Rae Bowen Therapy

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

About Me

Rachael Cavanagh

How it started:

I came to complementary therapies in my late 20s and can honestly say it changed my life. I had been very ill in my late teens with a double whammy of glandular fever and hepatitis. This combination floored my immune system and for many years after I suffered poor health.

Unsurprisingly, this time was pretty stressful and soon led to a spell of depression. The spiral continued and the depression led on to a raft of physical aches and pains. All worsened by my having hyper mobile joints. These are joints that move beyond a normal range and this causes frequent tweaks, pulls and minor injuries.

The way out:

It took many years to unwind all the stuff going on in my body. Despite everything, I look back with gratitude. I was lucky enough to discover so many forms of therapy: physical, talking, herbal and natural. They all played their part and I still continue with regular therapy sessions to this day. The two therapies that I found really amazing were Reflexology and The Bowen Technique.

Both therapies worked wonders for me and the seed was sown. I was drawn to them in part because of how they work on two levels i.e. the physical and the emotional. For most people, me included, it is impossible to separate out what’s happening physically from where we’re at emotionally.

Time for a change of direction in life and in 2003 I qualified in Reflexology followed by the Bowen Technique in 2010. Having worked with the therapies part-time for years I took the leap to become a full time therapist at the beginning of 2016.

What now:

In any one week I see clients with purely physical injury and musculoskeletal pain and also clients with depression, anxiety or overwhelm. Both can experience great results from the same therapy. We are all interconnected on many levels and our bodies are not a separate entity to our minds. Therapies that consider this holistic view will always continue to fascinate me.

By specialising in just two I have been able to gain a deeper understanding of each therapy: their strengths, their application and the results they achieve.  Both tap into the body’s innate ability to heal itself. This is something our bodies are constantly trying to do but sometimes need a helping hand.

Talk to me:

If you have any queries or just want to chat about whether complementary therapy can help you, please do get in touch.  Take a look at my Contacts page to see all the ways you can do so and check out my Clinic information to see where I am in Ilkley and how easy it is to get to.

Qualification Details:

  • Certificate of Proficiency as an Accredited Practitioner of The Bowen Technique issued by the European College of Bowen Studies (now the College of Bowen Studies)
  • Diploma in Reflexology with Distinction by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC)
  • Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology Theory with Credit by ITEC
  • Emergency First Aid at Work certificate

Post Graduate:

By specialising in just the two main therapies, it has allowed me to focus my time and attention on them and each year I undertake Continuing Professional Development in both, most notably:

  • Lymphatics Unlocked – techniques to stimulate optimum functioning of the body’s lymphatic system, key for addressing the whole body
  • Cranio Bowen – linking Bowen moves to working with the natural flow of the Cranio Sacral Fluid to correct imbalances
  • Spinal workshop – Bowen techniques to release the whole spinal column of tension and a detailed look at the influence of the central nervous system to pain & also hot flushes
  • Fascia Bowen – an even lighter touch form of Bowen specifically aimed at fatigued and overloaded systems
  • Bowen Therapy for the lower limbs – focusing on imbalance of the knees & ankles and the impact this can have on the lower back
  • Shoulder and Pelvic Bowen workshops – focusing on stiff & frozen shoulders and lower back, hip or thigh pain
  • Bowen Therapy Neurological – application of the technique for neurological conditions and neural referred symptoms such as numbness and pins & needles
  • Body Reading – Observation of Functional Movement i.e. how we move and inter-connect
  • Bowen Therapy for TMJ & Respiratory – focusing on neck and jaw pain and releasing the breathing
  • Practitioner Development workshops for Bowen therapists
  • Fertility and Maternity Reflexology – balancing the body ahead of conception or through pregnancy
  • Lymphatic Drainage through Reflexology
  • Advanced Reflexology techniques
  • Reflexology in Palliative care
  • Muscle Energy Techniques – gentle stretching techniques

Professional Registration:

  • Member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), the UK’s largest professional association for therapists, who ensure their practitioners are qualified, professional and insured.
    The FHT also provide national standards in training, thus ensuring that any therapist joining their ranks has been trained to an appropriate level. Members are required to undertake yearly Continuing Professional Development and to adhere to a strict Code of Conduct.


  • BTPA membership markMember of the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA), the largest professional association of Bowen Technique therapists in the UK. The BTPA also operates a strict Code of Conduct for their members and sets high standards for ongoing Continuing Professional Development.


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