Bowen Therapy Professional Association


What happens during a Bowen treatment?


Bowen Therapist Devon SomersetA treatment lasts between 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on various factors such as the client’s state of health, age and reason for treatment.

The treatment consists of a series of gentle moves, usually with the client lying on a treatment couch, although treatment can also be given seated or standing if necessary.

The treatment involves periods of rest between sets of moves. These rest periods allow the brain to process any messages sent and then relay messages back to the body. Without these pauses the effect would be greatly minimised. This is why a favourite Bowen maxim is ‘less is more’.

Treatment is carried out through light clothing, i.e. t-shirt and loose fitting trousers or shorts.

Short-term (acute) injury is generally resolved in 1-3 Bowen sessions long-standing (Chronic) conditions may take longer. A break of 5 to 10 days is recommended between treatments, giving the body time to react to the information it has been given.

Clients shouldn’t have other forms of hands-on therapies while receiving Bowen, as this can confuse the body and inhibit the healing process.


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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