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Bowen Technique

"Quite simply one of the most straightforward and effective 'hands-on' therapies available"

Jane Alexander
A straightforward no-nonsense, remedial therapy that is non-intrusive, gentle and very effective.

A Bowen Technique treatment affects the body in ways which promote healing, pain relief and recovery of energy. The experience of the treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing and it is these features which make The Bowen Technique so unique.

Osteopaths, chiropractors, sports therapists and physiotherapists are among the many professional practitioners who use The Bowen Technique and all who practice it are continually amazed at the effectiveness of this simple and gentle form of "hands on" therapy.

Russell Dick, an osteopath for 20 years and former dean of Studies at the Northern Counties School of Osteopathy, says:

"Bowen has turned my practice on its head, with 80% of my patients being given Bowen as a first choice".

Non-professionals, too, are delighted with the results which can be achieved on family and friends.

What does a treatment involve?

A Bowen Technique treatment will take approximately 45 minutes and most of the work can be performed through light clothing. Two or three treatments, at weekly intervals, are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief from even long standing pain, although further treatments may sometimes be required.

To receive maximum benefit it is recommended that other physical therapies are not mixed with The Bowen Technique, e.g. massage, reflexology, physiotherapy, etc.

How does it work?

The Bowen Technique encourages the body to realign itself; there is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used or needed. The Bowen Technique is not a form of massage.

What can it safely treat?

Common presenting problems include:

back and neck pain
knee problems
sports injuries
frozen shoulder
tennis elbow
respiratory conditions

Conditions such as chronic fatigue, hay fever, headache, kidney problems and problems requiring lymphatic drainage have responded favourably to The Bowen Technique. Some people use The Bowen Technique as a means of stress management and health maintenance, seeing their therapist regularly 2-4 times a year.

The Bowen Technique also addresses many other conditions. It is generally regarded as safe and effective for people of all ages.

Where did it originate?

The Bowen Technique was pioneered by Thomas Ambrose Bowen, born in 1916 in Geelong, Australia. After working in miscellaneous labouring jobs as a young man, he developed a great interest in massage and body work and spent time observing football trainers and others involved with sports. By the time he was in his early 40's this gifted man had established a full time practice in remedial therapy using the technique he had developed.

In 1978 when he was interviewed by a parliamentary committee looking into complementary medicine, he stated, under oath, that he treated about 280 patients per week with the help of an assistant and a receptionist - an incredible 13,000 patients a year, 88% of whom only required two or three treatments!

Mr Bowen died in the early 1980's but today there are a number of flourishing therapies based on his work.