What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy was developed in Australia and named after Mr Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) of Geelong, Victoria Australia. It is a unique form of neuromuscular repatterning. It works primarily through the nervous system on both structural and energetic levels. The technique is gentle and non invasive and can be performed through clothing.

 Bowen Therapy is a completely new concept in bodywork. It is neither derived from nor similar to any other modality.

  • Misalignments commonly right themselves – yet there is no manipulation of joints or bones as in Chiropractic.
  • Muscle tension and strains are relieved and normal lymphatic flow is restored yet muscles are not squeezed as in massage.
  • Meridians show immediate improvements – yet the work is not based on meridians and does not resemble acupuncture or acupressure.
  • Fascia rehydrates, adhesions release and scar tissue softens – yet there is no heavy pressure as in Rolfing or deep-tissue work.
  • Internal psychological shifts are common – yet it is not necessary to evoke emotional response as in mind-body therapies.
  • Nearly everyone reports a pleasant, relaxed state and a deep sense of well being and ease.

Bowen Therapy is appropriate for everyone from the highly trained athlete to newborns, pregnant women, elderly and the chronically ill. Bowen has been successful in treating musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck pain, scoliosis, sporting injuries, TMJ alignment and carpel tunnel syndrome. It is also renowned for its effectiveness with internal conditions such as migraines, digestive and elimination complaints, colic in babies and respiratory problems, including asthma.

A Bowen treatment consists of gentle, rolling movements. These stimulations activate a systematic response so powerful that a few minutes pause is observed to allow them to be integrated. A pattern of movements and pauses continues throughout the treatment. The rhythm is soothing and most patients fall asleep at least once during the session. Benefits are usually apparent within a few sessions, even when long-standing conditions are being treated. Bowen results are often lasting and profound.


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