Where did Bowen originate?

The Bowen Technique was pioneered by Thomas Ambrose Bowen, born in 1916 in Geelong, Australia. After working in miscellaneous labouring jobs as a young man, he developed a great interest in massage and body work and spent time observing football trainers and others involved with sports. By the time he was in his early 40’s, this gifted man had established a full time practice in remedial therapy using the technique he had developed.

In 1978, when he was interviewed by a parliamentary committee looking into complementary medicine, he stated, under oath, that he treated about 280 patients per week with the help of an assistant and a receptionist – an incredible 13,000 patients a year, 88% of whom only required two or three treatment! Mr Bowen died in the early 1980’s but today there are a number of flourishing therapies based on his work.

How does it work?

A Bowen Technique treatment allows the body to reset and heal itself. A treatment will take approximately 45 minutes.

The work consists of several series of gently rolling, connective tissue moves through light-weight clothing (or on skin).

There are frequent important pauses between sets of moves, which give the body time to benefit from each set.

By selecting appropriate combinations and sequences of moves, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole, and/or to target one or more specific problems.

The client usually lies on a bed or bodywork table or, for comfort, in a chair. However, Bowen can be done anywhere.

What Can Bowen technique be considered for?

Accident injuries

Back pain

Bowel problems

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Digestive system

Ear infections



Frozen shoulder

Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length

Hay fever


Knee, ankle and foot problems

Menstrual and hormonal irregularities


Neck/shoulder problems

Respiratory problems




Tennis elbow

How frequent will your treatment be?

Two or three treatments, at weekly intervals, are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief from even long standing pain, although further treatments may sometimes be required.

How will you respond to treatment?

Each person responds differently, at different rates and to different degrees. You will respond according to your own body's ability to heal. In addition, the length of time that the condition has been present can also be a factor in a person’s recovery rate. Bowen Technique addresses the entire body holistically. You may see improvements in conditions that you forget to mention to your practitioner, even if they are located far from where the practitioner touches you.

Should my doctor know?

Should I tell my doctor I am receiving this treatment?

Are there any medical conditions that prevent me from having this treatment ?

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