NST/Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen Technique?

The therapy was developed by an Australian, Tom Bowen, who died in 1982.   He realised that ill health developed when the body’s muscle tensioning system was disrupted and misaligned.  Through the technique he devised using gentle and specific movements with the thumbs and fingers he rebalanced the body by releasing stress at a deep level.

Throughout his life Tom developed his method and over that time various students watched him learn, and those students saw different methods depending on when they watched him, which is why there are slight variations between different schools of Bowen, all equally effective.

Tom treated an enormous amount of people and in 1975 it is reported that he was treating 13,000 people a year. He would spend an average of 7 minutes per person and had several rooms, going from one to another. These days we have the luxury of longer treatments to get the maximum benefit of relaxation time. He was very generous giving his time freely at weekends to treat disabled children free of charge.

For a Bowen Therapy Fact Sheet click here

NST Bowen Therapy / NST / Bowen Technique / ChoosewellbeingWhat is NST?

Neurostructural Integration Technique takes Bowen to the next level – it is a more advanced form of the traditional Bowen and was developed by Dr Michael J Nixon-Livy.  NST is a spinal and structural therapy which aims to auto-regulate the entire body by resolving imbalances.   Results are achieved at a higher rate.

For NST leaflet click here

Some Key Points about NST/Bowen Treatment:

  • It can be carried out through light clothing
  • No forceful manipulation or adjustment
  • Gentle and relaxing
  • Average 45 minute treatment
  • ‘Breaks’ of a few minutes between sets of moves where the therapist may leave the room.


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What Happens When I Come For A Treatment?

During the treatment: at the first appointment the therapist will take full details from you at the to find out about your relevant medical history and to discuss the problems you are experiencing. The therapist may assess your current range of movement. You will be asked to lie on the couch face down and the therapist will make small rolling movements over specific points on the body.  If you are unable to lay on a couch then the therapy can be done whilst sitting. There is no forceful manipulation. The therapist may leave the room for a few minutes to allow your body to absorb the information it has received and to relax. Half way through you will be asked to turn over and the therapist will assist you, and she carries on making moves until the treatment is finished, normally around 45 minutes. You will then be aided from the couch and some moves may be made whilst you are sitting or standing. It is normal to feel a little lightheaded or dizzy after a treatment, if this happens to you make sure you tell the therapist. Sometimes clients fall asleep on the couch, don’t worry if this happens, it’s perfectly normal.

NST Bowen Therapy / Bowen Technique / NST / Chooswellbeing / Daventry / Northampton / Milton keynesHow Many Treatments?

It is best to have a series of 3 treatments which are between 5 days and 10 days apart. 7 days is perfect. Some conditions can be sorted with 1 treatment, but the average is 3 treatments. Long term chronic conditions may need longer. Some clients come for a regular monthly or bi-monthly maintenance treatment.

Are You Qualified?

All Bowen Therapists are regulated and will have taken courses in Anatomy, Physiology and First Aid, as well as in depth courses in Bowen Technique, and are often qualified in other therapies too. They will have professional insurance and will undertake continuing professional development (CPD) to strict requirements. I am registered with BTPA details in the Links section.

Anything Else I  Should Know?

Therapists do not diagnose, they do not prescribe or alter medication, but they may suggest you see a GP. There are no known contra-indications to treatment. Bowen is not a substitute for medical treatment.

It is common for clients at their first appointment to say, ‘is that it?’ as it feels like little has been done during the treatment. However, don’t underestimate the effect of this gentle treatment.  Have a look at this Saga Magazine article.


With all therapies sometimes a treatment does not suit an individual and they may prefer a different approach. We are all unique and one size does not fit all. One of my chiropractor friends has a note in her clinic which says ‘If you want me to wave a magic wand, don’t forget to bring it with you!’

Any questions, comments, or queries – just drop me a message using the Contact Form

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