Bowen Technique

What is Bowen Technique?

Bowen is a light touch therapy, suitable for all ages. There is no manipulation or deep tissue work as Bowen works on the Fascia Layer (the structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels and nerves) binding some structures together and allowing others to slide smoothly over each other. By stimulating the fascia, other body tissues are able to get what they need in order to heal, be it nutrients, water or messages from the brain.

Bowen therapists generally use their fingers and thumbs in gentle rolling movements along the muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue on precise points on the body. A distinctive feature of Bowen is that there are pauses between moves, when the therapist will leave the room in order for the body to reset itself and make the changes it requires to start the healing process.

Who offers Bowen at Beehive

Anne Douglas

What can Bowen be used for and how many sessions will I need?

Bowen can be used to help a very wide range of problems. Generally it is recommended that the client has 3 treatments at least 5 days apart, and after that progress is reviewed and further treatments planned if necessary.

Anne always encourages clients to plan maintenance treatments once the initial issue is dealt with. She says this is because people carry on with their previous habits and behaviours, be it gardening, using a computer, driving a lot, carrying a heavy bag on your shoulder and so on. You put your car in for a service once or twice a year, why not for your body?

Where Did Bowen Come From?

The Bowen Technique was developed by Tom Bowen in Australia. Although he never did any formal training, a public enquiry conducted by the State government of Victoria reported that he treated an estimated 13,000 patients a year, with an 80% success rate in symptoms that were associated with a wide range of conditions. Bowen became more widely known outside Australia in the 1980s.

There is a lot of information on Bowen on the internet, including a 2012 YouTube video by Julian Baker, who is head of the College of Bowen Studies. This is where Anne did her training and Julian has done a lot of research over the years on how Bowen works, whilst continuing to develop the technique.


If you have further questions or would like to book a treatment then feel free to contact Anne on 07765 865 238

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