Bowen Technique


What is the Bowen Technique?

It’s a therapy developed by Australian, Tom Bowen. Therapists use gentle rolling moves over specific areas of the body.  The moves are light and have a profound effect on the body, allowing it to relax and start the healing process.

During a session, the therapist will ask detailed questions about your health.
They will then do assessments before doing a series of moves on skin (or through light clothing). You might be lying on a massage bed, sitting or standing.  After several moves, the therapist will move away from you for a few minutes to allow your body time to respond to the moves.

The session lasts from half an hour to an hour. Many people find that only a few sessions are needed, although everyone reacts differently to the treatment.

As well as experiencing relief from the problem, clients often report an increase in energy, better sleeping patterns and a feeling of well-being. Bowen can be used on anyone from new-born babies, pregnant women and top athletes.

Bowen can help with the following:

  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Relaxation and stress relief
  • Musculo-skeletal pain
  • Respiratory problem
  • Digestive disorders

How can Bowen help you?

  1. To ease and resolve pain
  2. To feel more relaxed
  3. To help your body find better alignment
  4. To have a feeling of well being

A Short History of Bowen

Tom Bowen was born in 1916  in Australia . After serving in World War II, he became interested in finding  ways to relieve pain in the human body. He noticed that when he made certain movements on the body it responded in a positive way. Tom Bowen spent years refining and developing the effectiveness of his newfound treatment through observation without any formal training from any medical field.

As more people found out about the Bowen Technique, many people wanted to learn from Tom directly. He officially recognised six men to have an active understanding of his work and enough knowledge to pass it on. Tom affectionally referred to these practitioners as his “boys”.  Keith Davis, Kevin Neave, Nigel Love, Oswald Rentsch, Romney Smeeton and Kevin Ryan would continue the growth of the Bowen Technique long after Tom Bowen passed away in 1982.