what is the bowen technique?

It (Bowen) released the muscle tensions, my permanent allergies and my energy was renewed 100%
Monica B. 39, Interior Designer, Argentina

How does it work?

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Bowen Therapy

is a gentle manual technique that guides the body to self-correct. The technique uses brief, gentle and small rolling or stretch motions on the soft tissues on the body in precise locations, resulting in profound changes within the body's structure and function. Bowen is based on the osteopathic principle that "the body's structure governs its function".
The Bowen technique uses minimal palpation and intermittent force, allowing the body (the NS) to make the necessary changes. It is the intimate relationship between the nervous system and the fascial system of which we are engaging with, influencing the new sensory information to travel between the brain and the tissue (includes the autonomic nervous system). This soft and precise palpation also is known to produce profound effects for fibrosis and inflammation.

Bowen therapy is not a heavy-force therapy, but rather the therapist 'feels' the tissue tone/texture to determine the pressure used - that is, to 'meet' the resistance of the tissue. Only fingers and thumbs are used and occasionally the palm of the hand to create brief moves. Some therapists vary their touch and pressure depending on what outcome they wish to achieve (this may depend also on the various receptors which respond to different kinds of mechanical pressure), or the tissues they are palpating.
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Bowen aims to restore a normality in tissue dysfunction, simulate lymph flow, lubricating joints, hydrate tissues, and encourage the nourishment of tissues to heal - through a simple, precise series of moves in multiple body regions.
This is achieved through the interchange of information with the nervous system and the connective tissues, which are skilfully manipulated in a unique way and on precise receptor-rich points along the body. The Bowen technique simultaneously affects the neurological and muscular/fascial system, and consequently the immune system. Bowen works holistically, treating the body, not a specific symptom or condition. In this context, it is believed that one of the many reasons for the success of Bowen is that we treat multiple body regions - to achieve optimal tissue balance/tensional forces.

The Bowen technique is applied on the superficial fascial layers - See more about fascia HERE.


Bowen therapy is a practical hands-on therapy with a holistic approach. It does not 'treat' the condition or the symptom, but rather, guides the body to self-heal - this is what is termed auto-regulation. The fascial and nervous system has this auto-regulation capacity, and they work together in the context of manual therapy. Bowen can be used as a complement to other medical practices or therapies, or independently.
Bowen Therapy has been known to be of great benefit in assisting with the improvement of the following conditions:

• muscular, structural and visceral conditions;
• back/neck problems;
• Scoliosis;
• hip/pelvic imbalances
• hamstring/foot problems;
• sciatica;
• frozen shoulder;
• arthritis;
• Multiple Sclerosis;
• lymph and circulation problems;
• digestive problems; and
• respiratory problems such as asthma.

Bowen is also beneficial to situations whereby other therapies may not be used immediately, such as on fresh acute injuries. In fact, it is encouraged to receive a Bowen treatment immediately after any falls, fractures, strains, sprains (with caution and care) to work closely around the injured area to promote fast healing and regulate the inflammation process.
My session with Jenny was transformative! It was the first time I had experienced Bowen therapy so I had no expectations, however I knew I was in good hands because Jenny has a wealth of knowledge and experience. I found her adept at reading my body and treating accordingly. For years, my pelvis had been slightly skewed, which Jenny picked up on straightaway. After one session, she had managed to realign my hips, something ongoing chiropractic treatment hadn't been able to do. I'm astonished at this lasting shift, and incredibly grateful. I would highly recommend Jenny.
Leigh H, Writer, and yoga teacher 41, Melbourne

The Treatment

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A typical treatment with a qualified Bowen practitioner involves the following: The therapist will ask questions for the client's health history to proceed with the most appropriate treatment. An assessment is made and continued throughout the treatment, via palpation and observation.
The patient will lay on a massage table (or seated or side-lying where appropriate) whereby the therapist will perform the 'Bowen' movements according to the individuals situation. The treatment uses no oil or tools. Profound results can often be achieved, with few movements and few sessions. One of the consistent effects of a session is the regulation of the nervous system, notably the balancing of the parasympathetic system. It is not uncommon to achieve deep relaxation during a session, while the nervous system is calmed. Bowen is relatively painless, however at times there may be discomfort. Work is only on the soft tissues, with no manipulation of bones. Sessions may last between 20 minutes up to 45 minutes generally.
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