Bowen Therapy:  A gentle and effective treatment for pain relief and balancing the body.

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy is a holistic, gentle and effective physical hands-on technique that aims to treat the cause of joint pain, muscle issues, sports injuries, and ongoing and intermittent pain.  It is also very helpful in assisting with balancing hormones, improving fertility, improving sleep quality and relieving stress, relaxing and balancing the body.  The practitioner applies gentle rolling-type moves using the thumbs and fingers on precise anatomical points on the body, usually over muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.  The technique has a specific effect on the fascia, which is the soft connective tissue surrounding muscles, muscle fibers and organs and creates a network in the body.  Each move the practitioner makes at specific locations on the body delivers signals to the nervous system. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue.

During treatment there are short breaks between groups of moves allowing the body to rest and to give it time to respond and accept the information received.  These short rest periods are an important part of the treatment and gives the body the chance to make adjustments, re-balance and relieve tension.  Following treatment it can take up to 48 hours for the treatment to take effect and four days for the body to start the healing process.  In most cases, there is immediate relief after the first treatment.

Outcomes from Bowen Therapy treatment range from long-term rapid relief and permanent remission, to significant improvement in mobility, stress, pain and general well-being.  Many recipients of Bowen Therapy report having a good night's sleep after a Bowen treatment and often have increased energy, improved circulation and feeling more balanced.

On-going research has demonstrated that the Bowen Technique is helpful in alleviating back and neck pain, reduce headaches, resolve frozen shoulder, reduce pain in fibromyalgia patients and improve flexibility.  As research continues in this amazing technique, further evidence will emerge to strengthen and consolidate its effectiveness and usefulness in general health and wellness.  

Where did the Bowen Technique originate?

The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950s by the late Thomas (Tom) Ambrose Bowen of Geelong, Australia. He continued to develop and refine the technique throughout his lifetime.  Mr. Bowen had a very busy clinic in Geelong, performing thousands of treatments per year before retiring.

Today, the Bowen Technique is known throughout the world and continues to gain popularity and recognition as an effective treatment.


What does a Bowen treatment involve?

An initial Bowen session takes approximately 60 to 75 minutes, which includes a full body assessment and treatment. The majority of the Bowen moves can be performed through light, loose clothing.  Although, you may be asked to remove thick or heavy garments and a light sarong may be used to cover any exposed areas.  Some Bowen moves are better performed directly on skin. During the session the practitioner will perform groups of gentle movements with breaks of 2 to 5 minutes (sometimes longer) in between each group of moves allowing your body to respond before commencing the next sequence of moves. 


Follow-up treatments should be re-scheduled 7 to 10 days and takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes, depending on your presenting condition.  Usually three (3) treatments at weekly intervals are sufficient to achieve lasting relief, although further treatments maybe required (especially for long-term chronic conditions such as a long-standing injury).  In long standing conditions, the body has a "memory" of the trauma and therefore requires at least two to three treatments in order to re-set that memory and allow the body to build a new memory of where it should be - the new normal that is back in balance. The Bowen practitioner will discuss with you what is appropriate for your specific needs.

What can Bowen do for you?

The Bowen Technique can be used safely for people of all ages and abilities, including new born babies and the elderly.  Bowen can be considered for the following:

  • Neck and Back pain or restrictions

  • Sciatica

  • Digestive problems

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • TMJ (jaw) pain and related issues

  • Earache, Tinnitus and Sinus

  • Shoulder (including Frozen Shoulder), Elbow and Wrist

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)

  • Respiratory and Hayfever problems

  • Pelvic, Knee, Ankle and Foot problems

  • Sports and Accident injuries

  • Stress and Tension

  • Menstrual and hormonal irregularities

  • Children: colic, bed wetting and postural problems

If you're in need for some pain relief, then book an appointment right now.