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The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950’s by Australian Tom Bowen. Training courses in Mr Bowen’s technique were first offered in the late 1980’s in Australia and came to the UK in 1993.

Juliet Wilson has been practising the Bowen therapy since 1997. Juliet’s original training was with the Australian Academy of Bowen Studies when she trained with `Ossie Rentsch who worked directly with Tom Bowen. He is the only person to have worked so extensively with Tom who taught him all his procedures. Juliet has subsequently also studied advanced Bowen with other European and Australian teachers. Whilst in Romania 2006/7 she taught the Bowen therapy voluntarily at the Orthopaedic hospital in Bucharest to a group of interested physiotherapists and an orthopaedic surgeon.

The Bowen Technique at the Natural Medicine Centre in Totnes

What to expect and how it works

It is a remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied using very gentle pressure. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform a unique sets of rolling-type moves which stimulate the muscles fascia and soft tissue of the body. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. The whole experience during a treatment is gentle, subtle and restful. It is believed that the Bowen Technique allows the body to reset, repair and rebalance itself. Patients experience the relief of pain and improvement of muscular function and recovery of energy. If necessary it is possible to wear light clothing throughout the procedure.

What can the Bowen Technique help?

Almost everything can respond well to the Bowen treatment, including:
Back pain
Shoulder pain
Knee & wrist pain
Curvature of the spine
Sports injuries
Tennis elbow
Frozen shoulder

The Bowen Technique at the Natural Medicine Centre in Exeter

What Does It Treat?

What responds well to the Bowen Technique? Almost everything can respond well to Bowen treatment.

The Bowen Technique is a non-intrusive hands-on therapy. The technique is based on the theory that gentle moves over precise points of the body can prompt the body’s innate ability to relieve pain, restriction and imbalance without the need for deep, manipulative or forceful treatment. Bowen practitioners work holistically.

The average number of treatments people have is three to four. There are always exceptions to any rule, and some people will need further or even on-going treatment.

One of the most common complaints for which people seek Bowen treatment is back pain. Painful and restricted shoulders and neck pain are frequently solved with the Bowen technique as well as respiratory conditions.

Bowen also treats asthma, sciatica, migraine, curvature of the spine.

Bowen is also being widely used for sports injuries. Sportsmen report fewer injuries when treated regularly.

PLEASE NOTE: The Bowen Technique should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice.

Natural Medicine Devon is not a substitute for your regular health care practitioner who should always be consulted about your condition.