How does BOWEN work?

There are many theories about the physiological mechanisms by which the Bowen Technique brings about the results for which it is famous. In addition to the rebalancing of the ANS, described earlier, Bowtech moves and procedures may reset the body to heal itself by activating, through the nervous and endocrine systems among others, the following mechanisms:

  • Stretch reflex: Most moves are done either at the origin, insertion or belly of muscles where receptors are located, informing the nervous system on the state of tension, length or stretch in the musculotendinous tissue. These receptors are stimulated during the 'challenge' and the 'rolling' part of the Bowen move which changes the stimulus received by the nervous system. This can change a pain/muscle spasm loop.
  • Joint proprioceptors: All moves done around a joint directly affect the joint capsule and ligaments that are richly innervated with proprioceptors. Here again, stimulus will be received by the nervous system, inviting normalization of the joint function without the need for forceful manipulation. Research (Carter, Bernie, 2002, 'Clients experiences of frozen shoulder and its treatment with Bowen technique', Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, v. 8, pp. 204-210) has confirmed increases in the range of motion in restricted joints.
  • Fascia: Each Bowen move is done at the level of the superficial fascia and affects the relationship between the fascia and the nerve, muscle or tendon being mobilized. Fascia plays a major role in muscle co-ordination, postural alignment and overall structural and functional integrity. All of these are negatively affected when the fascia stiffens, contracts, torques or dehydrates. Following a Bowtech session it is not uncommon to see adhesions loosen up, scar tissue soften and posture and mobility improve without harsh mobilization or stretching.
  • Segmental viscerosomatic spinal reflexes: Several Bowtech moves engage these reflexes. They produce referred reactions to the internal organs through stimulation of the skin, muscles and nerves.
  • Harmonic vibration or resonance model: Bowenwork moves set up vibrational patterns which bring the body back into balance and harmony.
  • Lymphatics: Some Bowtech procedures activate draining of the lymphatic system stimulating the immune system.
  • Detoxification is often initiated during a Bowen session, thereby improving the body's ability to function at a cellular level.

What is BOWEN Technique used for?

Bowtech can be beneficial in a wide range of situations. It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending upon each individual's capacity to heal. Many clients report that Bowtech is THE most relaxing modality they have ever experienced.

Some of the conditions that often respond favorably to Bowenwork are:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Digestive and bowel problems
  • Earache and TMJ problems
  • Migraines and other types of headaches
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
  • Menstrual and hormonal Irregularities
  • Neck and shoulder problems (including 'frozen shoulder')
  • Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
  • Respiratory problems and hay fever
  • RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
  • Sports and other traumatic injuries

Learning BOWEN

Learning Bowen involves completing 7 x 2 day modules.

  • Modules 1 to 6 cover all aspects of training with Module 7 as the Accreditation Assessment Module.
  • Repeat and assessment of Module 7 is Module 8.
  • Advanced Bowen ( Module 9)
  • Specialized Bowen Procedure SPB1 & Assessment of Specialized Bowen Procedure SPB1 ( Mod 10)
  • Specialized Bowen Procedure SPB2 & Master class ( Mod 11)
  • Assessment of Specialized Bowen Procedure SPB2 ( Mod 12)
  • Pre-requisite to qualify as a BOWEN PRACTITIONER:
  1. One must have completed a minimum of 180 hours of Anatomy and Physiology prior to Module 7, the Accreditation Module (you can start learning along with the Bowen training)
  2. Possess a current First Aid Certificate, Business and Communication skills or Work experience/ how to manage a practice.

Accreditation Certificate to practice BOWEN will be issued by the Bowen Academy of Australia upon completion of the above including Module 7 and 100 clinic hours and 10 case studies. Specialised levels then follow after mod 8 as mentioned above.

Please check our TRAINING section regularly to know when the Course dates are announced.

A typical BOWEN session

A typical Bowen Technique session generally lasts from 15 to 45 minutes. Clients usually lie on a massage/bodywork table or bed, or may be seated in a chair if required, for comfort. A 'session' involves one or more 'procedures', each of which consists of several sets of 'moves'. The moves are gentle, but purposeful, and can be done through light clothing. Between each set of moves, the practitioner pauses for as many minutes as are needed for the client's body to begin responding. As the nervous system begins to adjust the tension level in the muscles, the practitioner senses when the client is ready for the next set of moves. A common approach in a session is to balance the entire body by addressing the lower back, then the upper back, and then the neck. To minimize the need for disturbing the client's rest, all procedures that address the back of the client are completed before turning over for procedures that are done with the client lying on his/her back.

In contrast to other hands-on modalities, where the practitioner imposes correction on the client through manipulation, Bowen Technique facilitates the body in healing itself, with minimal intervention. Because of the subtle nature of Bowen Technique, and the body's continuing response to it over several days thereafter, other forms of manipulative therapy are discouraged for up to five days after a session, as they may interfere with the efficacy of the work.