaxation, helping the body to recharge and balance itself.
To receive maximum benefit whilst receiving Bowen it is recommended that other physical therapies are not received at the same time, eg massage, reflexology, physiotherapy, etc.

What can I expect from a Bowen treatment?

The first session normally takes just over an hour in order to first discuss your health background and symptoms. Subsequent sessions generally last from 45 minutes to an hour.

The Bowen treatment consists of a series of gentle rolling type movements on skin (or through light clothing), with the client resting on a comfortable treatment couch (or sitting, if lying down is difficult for you).

During treatment there are periods when the client is left resting alone for a couple of minutes allowing the body to accept the move and start its healing process.
Each person's experience is different but commonly reported sensations include:
  • a deep sense of relaxation and calm
  • drowsiness
  • feelings of warmth and energy surges in the body
  • tingling and muscle twitches
  • lightness
Most people report feeling very relaxed with a deep sense of wellbeing after a session. Often, immediate improvements in energy, posture, concentration and focus are reported.

How many sessions are recommended?

Many may see results after the first session and generally two or three sessions at 5-7 days apart are enough to achieve lasting relief for many. Further treatments may sometimes be required, particularly for chronic conditions. Many people then choose to have ongoing sessions to maintain balance and their sense of wellbeing and relaxation.

Can anyone have Bowen Therapy?

The Bowen Technique is gentle and we believe stimulates the body's own natural healing process. It is considered suitable for almost anyone. Pregnant women, the elderly, babies and children may all receive Bowen Therapy, however a comprehensive client history is always taken prior to commencing therapy and we will not proceed without either this information, or the clients signed permission to do so. Rest assured that qualified therapists who are registered as Full Members with The Bowen Association, are not only qualified in The Bowen Technique, but hold an additional qualification in Anatomy & Physiology, current First Aid, are fully insured, and are required to undertake a minimum of 16 hours CPD per year.

Where does The Bowen Technique originate from?

The Bowen Technique was developed in Australia by Thomas Bowen in the 1950's. After serving in World War 2, he became interested in ways to alleviate human suffering and began to notice that certain moves on the body had particular effects. Over a period of years he developed the system as it is used today.

What should I look for in a practitioner?

It is important to choose a qualified Bowen therapist who has undertaken all the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of Bowen therapy including Anatomy and Physiology and First Aid qualifications.

The Bowtech logo indicates that the practitioner is trained to the highest standards, fully insured and required to undertake 16 hours Continuous Professional Development training each year.

The Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) logo certifies that the practitioner is registered to the government's Accredited Voluntary Register which regulates standards in the interests of public safety. By choosing Bowen therapists registered with the CNHC you can be confident that they are properly trained, qualified and insured

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