What is Bowen Therapy?

Developed in Australia by Tom Bowen in the 1950s, Bowen Therapy (or Bowen Technique) is a gentle, remedial therapy that stimulates the body to re-balance itself, promoting healing, pain relief and the recovery of energy.

The therapist makes a series of very delicate, precisely placed moves with fingers and thumbs which roll over the soft tissue and stimulate the nervous system. A unique feature of Bowen is the intervals of rest between moves which allow the brain to assimilate the nerve messages and begin the process of healing.

Put simply, Bowen Therapy makes people feel better. Whether they are infants, elderly, disabled or very fit, this amazing healing technique re-balances the body to function more efficiently, facilitating healing and well-being in body and mind.


Bowen Therapy is so gentle, it is appropriate for all ages and stages of health from babies to the most frail and elderly. It can help a wide range of chronic physical and mental conditions including:

  • back and neck pain
  • sciatica
  • frozen shoulder
  • headaches and migraines
  • knee and hamstring injuries
  • sports injuries
  • pregnancy issues
  • infant colic
  • RSI and Carpel Tunnel syndrome
  • tinnitus
  • chronic fatigue
  • stress and anxiety
  • arthritis
  • fibromyalgia
  • kidney function
  • IBS and digestive problems
  • asthma and respiratory problems
  • insomnia


Is Bowen Therapy like osteopathy or chiropractic treatments?

No, Bowen Therapy is a powerful and effective hands-on technique but it is very gentle and does not involve any manipulation or cracking of joints. That’s why it is often used to treat elderly people and babies.

What should I wear?

Bowen Therapy is performed through light clothing, so please just wear something loose-fitting and comfortable.

How long does a treatment take?

Treatments will usually last from 45 minutes to an hour.

I am pregnant. Can I have Bowen Therapy?

Yes, most definitely. Most Bowen procedures can be carried out safely during pregnancy and can help provide relief from lower back-pain, breathlessness, heartburn, morning sickness, as well as opening up the pelvis in preparation for childbirth. Click here for more information.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.

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“I had three sessions with Christian, going into it with an open mind (ie zero expectations!). To my astonishment the treatment had a dramatic effect almost straight away. Not only did I experience a surge in energy and physical strength, but – better still – a feeling of residual numbness and discomfort in my lower left leg, which started after an injury a few years back and never went away, completely vanished and has not returned.” Alison P.

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