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Bowen Technique

What is Bowen - The History Of Bowen - Who Can Benefit


What is the Bowen Technique?

This is a gentle muscle-release therapy consisting of a dynamic series of gentle, precise and relaxing "rolling" moves over muscles and soft tissue.  Bowen empowers the body's own healing resources to achieve balance and harmony.  The moves encourage the body to balance itself both structurally and also in terms of its organs and systems.  For this reason, Bowen is effective in treating all kinds of aches and pains as well as imbalances within the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, reproductive systems, etc.  Many clients find the simplicity of this therapy remarkable and are amazed at its effectiveness for all kinds of health problems.

The treatment is non-invasive and NO forceful manipulation is used.

The gentle movements are interspersed with periods of rest to allow the body to "process" the treatment.  Sometimes during these breaks the client may feel subtle responses and fine adjustments taking place.  

Treatments are usually performed over light clothing and can last anywhere from 15 to 50 minutes.  Sessions are generally one week apart and often clients will only need a minimal number of sessions.

It is not normally helpful to receive other bodywork therapies (such as deep tissue massage) within a few days of receiving Bowen.  However, the Emmett Technique is a closely-related therapy which has been found to enhance the beneficial effects of Bowen.  Liz tends to use both therapies together in a treatment as she finds the two techniques dovetail each other beautifully with successful outcomes being achieved much sooner.

"Experience the profound therapeutic effects of the Bowen Technique - the gentle body therapy that improves the quality of our lives"

Click on the video below to see John Wilks (a senior UK Bowtech instructor) give a short description and demonstration.

The History of Bowen

The Bowen Technique was pioneered by Thomas Ambrose Bowen of Geelong in Victoria, Australia.  Tom devoted a lifetime to developing his gentle and innovative approach.  The Webb Report of 1975 - an Australian Government Survey on natural therapies - revealed him to be treating a staggering 13,000 patients a year, rarely seeing anyone more than once or twice. 

He was an immensely gifted therapist, having an amazing ability to "read the body and correct imbalances extremely quickly.  His approach was a simple energy correction procedure to instigate a change in the balance of the body, bringing the body's own healing abilities into action.

Before Tom's death in 1982, he shared some of his methods and ideas with six other therapists, known as "Tom's Boys.  It is from the work of these people that we now have several great therapies based upon the life work of Thomas Bowen.  The most commonly taught is "The Bowen Technique which arrived in the UK around 1993, a technique now widely practised here.

Who Can Benefit from Bowen?



Bowen is safe to use on anyone, from the newborn to the elderly and infirm, and for a wide range of conditions from sports injuries to organic complaints.  This gentle technique frequently gives substantial relief after the first session.


There is no condition that cannot be addressed (with medical supervision where appropriate) as the treatment is holistic.


Conditions that have responded favourably include: 

  • Back and neck problems

  • Sports and accident injuries (chronic and acute), including whiplash

  • Frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, RSI

  • Stress disorders, anxiety and depression

  • Neck and head tension, migraines

  • Musculo-skeletal pain and imbalance

  • Posture and body alignment

  • Respiratory complaints:- asthma, hayfever, bronchitis, sinusitis

  • Digestive problems:- hiatus hernia, IBS, intestinal problems

  • Urinary tract problems

  • Skin disorders

  • Menstrual and hormonal irregularities, including PMT

  • Acute and chronic fatigue

  • Bedwetting, behaviour problems and other childhood disorders

  • A general feeling of "not being quite right

Bowen is not intended to replace appropriate medical intervention.  Always discuss problems with your GP.  Liz is happy to talk to any medical practitioner with the consent of the client.

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