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THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE

A straightforward no-nonsense remedial therapy that is non-intrusive, gentle and very effective. A Bowen Technique treatment affects the body in ways which promote healing, pain relief and recovery of energy. The experience of the treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing and it is these features which make the Bowen Technique so unique. Osteopaths, chiropractors, sports therapists and physiotherapists are among the many professional practitioners who use the Bowen Technique and all who practice it are continually amazed at the effectiveness of this simple and gentle form of ''hands on'' therapy.

What does a treatment involve?

A Bowen Technique treatment will take approximately 45 minutes and most of the work can be performed through light clothing. Two or three treatments, at weekly intervals, are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief from even long standing pain, although further treatments may sometimes be required. To receive maximum benefit it is recommended that other physical therapies are not mixed with the Bowen Technique e.g. massage, reflexology, physiotherapy etc.

How does it work?

The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points on the body to make rolling type moves which aim to disturb the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body. During the treatment there are periods in which the client is left resting to allow the body to absorb the gentle moves that have been performed. This gives the body time to make the subtle and fine adjustments which help to relieve tension, reduce pain and initiate the healing process.

The Bowen Technique encourages the body to realign itself, there is no manipulation or adjustments of hard tissue and no force is used or needed. The Bowen Technique is not a form of massage.

Where did it originate?

 It was pioneered by Thomas Ambrose Bowen, born in 1916 in Geelong, Australia. After working in miscellaneous labouring jobs as a young man, he developed a great interest in massage and body work and spent time observing football trainers and others involved with sports. By the time he was in his early 40's, this gifted man had established a full time practice in remedial therapy using the technique he had developed. In 1978, when he was interviewed by a parliamentary committee looking into complementary medicine, he stated, under oath, that he treated about 280 patients per week with the help of an assistant and a receptionist - an incredible 13,000 patients a year, 88% of whom only required two or three treatments! Mr. Bowen died in the early 1980's but today there are a number of flourishing therapies based on his work.