Rae Bowen Therapy

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Reducing Pain, Stiffness, Stress & Anxiety

Bowen Technique

What is the Bowen Technique?

bowen technique back painThe Bowen Technique (also known as Bowen Therapy) is a drug-free hands-on therapy which restores balance in the body. This in turn helps to relieve tension and reduce pain and stiffness.

Bowen works on the soft tissues of the body; muscle, tendon, ligament and most importantly the connective tissue known as fascia. Bowen uses a gentle pressure to stimulate the tissue and the many nerve cells within it to let go of tension.

Our bodies are constantly trying to heal and repair themselves to maintain a natural stability known as homeostasis but injuries, illness, poor posture and stress sometimes make this difficult.

The Bowen Technique acts as a catalyst to promote healing and achieve balance. It’s very gentle to receive and involves no deep pressure or manipulations which make it a very safe and painless way to achieve relief. In short, this means lower pain levels, less stiffness and a reduction in the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

What can the Bowen Technique do for you?

bowen therapy rsiThe Bowen Technique aims to balance the whole person and not just the presenting symptoms.  Often, a pain we feel could be stemming from somewhere else in the body, or the particular way we hold emotional stress in our system leads to physical discomfort. A Bowen session will consider all these variations and connections rather than a narrow focus on just the one area.

This all-over approach allows Bowen to re-balance the whole person i.e.

  • the physical body with its aches and pains, both recent and long-standing and
  • the mind with its array of stress, overwhelm, anxiety and emotional ups and downs and trauma that modern life puts us through

Bowen’s gentle nature and holistic outlook make it suitable for everybody. Over the years I’ve seen the widest range of people imaginable; from just about every walk of life, with all levels of physical health, with all levels of mental health and across the spectrum of neurodiversity. We are all unique and no-one has the same history of injuries, surgeries, illnesses, trauma and emotional experiences. A Bowen session will be tailored entirely to your needs which means, if you’re wondering if Bowen could be for you, the answer is likely to be Yes.

Although as Bowen practitioners we don’t diagnose conditions and we’re looking beyond the immediate, people do come for treatment for a reason. I’ve seen so many  different presentations whilst working with Bowen and have testimonials for a selection of them Here . There are hundreds more on the Testimonials page of my professional association: The Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA).

If you’re interested in delving a little deeper into what Bowen is proven to do, there are been several published research papers and public studies across the world looking into specific areas. They are, of course, not the only benefits to Bowen and represent a small subset of reasons people may seek out treatment. Rather, they are just the areas that researches have chosen to investigate so far and they have a tendency to focus on the physical. Sadly it costs many £millions to run large scale research studies but we can hope that one day this will become a very real prospect for complementary therapies in general.

There are a number of published research papers which show that Bowen can:

  • improve hamstring flexibility
  • help children with cerebral palsy to improve muscle flexibility and co-ordination
  • be an effective treatment for chronic myofascial neck pain
  • provide a short-term reduction in pain in people with chronic pain in multiple locations
    be effective in improving the muscular ability of children with developmental co-ordination disorder
  • be effective in treating non-specific lumbar spine pain syndromes
  • be an effective adjunct to conventional physiotherapy treatment for acute trapezitis
  • benefit people with a longstanding history of ‘frozen shoulder’

In additional to the above, there have also been a myriad informal studies which have shown that people may benefit from receiving Bowen Therapy to tackle symptoms including:

  • asthma
  • back pain
  • knee pain & ankle pain (study undertaken together)
  • migraine
  • shoulder pain & neck pain (study undertaken together)

All the information and links regarding the research above is freely available on the BTPA’s Research page .

As well as the primary reason people come for treatment, lots of people report that they feel calmer, more able to cope with stress and have improved mood, sleep & energy levels after receiving Bowen.  Many clients continue to come for top up sessions a few times a year as a means of stress management and health maintenance. Stopping imbalances before they set in is a great strategy for long term health.

What can you expect during a Bowen session?

bowen frozen shoulderThe Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and non-invasive.  Most of the therapy is performed while you are lying down in a comfortable position. If you find lying down difficult or uncomfortable it can easily be adapted to a seated or standing position.

Bowen can be performed through light clothing or directly on the skin. It involves a series of very precise rolling type moves performed in sequence over soft tissue. There is no hard or prolonged pressure and most people find the technique extremely relaxing. This in itself is very beneficial to us and our ability to heal.

At several points during the session you will be left resting. This allows your body time to interpret the moves and start the healing process. This process often continues for several days afterwards when small adjustments and re-alignments may occur as the re-balancing takes effect. I therefore recommend avoiding any other type of physical therapy for at least 4 days following a Bowen appointment so as not to interfere with this process.

There is no fixed course or standard approach as everybody’s needs are different but I would usually recommend for you to plan on 3 or 4 sessions to be able to confidently assess its effectiveness.

Most people will notice benefits after this time but Bowen cannot wave a magic wand. If you’ve been struggling with something for several months or years, it’s going to take time to resolve and additional sessions are likely to be required.

Responses do vary greatly from person to person. We are all different and even two identical presenting symptoms will have different underlying physical and emotional tensions. Give your body time to balance and this will produce the best results.

Want to know more?

If The Bowen Technique sounds like something you want to know more about, then please do get in touch today.
Give me a ring, drop me an email or use my Contact page to send a message.

Rachael Cavanagh – 07762 627940