Bowen Therapy is a non-invasive treatment gently applied to the body using thumbs and fingers to reduce pain.

It is a ‘whole person’ approach working with your entire body rather than only focusing on one specific problem or symptom.

Bowen uses a unique rolling type move at the pressure appropriate to you, in order to stimulate a response and release tension. This move does not involve hard adjustments, it is not a flick of muscle or a massage. Instead it uses the skin slack available to move over the underlying muscle, tendon and connective tissue. Each move covers only a small area, defined by how much slack is available for each individual.

The therapist pauses between each set of moves to allow the body to process these signals. These breaks increase the effectiveness of the treatment, therefore providing an effective solution to manage or resolve physical pain and reduce stress.

Treatment can be performed through light clothing so there is no need to undress.

This therapy is relaxing to receive and is suitable for all ages and all types of people.

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How does it work?

Connective tissue networks your whole body into a continuous system. In addition to working with this connective tissue, Bowen also works with your muscles, ligaments, tendons and soft tissue, to stimulate your brain and nervous system.

Each bowen move sends a signal to the brain causing it to assess the area and make any needed changes. As a result of this brain response, there is often an immediate reduction of pain and improvement to the area.

The 'Breaks'

The breaks or pauses are a unique feature to bowen therapy forming an integral and essential part of treatment.

Allowing the body time to rest and respond to the provides opportunity for it to start the process of repair and change. The length of each break is dependant on the client and the work being done at the time.

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Where did it come from?

Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) from Australia, believed in the body’s ability to heal itself if given the right stimulus.

Tom used information and principles from osteopathic, chiropractic and acupuncture disciplines to develop a way of working that became known as The Bowen Technique or Bowen Therapy.

It was introduced to the UK in the 1980s.

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