Bowen Technique

How does Bowen work?

  • A gentle HOLISTIC technique - soft tissue therapy
  • Specific moves made on ligaments, tendons or muscles
  • Sends signals to the brain via the neurological pathways & the fascia.
  • Activates the body’s ability to heal itself thereby stimulating an immediate healing process.
  • Activates the meridians, and the electromagnetic field of the person
  • Activates and balances the chakras nadis marmas
  • Reactivates the recovery process in situations which have plateaued
  • Bowen restores balance via The Autonomic Nervous System (Ans)
    1. The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors.
    3. Uncertainty, powerlessness, avoidance, fight
    4. Healing occurs only after ANS shifts from SYMPATHETIC PARASYMPATHETIC - REST / RELAX / REPAIR
  • The Bowen technique seems to catalyse that shift.
  • Usually puts the client in a deep relaxation state, releasing stress shifting towards the parasympathetic
  • NO heavy manipulation of joints or bones as in chiropractic
  • Muscles are NOT SQUEEZED as in massage.
  • NOT based on meridians and does not resemble acupuncture or acupressure.
  • NO HEAVY PRESSURE as in Rolfing or deep- tissue work.
  • NOT necessary to evoke emotional response as in mind - body therapies.
  • Gentle, rolling movements over the soft tissue
  • The stimulations activate a powerful systematic response - therefore a few minutes pause is observed to allow them to be integrated.
  • Soothing rhythm - clients often fall asleep at some point.
  • Benefits are usually apparent within 2 to 3 sessions depending on condition
  • Bowen results are lasting and profound.
Bowen Technique


Bowen Technique

What is Bowen 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:
  • Musculo Skeletal problems
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Neck, shoulder problems (incl. frozen shoulder) Hip, knee, ankle, foot problems, heel spurs Sports, other traumatic injuries
  • 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
  • Groin pain, pelvic tilt, uneven leg length
  • Menstrual and hormonal Irregularities
  • Fertility and conception
  • Neck and shoulder problems (including 'frozen shoulder')
  • Respiratory problems and hay fever
  • RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
  • Sports and other traumatic injuries
  • Bells Palsy and Paralysis and Autoimmune disorder
  • Cancer Support


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.

Bowen Technique
Bowen Technique

A typical Bowen session

A typical Bowen session lasts from 15 to 45 to over an hour depending on reactions taking place in the body and also time taken for in-depth consultation. 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.