Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen?

It is a non-invasive, holistic therapy consisting of a sequence of gentle moves over muscle and soft tissue, interspersed with periods of rest. Clients' responses to treatment are consistently impressive, confirming the effectiveness of the therapy.

The practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to make a series of precise rolling-type moves over muscle. During the treatment there are a series of short breaks where the patient is left resting to allow their body to respond to the gentle moves that have been performed. This rest period is an important part of the treatment and gives the body time to make the subtle and fine adjustments which help to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain. It is these features which make Bowen unique.

The Bowen Technique encourages re-alignment of the body; there is no manipulation of hard tissue and no force is used or needed. Treatment at regular intervals can help manage stress and encourage health maintenance. Bowen effectively encourages the body's own healing mechanism to work more effectively and to deal with issues it may previously have ignored.

Who will benefit from Bowen?

Men, women and children of all ages will benefit. It can help to improve the quality of life for the terminally ill; address issue for those with longstanding problems which have failed to respond to other treatment; and help relieve infantile colic.

"Whenever I've had any back or neck problems, the Bowen Technique has always successfully put an end to them as well as aligning my body and increasing my energy. I can't recommend it highly enough."

Jerome Flynn, Actor

Bowen Technique treats the whole person

The Bowen Technique aims to balance the whole person, not just the symptoms. Common presentations include back and neck pain, knee problems, sports injuries, repetitive strain injury (RSI), frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and respiratory problems to name but a few. Practically any problem can potentially be addressed and some people use the Bowen Technique as a means of stress management and health maintenance, seeing their therapist regularly two to four times per year.

What does a treatment involve?

An appointment will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes and most of the work can be performed through light clothing (or directly on skin). Three to five treatments at weekly intervals are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief, although further treatments may be required, particularly if the client re-injures. To receive maximum benefit it is recommended that other physical therapies are not mixed with the Bowen Technique - for example reflexology, massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic.

Where did it originate?

Thomas Ambrose Bowen of Geelong, Australia developed his own "technique" and had a thriving practice until he died in the 1980's. His approach is now known throughout the world.

Further details from :

European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS) ""


Bowen Therapists Practitioners Association (BTPA) ""