The Bowen technique is a remarkable healing method. It involves the adjustment of soft tissue in a specific way. The practitioner employs a rolling-type move of the thumbs and forefingers, designed to stimulate the tissue and nerve pathways, creating a focus for the brain.

The basic function of the brain is to receive information from our sensory organs and interpret such information as light, sound, pain and movement. This enables conscious communication within our body.

The Bowen Technique helps the body to realign and rebalance itself, to do what comes naturally. It is a gentle non-invasive therapy that works for everyone, from the young to the elderly.  Bowen is a classic example of the power of ‘less is more’.

There is no manipulation and no force is used or needed.  The work itself consists of light but precise moves over muscles and tendons.  During treatment there are periods when the client is left resting to allow the body to absorb the moves and to make the subtle and fine adjustments which help to relieve tension, reduce pain and initiate the healing process.

Bowen helps long-standing as well as recent musculoskeletal problems, commonly in the back, neck, hips and knees, frozen shoulder, repetitive strain injury, and sport or accident injuries.

In fact, it’s beneficial for a wide range of problems including hay fever, chronic fatigue, depression, stress and menstrual difficulties. Bowen often works where other therapies have not.

How does it work?

Neuroplasticity, the brains ability to regenerate by forming new neural connections, allows the nerve cells in the brain to adjust their activities in response to new situations or changes in their environment. This includes a stimulus through touch. There is something like 600,000 signals that travel from the brain into the body every second and these in turn come back to the brain with information which is then interpreted and sent back out. Whenever we feel, hear, see or even think something, the brain brings in past experience in order to categorise the sensation and create an appropriate response.

In the case of the Bowen move, the brain is unable to do this instantly and needs more information to form a response. As it is, just when the brain is asking for more information, the therapist has left the room, and therefore the brain has to send specific signals to the area in order to gauge a response. If the client is lying down, the immediate response is nearly always rapid and deep relaxation. Clients will also often report that they feel a tingling sensation or warmth in the area just worked on. “It felt like your hands were still on me,” is a common comment.


One of the more difficult elements to come to terms with is how little ‘hands on work’ is done during a session. In addition, the client may well walk out of the treatment room having felt little or no improvement over and above a sense of relaxation.

However, the reactions to Bowen in the days following a treatment can often belie its soft and gentle approach. Stiffness, soreness, headache and feeling like “I’ve been run over by a bus!” are common, demonstrating that the brain and body have started the process of repair. This process, when started, is generally rapid and it is not uncommon for even longstanding pain to be reduced or resolved in two or three treatments.

Although musculoskeletal problems such as frozen shoulder, back and neck pain account for the majority of conditions brought for Bowen treatment, it can also be helpful with more organic problems. Clients have reported significant improvements with asthma, migraines, irritable bowel, infertility and other reproductive problems.

There are no such things in this life as guarantees and this can be said of Bowen as well. If the body responds to the treatment, then it can and will start the process of repair. If it doesn’t respond, then no harm is done.




Consultation & treatment £45

Practitioners: Lucilla Ravenhill

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