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Bowen Therapy


What is Bowen Therapy?

The technique was first devised by Thomas Bowen, in Australia in the 1950’s and 60’s, and has been administered by Bowen Practitioners in the UK since the 1980’s. The treatment is suitable for all ages, from babies to the elderly.

Bowen Therapy (or Bowen Technique as it is also known as) is a holistic, gentle and non-intrusive therapy, which encourages the body to re-set and re-balance itself, by using a rolling action on the skin over the fascia of the muscles, tendons and skeletal structure of the body - there is no energetic or forceful manipulation with this therapy.

There are multiple 'procedures' that we can use for Bowen, depending on the ailments and conditions the client presents - with this knowledge and looking at the body as a whole, we are able to work in a specific way, to encourage the body to re-align itself.

A uniqueness of the Bowen Technique is that between certain moves, the therapist leaves the room for at least 2 minutes, which enables the brain to process the moves that have just been made - also, leaving the room means the client can completely focus on relaxing, rather than what is going on around them in the room - certain moves will require longer breaks, generally when larger muscle groups are being worked on or very powerful moves have been carried out.

Bowen Practitioners work holistically with their clients and aim to work alongside mainstream healthcare/medicine, to promote better health for their clients - Bowen is NOT a replacement for mainstream healthcare and should never replace conventional medicine, preferably they would work in conjunction, complementing one another.

What to expect from your Session

A Bowen session may take anything from 30 minutes to 1 hour (hands on-work), depending on the condition discussed and the procedures administered.

An initial detailed consultation will take place, where we discuss your personal information, such as lifestyle, current symptoms or conditions and medical history, all of which is totally confidential and also look at the body as a whole.

Once the consultation is complete, and the correct procedures have been identified, you will lay on the therapist couch and will be appropriately draped with towels, ensuring client comfort and respecting that you are covered to protect your modesty – if you are unable to lay down, the procedures can be carried out whilst seated or standing - whatever is more comfortable for you.

Each session will start with what is known as “Basic Relaxation Moves – BRM’s” – these can form either the procedures being administered for your treatment for that session or be pre-requisites for more specific procedures for your circumstance.

Within each procedure, there are specific moves which will be carried out and within these moves there will be ‘breaks’ or ‘rests’, whereby I will leave the room, allowing you to completely focus on relaxing and for your brain to recognise and process the moves just carried out.

Although the procedures and moves are very gentle, they can be quite powerful – if at any point during the treatment you feel dizzy or nauseous, please say so and we can stop treatment – this is quite rare, but can happen – often we just need to stop for 5-10 minutes, until you feel normal again or your body has just had enough for one day.

The session is all about you, and for you to benefit, suggestion is to relax, however please feel free to ask questions about the treatment if you are inquisitive or interested.

After the treatment is complete, I will give you time to relax, offer you water to drink and we will discuss after care advice and treatment plan.

If you have any further questions please have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page, if you don't find the answer please feel free to give me a call