What is Bowen?

A short history of Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy


Bowen Therapy was pioneered by and named after Tom Bowen, an Australian born in 1916 who had a profound natural gift for healing who, working in a busy mining town in the mid 20th Century, honed his technique on an incredible 13,000 clients a year. His results were astounding and although he didn’t write his techniques down, he trained several people in his work and these people have, over the last 30 years or so, spread the Bowen Technique throughout the world.

Today there are several schools of Bowen, all based on the principles of Tom’s original teachings and all of which are highly regarded in the Medical, Remedial Therapy and Holistic Professions.

What is Bowen Therapy?

What is Bowen?

Bowen Therapy is a highly effective holistic treatment promoting pain relief, healing and the recovery of energy. Gentle rolling moves through muscles and other soft tissues are performed on various parts of the body with small periods of rest between each set of moves. These ‘rest periods’ allow time for the body to absorb the moves, relax and adjust, helping to relieve tension, reduce pain and initiate the healing process.

Bowen Therapy treats the whole body, and its holistic effects are apparent in patients who often find resolution to problems above and beyond those for which they have sought treatment, for example lack of energy, stress or emotional issues.

Normally only a few weekly sessions are needed to see long-lasting benefits, but occasionally more are required. The number of treatments required often depends on the complexity of the medical history and the person’s lifestyle including stress levels and physicality of their profession or hobbies.

After completing a course of Bowen Treatments clients will often arrange to have a regular top up session (like a service and MOT) which rebalances their body, lowers their stress levels and makes them more able to cope with day-to-day life.

How does Bowen Therapy work?

How it works

Bowen Therapy has its basis on the understanding that the underlying cause or source of many musculoskeletal, neurological and other health problems can often originate in the body’s soft tissue or fascia. As these soft tissues form an interconnected web supporting all bodily functions they have a direct impact on all the body’s systems and their effectiveness.

Bowen uses gentle facial release techniques which stimulate the neural transmitters sending messages to the brain and the effected areas thereby enabling the body to correct dysfunctional systems. This technique encourages the body to realign itself without the need for manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue, and no force is needed.

For further information about Bowen Therapy, please see:

European College of Bowen Studies

Bowen Therapists’ European Register