Bowen Therapy is a remarkable holistic body therapy that balances and integrates all the physical and energetic systems, releasing the blockages that separate us from our natural state of perfect health and absolute freedom.
Bowen is a gentle form of body work in which very subtle moves performed over the muscles and connective tissues send messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a relaxed, balanced way of well being.
The Bowen moves are light, gentle and very precise. There is no forceful manipulation. The practitioners are able to discern stress build up in muscles and other soft tissue, enabling them to perform specific Bowen moves to assist recovery and pain relief.
Clients often report makor or total improvement in seemingly unrelated problems that they may have forgotten to mention to the practitioner.
There are frequent but very essential pauses throughout the session that allow the body time to respond and begin the healing process. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.
A Bowen session initiates a cascade of beneficial changes that continue for several days. Applying other manipulative therapies during this time can interrupt this process and undermine the overall effectiveness of the Bowen work. It is therefore recommended that the patient waits a week before commencing any other manual therapy.
The Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and is considered suitable for everyone, from pregnant women to new born babies, the frail and the elderly. No adverse side effects have been reported.
It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending on each individual's capactiy to heal.
Bowen Therapy was pioneered by Tom Bowen of Victoria, Australia in the 1950’s. He was an industrial chemist who developed his system of bodywork with animals. Very little is known about the man, whether he was an intuitive healer or if he created the system out of his own research of eastern bodywork we will never know, as he was a man who avoided publicity and, from all reports, the use of words.
He ran his clinic simply and efficiently; his clinic treated 13,000 people in one year with a 90% success rate and if any of his patients ignored his advice they were unceremoniously sent home. Some say he was an intuitive bodyworker who would only do what was appropriate and would frequently send patients home after executing four simple moves. He did not waste his time or his patients’ money, if there was no response after two treatments he would refer them on (only 10% of his cases).
Tom Bowen died in 1986 as a result of complications from diabetes. While he was alive he taught his techniques to only six assistants working directly under his instruction; Keith Davis, Nigel Love, Kevin Neave, Oswald Rentsch, Kevin Ryan and Romney Smeeton.
After his death his techniques have blossomed and evolved as Bowen Therapy, Bowen Technique, Fascial Kinetics, NST, Vibro-Muscular Therapy, and given time many more commercial names will be given to this simple, gentle and effective therapy. These names are not important, what matters are the intentions and integrity of the teachers and their students - if these are pure then the results are remarkable and often appear miraculous.
Bowen practitioners registered with the Bowen Association UK adhere to a strict code of professional ethics, are covered with indemnity insurance, and undertake at least two days of ongoing postgraduate training (continued professional development) every year. Registered practitioners carry the designated letters BTA or BTAA after their name.
To find your nearest practitioner and for details of training courses, visit their website. Bowen Technique.
My therapist Carol Duquemin: Eliviria Medicare Building. Telephone: +34 952 830 493 or alternatively you can email her: Carol Duquemin Email
Bowen Therapy can help a wide range of conditions: