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 Bowen Technique

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The Bowen Technique, also known as Bowen Therapy, is a gentle and non-invasive form of bodywork that aims to promote healing and balance in the body. Developed by Tom Bowen in the 1950s, this holistic approach has gained popularity for its effectiveness in addressing a wide range of physical and emotional issues. This web page provides an overview of the history, benefits, and other relevant details of the Bowen Technique.

Tom Bowen, an Australian physical therapist, developed the Bowen Technique through his observations and experiences with various manual therapies. He began practising in the 1950s, helping individuals with musculoskeletal problems, injuries, and other health issues. His unique approach, characterised by gentle and precise movements over specific points on the body, became the foundation for what is now known as the Bowen Technique.

How It Works:
The Bowen Technique involves a series of gentle rolling movements over muscles, tendons, and fascia. Practitioners use their fingers and thumbs to apply light pressure, creating a sequence of moves that stimulate the body's innate healing mechanisms. The technique is designed to trigger a relaxation response, allowing the body to reset and rebalance itself.

Benefits of Bowen Technique:
1. Pain Relief: Bowen Therapy is known for its ability to alleviate pain, whether it's related to chronic conditions, injuries, or muscular tension.
2. Improved Mobility: The gentle movements of the Bowen Technique can enhance flexibility and mobility by releasing tension in the muscles and joints.
3. Stress Reduction: The therapy promotes relaxation, helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels.
4. Holistic Healing: Bowen Therapy considers the whole person, addressing physical, emotional, and mental aspects to promote overall well-being.
5. Enhanced Circulation: The technique stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage, supporting the body's natural healing processes.

What to Expect in a Session:
During a Bowen Technique session, clients typically remain fully clothed. The practitioner will perform a series of gentle moves, with short breaks in between, allowing the body to respond and initiate the healing process. Sessions usually last around 45 to 60 minutes, and the number of sessions required varies depending on individual needs.

Is Bowen Technique Suitable for Everyone?
The Bowen Technique is generally safe for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. It is a non-invasive and gentle therapy, making it suitable for those with acute or chronic conditions, as well as individuals seeking preventive care.

See video below about Bowen and fibromyalgia. (Note this isn't me - it is one of my Bowen colleagues interviewing her client.)

The Bowen Technique offers a unique and effective approach to holistic healing, addressing a variety of physical and emotional issues. Whether you're dealing with pain, stress, or seeking overall well-being, Bowen Therapy provides a gentle and natural option for promoting health and balance in the body.


I am a qualified Bowen Therapist with over 25 years' experience.  My clinic is based in Daventry, Northants. Contact me for a free consultation to explore how the Bowen Technique can support your individual needs. 

How to book a free 30 minute telephone chat:  click the 'Book a Free Chat' button (below) and select 'Free 30 minute chat from the drop down arrow.'  Alternatively use the Check My Calendar button (below) to book your first appointment, or you can contact me using the Get In Touch button (below).

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