Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Bowen Therapy?
The Bowen Therapy is a very effective, drug-free, gentle, non-invasive remedial therapy. It releases stress at a very deep level, and then stimulates the body to realign, addressing imbalances in functions and chemical composition, and as far as possible restoring homeostasis.
How does Bowen work?
Research shows that from the very first Bowen moves, the body and mind relax almost into sleep. This depth of relaxation allows the body to respond to the brain’s command to search for imbalances in the system and make the necessary adjustments to correct disorders. The moves also relieve pain, release energy, reduce tension, increase blood supply, improve lymphatic drainage, release toxins, and so much more.
How did the Bowen Therapy get its name?
The technique is named after Tom Bowen(1916–1982), He started by treating the injuries, aches and pains of local sportsmen, friends and family and colleagues in Geelong, Australia. He had a particular interest in bad backs. He pioneered the therapy at his clinic in Australia during the 1960s.
What is the treatment like?
Using fingers and thumbs on precise points of your body, small rolling type moves are made over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue. The body is left to rest for short periods (of a few minutes) in between sets of Bowen moves, to allow the body to absorb the information it has received and initiate its healing process. The touch is light and gentle, not manipulative, and is suitable for anyone. If preferred, Bowen can be performed through light clothing. A Bowen treatment is generally pleasant to receive, and many clients become so relaxed that they fall asleep during the treatment.
Does Bowen therapy hurt?
Bowen therapy consists of gentle moves on precise points in the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for the individual being treated. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.
Is Bowen therapy safe?
Yes. There are no violent twists, cracks or crunches. Bowen is practiced with great success on people of all ages, from new-born babies to the very elderly.
How many Bowen treatments will I need?
This varies from person to person, because everyone responds differently but, on average, it is recommended that a client commits to three sessions, ideally 7 days apart. Some problems need more treatments and some even fewer, but you will not be required to have a long course of treatment, only to find that it hasn’t helped. Although there are never any promises, you should in most cases start to see change fairly quickly.
Will the effects of my Bowen therapy last?
Bowen’s “ace card” is that conditions successfully treated will usually not return unless re-injury occurs. Rapid and long-lasting results are common, and many conditions that have failed to respond to other treatments are found to respond very well to Bowen.
Will I have to undress for treatment?
No, Bowen can be administered through a thin layer of clothing if preferred, with no loss of efficacy.
Do I need to bring anything?
Just yourself and a list of any medication you are taking
What happens at the initial consultation?
I will take notes on your past history and medication along with the condition that has bought you for Bowen. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any further questions you may have concerning Bowen.
How long does a Bowen session take?
A Bowen treatment usually last for between 45 – 60 mins, the first visit could take just over an hour due to an initial consultation.
What about my medication?
I will never change, reduce, or recommend that you stop taking, medication that your doctor has prescribed for you, and will always refer you back to your doctor for advice on this matter.
Can I mix Bowen with other therapies?
Other therapies can interfere with the potential benefits of Bowen therapy by confusing the body’s response and inhibiting the healing process. So it is recommended that you refrain from other hands-on therapies during the period that you are having Bowen treatments.
Will a Bowen therapist diagnose my condition?
No, Bowen is not a diagnostic therapy. Your GP will be the only person to diagnose.
Is Bowen therapy expensive?
No. Because it often achieves positive results very quickly, and success rates are high with conditions that are normally difficult and expensive to treat, Bowen is recognised as a very cost-effective treatment.