Bowen Therapy / Bowen Technique Fact Sheet
What is the Bowen Technique?
Bowen can help with a wide range of symptoms, physical and emotional, and is suitable for all ages, from new-born babies to the elderly and infirm.
Bowen Therapy works on layers of fascia throughout the body. Recent advances in the research and understanding of fascia means we are beginning to have a better idea of how Bowen Therapy affects the body in the way it does. This clip from Dr Robert Scheilp and Dr Heike Jaegor explains how Bowen Therapy and other soft tissue therapies enable the body to make the changes it needs
Practitioners do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe or alter medication. They may, however, advise clients to be regularly assessed by their doctor, in case their medicine doses need to be adjusted. There are no known contra-indications to treatment.
How did it get its name?
Rather than 'making' the body change, Bowen 'asks' the body to recognise and make the changes it requires.
Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process. Bowen is generally pleasant to receive, each session lasting 30 – 60 minutes, depending on the age of the client and the nature of their symptoms. Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment.
Short-term (acute) injury is usually resolved in 1 – 3 Bowen treatments, while long-standing (chronic) symptoms may require longer. A gap of 5 to 10 days is recommended between Bowen sessions; so that the body can process the subtle information it has been given.
It is advised that clients do not have other hands-on therapies while receiving Bowen, as this can confuse the body's response and inhibit the healing process.
Bowen for horses and animals
Tom Bowen treated race horses and other animals. Following his example some practitioners go on to train in Canine or Equine Bowen Therapy.
The Bowen Technique is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
We recommend you consult your own doctor about any health concerns you may have.