What Is Bowen and How Does It Work

The Bowen Technique is a soft tissue therapy that is applied on precise points of the body using very gentle pressure.  It does not use adjustment or manipulation to gain results. It combines a series of anatomically placed moves to ensure that the connective tissue which surrounds all organs and muscles in the body is relaxed and the muscles are working in the correct combination and length. The gentle yet powerful Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction. The Bowen Technique will bring the body back to a state of balance or ‘homeostasis’.

The Bowen Technique is anatomically one of the most fascinating bodywork therapies available and is now the fastest growing soft tissue therapy in Europe.  Where the focus is often on full contact from a therapist to a patient whether it is an adjustment, massage, manipulation, muscle stretching or machines, Bowen focuses on something much more subtle – the brain’s ability to sort out its own problems and functional errors from the information given.

Bowen is not meant to replace medical treatment, it is complementary to mainstream medical treatment. However, due to its success, more and more members of the medical profession continue to be amazed at its effectiveness and have begun to add the Bowen Technique to their practices.  

Although musculoskeletal problems such as frozen shoulder, back and neck pain 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, migraines, irritable bowel, infertility and other reproductive problems.  Even hayfever has been brought to Bowen.

Conditions that can be treated with Bowen Therapy:

  • Anxiety and stress-related conditions
  • Back pain, sciatica and spinal problems
  • Newborn baby problems (e.g. colic, feeding problems and sleep-related conditions)
  • Digestive and bowel problems (such as irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and ME
  • General muscle stiffness
  • Gynaecological conditions (such as heavy or painful periods, infertility and fibroids)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Joint problems (such as tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, ankle and knee injuries)
  • Post-dental trauma, temporo-mandibular joint problems and jaw disorders
  • Post-operative recovery
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Repetitive strain injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sports injuries
  • Whiplash injuries