The Bowen Technique

What is Bowen Therapy? 
It is a very light touch, relaxing form of natural healing.

Who Can Benefit from Bowen Treatment?
Being so gentle the technique is suitable for people of any age, and is particularly suited for the elderly and anyone who does not wish to undergo a more manipulative technique.

How Does Bowen Therapy Work?
Normally the body wants to, and does, heal itself (if it didn't we would all be carrying a vast number of issues and injuries throughout are lives). However, sometimes the bodies healing ability appears to become blocked. Bowen Therapy appears to assist the body to recommence the natural healing process by addressing the whole body, working on many levels including the physical, chemical, emotional, and psychological well-being of each client.

Description of the Bowen Technique
Gentle and non-invasive moves made on skin or through light fitting clothes. No manipulation or massage is involved; only gentle rolling moves (using a finger or thumb) over muscles, tendons, ligaments (and sometimes nerves themselves).  The amount of applied Bowen work in a session is minimal. Often following their first Bowen session people wonder how such a few gentle moves can have such a powerful effect - not only on their structural problem but also on their overall well-being.  It appears that 'the lighter the touch' the more effective and profound the results. A unique feature of Bowen Treatment is the incorporation of frequent rest pauses between each series of moves. These induce a feeling of relaxation, which appears to allow the body to absorb the effect of the moves and commence the body's own natural healing process. In fact the technique can be so relaxing it is not uncommon to find yourself beginning to drift asleep during a treatment session.  Although Bowen is normally performed on a treatment couch, the technique can be applied to someone sitting and therefore is suitable for people unable to physically access a couch (e.g. people in wheelchairs or very frail people)

How Much Treatment is Necessary?
Depends on each individuals capacity to heal but often, for non-degenerating  conditions, only two or three treatment sessions (1 week apart) are necessary to achieve a significant improvement, although a degree of improvement is often experienced following the initial session. Being a non-manipulative technique, improvements tend to stay 'locked in', thereby limiting the overall number of treatment sessions required.    

The Origins of Bowen Therapy
The technique dates back to the 1950's and the late Thomas Bowen, where in Geelong, Australia he was treating over 13,000 people a year. Since his death in 1982, more than 12,000 therapists have been trained worldwide in the technique he developed. 

• Stephen Ludbrook