What is Bowen Therapy?

What is Bowen Therapy?

The Bowen Technique is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy. It is sometimes called the ‘Homeopathy of bodywork’.

It utilises small but measured inputs to the body stimulating the body to heal itself, often profoundly.

Bowen therapy usually results in the relief of many specific injuries and other health problems both acute and chronic. It does so holistically, by using the body’s innate healing mechanisms.

The practitioner delivers signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles,tendons, ligaments, or nerves), and the body does the rest, responding in its own time, as it is able.

While there are a few, very specific situations in which a particular  ‘procedure’ is contraindicated, the Bowen technique is appropriate to use for individuals of all ages and in all degrees of health.


Rather than focusing on a single complaint, the Bowen technique addresses the entire body, by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over stimulation (‘fight, flight or freeze mode’). Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (‘ rest, relax and repair mode’). The Bowen technique seems to catalyse that shift.

During sessions, clients often quickly drop into deep relaxation or fall asleep, and loud peristalsis is often heard.

Both of these changes are indications of a profound release from stress and a shift  towards parasympathetic dominance.

This shift could explain, in part, the common observation that Bowen sessions seem to reactivate the recovery process in situations where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.

Bowtech Session

A Bowtech ‘session’ involves one or more ‘procedures’,  each of which consists of several sets of  ‘moves’. Between each set of moves, the practitioner pauses for as many minutes as are needed for the client’s body to begin responding. After the nervous system begins to adjust the tension level in the muscles, the client is ready for the next set of moves.

In contrast to other hands-on disciplines, where the practitioner imposes correction on the client through the technique performed, the Bowen technique allows the body to heal itself with minimal intervention.