WHAT IS THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE?

What is it?
A gentle, yet precise and relaxing therapy that encourages the body to heal itself. A therapy rapidly growing in popularity because of its immediate results in some people.

A brief history
Developed by Tom Bowen, a gifted and innovative therapist in Australia in the 1950's, The technique has been taught in the UK since 1993.

Bowen himself died in 1982 but his therapy is well established in Australia and is fast becoming so in the UK, with hundreds of practitioners around the country and more in training all the time.  Many who train in The Bowen Technique are already practitioners in another complementary therapy or in orthodox medicine - physiotherapists, nurses and doctors.

How does it work?
The practitioner uses very light pressure with thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen's unique sets of rolling-type moves which aim to stimulate the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body.

What is it used for?
A very wide range of complaints can be successfully, and lastingly, resolved with The Bowen Technique. Bowen is particularly effective in treating frozen shoulder, RSI, tennis elbow, back pain, sports injuries (the Welsh rugby team is reported to be using it instead of physiotherapy), and sciatica. Kidney and gynaecological problems, migraine, knee pain, respiratory difficulties, physical and mental fatigue and stress can also be eased using Bowen.

Side effects
There are no ill side effects from the Bowen Technique. For maximum benefit, other therapies such as massage, reflexology, and physiotherapy shouldn't be undertaken just before or during a course of Bowen. Plenty of water should be drunk afterwards, to help the body rid itself of the toxins released during the healing process.

A typical treatment
A treatment session is a gentle, subtle and relaxing experience. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. The Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset and heal itself, affecting the body in ways that promote pain relief and recovery of energy.   

During the treatment there are periods in which the patient is left alone, which may be a little disconcerting. This time allows the body to absorb the gentle moves that have been performed and gives the body time to make the subtle and fine adjustments which help to relieve tension, reduce pain and initiate the healing process. 

The Bowen Technique is also a time and cost-effective treatment.  Treatments are generally one week apart and patients will know, within the first three or four treatments at most, whether or not they respond to Bowen.  Most people do respond, and a good many complaints are completely resolved in the first few treatments.