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Bowen Technique

Bowen Technique

What is the Bowen Technique?

The Bowen Technique was developed by Australian Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982). His intuition led him to recognise that, given the opportunity, the body can heal itself. Healing takes place when the body is at its most relaxed and this principle is cornerstone to the technique’s success. As muscle tension reduces, energy is released, blood and lymph flow more easily and neural pathways communicate more effectively.

What does a treatment involve?

The patient remains clothed whilst a series of light, rolling moves over specific locations are performed, initiating the natural healing process. Between these moves the practitioner leaves the treatment room for a short time thereby allowing the body to respond without interruption.

The practitioner is not imposing anything on the body and its inherent wisdom begins to make subtle adjustments allowing it to return towards natural alignment and balanced health. Symptoms are individual to the sufferer and the rate of healing will be equally unique.

What can Bowen treat?

Bowen is effective for musculo-skeletal complaints such as back, neck, limb or joint pain, sports injuries or poor posture.

Respiratory conditions, headaches, fatigue, poor sleep, stress, RSI and frozen shoulder also respond well to treatment.

Whilst it is important to address specific complaints the Bowen Technique treats the whole person consequently overall health and well-being improve too. Treatment can then be used as a way to maintain a good level of health.

How long does a treatment last?

Typically you should allow up to one hour for the appointment. It is not advisable to have any other physical therapy between Bowen Technique treatments.

How many treatments will I need? And how often?

Frequency of treatment is as individual as you are. Initially it is usual to have two or three treatments about a week apart and, depending on response, to assess if further visits are required.

Does it hurt?

The Bowen Technique is non-intrusive and no force is used. However, you should inform the therapist if you are pregnant and of any existing medical conditions or of any surgery you have had.

Is it suitable for everyone?

It is generally suitable for all ages and states of health; from the new-born to the elderly.

How will I feel after a treatment?

Most patients experience a state of deep relaxation.

How do I know if the practitioner is qualified?

Many Bowen Technique practitioners belong to a professional organisation and to satisfy membership requirements will have completed a recognised course together with on-going training. The Bowen Therapists’ European Register (BTER) is one such governing body (see and practitioners are entitled to use MBTER after their name.

How do I find out more?

For the Bowen Therapists’ European Register (BTER) please go to .

What should I wear?

Treatment can be applied through light, loose-fitting clothing.

How much does it cost?

Please refer to our Clinic price list .

Is my treatment confidential?

Yes, all information given during the course of any of our treatments is treated as strictly confidential. Personal files are referred to by your practitioner only. A copy of your contact details will be kept by reception in compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.