How does Bowen Therapy work?

When you choose Bowen Therapy you are opting for a holistic healing process which aims to balance your body while addressing pains or injuries.

During your Bowen session, Emma will assess your posture and compensatory patterns.

The overall aim of Bowen Therapy is to increase the chance of your aches and pains staying resolved. Sometimes there is an immediate relief but more often the body repairs and resets itself slowly over days and weeks following the bowen sessions.

There is no one definitive answer for how the Bowen Technique works but it has been shown to impact the body in a number of ways:


The Nervous System

Emma will perform soft tissue Bowen movements in a way which will stimulate the body’s nervous system receptors (proprioceptors). These signals stimulate the body to begin its own healing process by activating the parasympathetic nervous system which encourages the body to relax and muscle tension to ease. It also promotes digestion and with many clients hearing gurgling noises from the stomach.

Connective Tissues

Fascia is connective tissue which is found just beneath the skin. It attaches, stabilises, encloses and separates muscles and other internal organs. It plays a key role in muscle coordination, postural alignment as well as structural and functional integrity. If your fascia is somehow twisted, tight or even dehydrated this can affect your muscles and posture. Bowen therapy works primarily on the superficial fascia helping it untangle and so freeing the muscles which it surrounds.

Lymphatic System

Gentle Bowen movements activate the draining of the lymphatic system which can include the detoxification and stimulation of the immune system.