Bowen Therapy Professional Association


Frequently asked questions


How many treatments will I need?

This depends on the individual, as we all respond differently. Many people will only need 1-2 treatments; others with more chronic conditions may need more.

Often clients will go on to have maintenance treatments every 6 weeks to 3 months to help prevent further injury and to fight stress. Although many simply return as and when they feel they need to.

Do I need to have a health problem to have a treatment?

No it is not necessary to have a particular area of concern to have a treatment. Many people come for a treatment simply to relax and de-stress or to get a general feeling of balance throughout the body. Some people find they get unexpected relief from conditions they had not mentioned when coming for treatment, such as: IBS, respiratory problems, hay fever, migraine.

Can I have treatment if I am having therapy elsewhere?

It is best not to have other hands on therapy treatments the week following a Bowen treatment. Your body needs time to respond to the treatment it has received.

How can Bowen assist in reducing stress?

Our body needs balance and homeostasis to be able to function efficiently. Without this our bodily functions and psychological state are in chaos and in this state, toxins and free radicals accumulate in the body and feelings of anxiety, stress, aggression or depression are common. An unhealthy and unbalanced body influences our psychological behaviour and makes it difficult to adjust to the changing environment around us. This leads us to feel the effects of stress.

Bowen, by rebalancing the functions of the body and stimulating the nervous, muscular, circulatory and detoxification systems, allows the body to regain homeostasis, so that regeneration of the body tissues becomes much easier. As the body becomes better able to rid itself of harmful toxins and muscle tension is released, stress is reduced.

Do you do evening or weekend appointments?

Yes, I can do treatments on a Monday and Wednesday evening and Saturday mornings, if you are unavailable in the day during the week.

Do I have to take my clothes off?

No, most treatment can be carried out through light clothing.

Can I have treatment if I am pregnant?

It is important to tell your therapist that you are pregnant as some procedures must not be carried out during certain stages of pregnancy. As long as this has been discussed Bowen is not only safe but very beneficial in relieving back pain. Pregnancy is one of the situations where Bowen can be used daily if necessary as the body is continually changing.

Is Bowen a safe treatment for children and babies?

The Bowen technique can be very effective when used on children. It can be applied very gently and remain extremely effective. Childhood problems that may respond to Bowen include: Asthma / respiratory problems, eczema, hyper-activity, low-immunity, ear infections and bed wetting.

Is Bowen therapy safe for the elderly?

Yes, since massage and other more aggressive methods can sometimes be painful or may even cause bruising and injury to elderly clients, the gentle touch of Bowen is ideal. Bowen therapy is very therapeutic and may assist in cases of depression, grief and loneliness as well as many chronic health problems.

How long is a treatment?

A treatment lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the client and their particular needs.

What if I need to cancel an appointment?

At least 24 hours notice is preferable when cancelling an appointment.



Elizabeth Bond, Bowen therapist in Devon and Somerset. Bowen Technique, Bowen Therapy and Bowen describe the light touch therapy devised by Tom Bowen in Australia. Bowen Therapy is holistic, treating the whole patient, not just symptoms and has been reported to be effective for conditions such as low back pain, sciatica, headache, migraine, asthma, shoulder pain, neck problems, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, RSI and other musculo-skeletal conditions. Bowen Therapy can often have a relaxing effect which may help people suffering from tension or stress syndromes.

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