THE BOWEN TECHNIQUE
This is a gentle muscle-release therapy, named after Thomas Ambrose Bowen, an Australian therapist who died in 1982. Although Tom thought of himself as an osteopath, he did not have formal qualifications in this discipline and was not permitted to use the title. It is clear that he was an immensely gifted therapist, with an amazing ability to "read" the body and put right any imbalances within a very short space of time. At the time of his death, he was seeing as many as 13,000 clients per year, rarely seeing anyone more than once or twice. He shared some of his ideas and methods with six other therapists ("Tom's Boys"), and it is from them that we now have several great therapies, based upon Bowen's life work.
The most commonly taught has become known as "The Bowen Technique", which arrived in the UK around 1993 and is now widely practised. It is a gentle form of therapy, based upon "rolling" moves over muscles and soft tissue. These moves support the body to balance itself, both from a structural point of view and also in terms of its systems. Bowen therapy may be beneficial for muscular aches and pains, as well as providing support for dysfunctions of the digestive, respiratory, circulatory and reproductive systems. The therapist usually performs a short series of moves, and will often leave the room several times during a session. Bowen can be generally performed over light clothing, and a seesion can last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour.
Although it is not normally helpful to have other bodywork therapies, such as deep tissue massage, within a few days of having Bowen Technique, many therapists find that the use of some closely-related therapies enhances the beneficial effects of the Bowen.
The Bowen Technique is used as a support and not a substitute for professional medical care or diagnosis. We do not prescribe or change medication and we strongly advise that you see your GP for medical advice on health issues.