Bowen allows the body to reset and heal itself. A Bowen session consists of a series of gently moves on skin (or through light clothing), with the client usually lying on a bed or treatment couch . A session usually lasts from half an hour to an hour and frequently results in a deep sense of overall relaxation, allowing the body to recharge and balance itself.

The Bowen Technique encourages a gentle response which empowers the body’s own resources to heal itself. Bowen moves are, in themselves, a study in delicacy, being light, gentle and very precise . The Bowen Technique is not necessarily a ‘long-term’ program. Most clients find that a small number of sessions are adequate even for long-standing complaints.

How does Bowen Work?

Simply stated, the Bowen Technique allows the body to reset and heal itself.  The work consists of a series of gently rolling, connective tissue moves.  There are frequent important pauses between these moves which give the body time to benefit from each set.  By combining moves, both in placement and in combination, the practitioner is able to address the body as a whole , or target a specific problem.  A unique tool of the Bowen practitioner is ‘tissue tension sense,’ meaning that the practitioner is able to discern stress build-up in muscle groups and then utilize Bowen moves to release that stress.


Bowen aims to balance and stimulate energy flows, frequently resulting in a deep sense of overall relaxation.  The restorative process begins once the body is relaxed and continues as the body allows.  Healing seems to occur by affecting the body’s autonomic nervous system which creates homeostasis at the cellular level. Bowen is referred to as a ‘complementary’ modality.  This means it will enhance and complement, not interfere, with other medical attention.  However, other manipulative therapies done immediately after a Bowen session can undermine the effectiveness of the continuing Bowen work.

Bowen is Holistic

Bowen may very well be one of the single most important tools we have to facilitate healing of the whole body.  The moves bring about incredible results by penetrating to a deep cellular level, incorporating the body’s unique ability to heal itself. With the release of toxins and old patterning, the moves begin to accomplish holistic balance almost immediately.  Since Bowen addresses the body as a whole unit rather than just the presenting symptoms, it embraces the physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving Bowen.


The Bowen practitioner is merely a catalyst, setting the stimulus in motion for the body to heal itself.  Because the human body is so amazing, self healing can be achieved with minimal outside influence. A Bowen session, whether to address a specific problem or maintain a healthy body, is the essence of simplicity.

Can The Bowen Technique help me?

Bowen Technique practitioners around the world report:

– safe to use on anyone from new-born babies to the elderly
– no vigorous manipulation used
– substantial relief is frequently achieved after only one session
– rapid and lasting relief of conditions
– reduced physical, emotional and mental stress
– improvement in conditions from sports injuries to chronic and organic complaints
– improved joint mobility
– improved circulation of lymphatic and venous fluids
– improved elimination of toxins
– improved assimilation of nutrients
– empowering of the body’s own natural resources to heal itself

What should I expect during a Bowen Technique Session?

Questions about your health history and reason for visit are necessary for the practitioner to find out
if there are any aspects of the work that are contraindicated, what will be the best procedures to apply,
how much of the work your body is able to assimilate positively.

Hands on work usually last between 30 and 45 minutes
Bowen can be applied through loose clothing or directly on skin.
It is recommended you wear loose clothing to Bowen sessions
Application of the technique involves stimulation of precise points on the body – but only gentle pressure is applied
Points are stimulated in groups of 2 – 8 at a time and there is a 2 minute pause between application of points.
This pause allows the body time to assimilate the work. Points generally progress from the torso of the body outward. In most first sessions points will be used on the
additional points are added in areas where symptoms are located.

Further sessions involves stimulation of points throughout the body.
During a Bowen session most people experience a profound sense of relaxation and loosening of muscle tension.

Following the session it will be recommended that you:

– return for another session in approximately 7 days
– avoid other hands on therapy during the course of Bowen Technique
– walk for a short time after the Bowen session
– drink at least 6 – 8 glasses of water each day during the course of Bowen sessions
– don’t sit in one position for long periods of time on the day of treatment.

What Results should I expect from a Bowen Session?

Most people report relief of symptoms following their first session.
Results will vary based on your condition.
Changes made through Bowen Technique are generally long lasting.
Most people report relief of symptoms in addition to the conditions for which they sought relief.
Occasionally Detoxification sensation are felt in the days following treatment.

How many Sessions will I need?

Most conditions are effectively changed in fewer than 3 – 5 sessions.
Muscular skeletal symptoms generally change very quickly.
Some chronic or organic conditions may require ongoing maintenance sessions.
Many people choose to have monthly maintenance sessions once initial complaints are addressed.

There are no situations where Bowen Technique cannot be applied safely.
Certain procedures are avoided in some situations.

Detoxification reactions:
Bowen Technique encourages proper functioning of all body systems including those responsible for elimination of toxins.
Occasionally people feel detoxification reactions. These can include sensations of:
– Aching muscles
– Mild nausea
– Mild headaches
– Changes in temperature sensations
– Minor changes in elimination
– Increased elimination of toxins without negative sensations is encouraged by increased water intake

Detoxification will only occur when your body has stored unnecessary materials.
Your body functions more effectively when these toxins have been released.