Bowen Therapy is a muscular-skeletal release treatment that works to restore healthy function and reduce pain

It is a non-invasive treatment applied to the body using thumbs and fingers. It seeks to address imbalances primarily around the spine, pelvis, neck and head but also throughout the body. Bowen uses a unique rolling type move, at the pressure appropriate to you to stimulate a response, release tension and rebalance.

It is a ‘whole person’ approach and therefore works with your entire body rather than only focusing on one specific problem or symptom.

This move does not involve hard adjustments, it is not a flick of muscle or a massage. Instead it uses the skin available to move over the underlying muscle, tendon and connective tissue. Each move covers only a small area, defined by how much slack is available for each individual.

Treatment can be performed through light clothing so there is no need to undress.

This therapy is relaxing to receive and is suitable for all ages and all types of people from newborn to the elderly and infirm.

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How does it work?

Connective tissue called fascia networks your whole body into a continuous system, it covers everything including muscles, organs and nerves. In addition to working with this connective tissue, Bowen also works with your muscles, ligaments, tendons and soft tissue, to stimulate your brain and nervous system.

Each bowen move sends a signal causing your body to assess an area and make any needed changes. As a result of this response, there is often an immediate start to the healing process, a reduction of pain and improvement to the area.

The 'Breaks'

There is a pause between each set of moves to allow the body to process the signals. These breaks are a unique feature to bowen, forming an essential integral part of treatment which increase the effectiveness of the therapy.

Allowing the body time to rest and respond to the provides opportunity for it to start the process of repair and change. The length of each break is dependant on the client and the work being done at the time.


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Where did it come from?

The work we now call bowen therapy is based on the work of Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) from Australia. He believed in the body’s ability to heal itself if given the right stimulus.

Tom used information and principles from osteopathic, chiropractic and acupuncture disciplines to develop a way of working that has evolved over time to what it is now.

It was introduced to the UK in the 1980s.

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