What can Bowen Therapy treat?

Bowen is a holistic remedial body technique. A practitioner works on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. Bowen therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems including acute sports injuries and chronic or organic conditions. Some of the conditions Bowen Therapy is said to help include;

  • Back pain
  • Neck problems
  • Sciatica
  • Diverticulitis
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Digestive problems
  • Poor mobility
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Fluid retention
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Hayfever
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sinus issues
  • Menstrual problems
  • Knee, hip and pelvic misalignment
  • Fibromyalgia

While Bowen will not cure many conditions like fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and diverticulitis, it can certainly help to ease the symptoms helping to improve your quality of life every day.

What can I expect during a treatment?

Ideally the first 15-20 minutes of a treatment session are spent with the client lying face down on a flat massage table while the therapist works on the back muscles.  The client then lies on their back for the rest of the session to allow the front of the body to be treated – these include the pelvis, diaphragm, knees, ankles,neck and shoulders.  Multiple times during a session the therapist will leave the room for 2-4 minutes at a time to allow the body to relax and give it time to respond to the treatment.  Your body will be covered with a blanket over all areas except the small area being worked on each time.

How long does an appointment last?

Appointments generally last one hour. The first appointment may last a little longer.  The cost is £45 per session.

How many treatments do I need?

We recommend three treatments initially – each one being five to 10 days apart. After that some people feel they don’t need further treatment while others like to have a maintenance schedule of one session usually every four to six weeks. People suffering from more chronic pain are likely to need more sessions as pain that has been present for months and years may take longer to resolve.

What do I wear?

Bowen Therapy is more effective when done directly on the skin, with modest underwear but the client can also choose to wear light, loose clothing. You can opt for shorts and a vest top for example. When the body rests you will notice your temperature normally drops so we provide blankets for your comfort.

Will I suffer any side effects?

Again this depends on the individual. Some people have reported having a dull headache but not everyone. For 24 hours after the treatment you may feel quite tired and any aches may feel slightly worse during that time. This is a good sign though that the body is paying attention and changes are happening.

Are there any instructions for after a treatment session?

You should drink plenty of water in the days after your bowen treatment as this helps to flush out the lymphatic system. Do not do any tough exercise for 24 hours but do get up and walk around at least once every half hour as this also assists in the movement of fluid and lymph around the body. It is best not to undergo any other form of physical therapy for a week after bowen therapy as it can confuse the body. Examples include massage, physiotherapy, dry needling, acupuncture, ice/heat packs and ultrasound. Please do continue with any treatments and medication your doctor has prescribed.

Is the Bowen technique like any other forms of physical treatment?

Bowen technique and Bow-tech use a very similar approach to treatment.  It originated from osteopathy and it could be said Bowen has some parallels with massage therapy as it also aims to relax the body’s soft connective tissue.