What Is Bowen Therapy?

What Is Bowen Therapy? 2017-12-10T09:26:30+00:00

What Is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy is a noninvasive technique that uses a series of gentle hand movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves and fascia to promote relief from musculoskeletal and related neurological complaints.

The precise but gentle movements performed by Bowen therapists stimulate the body, via the nervous, endocrine and fascial systems, to activate the body’s healing mechanisms. The precise movement gently stretches the muscle and fascia with a continuous movement of the muscle from one side to the other.

Bowen Therapy has a very specific effect on the muscles and tendons, as well as the myofascia (fascia) – a network of connective tissue that surrounds the
body’s organs and muscles. There is increasing recognition of the importance of fascia on the body’s physiology and function.

It is believed Bowen techniques stimulate the proprioceptors in muscles and other tissue, which: “initiates a brain response, which in turn send nervous system messages
back to the fascia to normalize the resting rate of tissues. An essential component of the technique is a 2- to 5-minute pause between sets of moves, which allows for the integration of the messages and the nervous system response. As the tension level is normalised, fluid movements of the lymph and blood are increased in the area, which enhances tissue repair in injury sites.

As detailed on the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel, a health and medical information website, conditions that can respond well to Bowen Therapy include: sports and accident injuries, frozen shoulders, stress disorders, neck and head tension, whiplash, musculoskeletal pain and imbalance, respiratory and asthma complaints, acute and chronic fatigue, stroke, bed wetting, digestive problem, menstrual complaints, carpal tunnel syndrome and colic.

Read more from Bowen Association Of Australia.

Bowen Therapy Australia & Worldwide

Bowen Therapy is a modality used in Australia and worldwide to treat a range of conditions today. The Bowen Association of Australia (BAA) membership comprises 695 Bowen Therapy practitioners Australia-wide, who holds a qualification from the Border College of Natural Therapies, a Registered Training Organisation, which teaches Bowtech®, the Bowen Technique, in association with Mr Rentsch. Since 2004 some 1644 therapists have participated in the nationally recognised Bowen Therapy training conducted by the Border College of Natural Therapies. In addition to Australian Bowtech® practitioners, more than 26,000 people in 30 countries worldwide have completed a Bowtech® course worldwide, with the course now being delivered in six languages.


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The simple answer – Bowen Therapy is a gentle yet powerful & effective muscle manipulation therapy that can assist with many ailments and conditions that present themselves in the body.

The technical answer – It is so much more! Bowen therapy is a modality that can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. It can assist in the healing and repair of many muscular, skeletal or emotional ailments and as it is such a gentle modality can be used on everyone no matter their age.

Bowen is not necessarily a cure all treatment. It is an amazing modality with the ability to help relieve pain, help improve overall health concerns, repair muscles & improve stress and emotional disturbances. That said no single one modality can be said to be the miracle cure to all ailments. In most cases, it does resolve the symptoms presented by an ailment or health disorder but often the presenting condition is such that after managing they symptoms it becomes far less likely that the resulting condition returns, this is very obvious in muscular or skeletal conditions where the symptoms are a result of an injury and after treating the surrounding the tissue the injury has a chance to fully recover.

Most people spend a fortune before they decide to try Bowen Therapy, it is quite often not the first point of call for an injury or condition but quite often it is the last.

In many instances, I have witnessed clients be able to reduce and in some circumstances, get off their medications, painkillers etc. I have assisted so many people to recover from muscle strains, accidents and other ailments so much quicker than they expected –largely drug-free. I my time doing Bowen Therapy at my Cleveland Practice I have seen a countless number of lives improve by way of an enhanced quality of life so my question to you is – Can you afford not to?


Depending on the therapist and your private health cover Bowen Therapy is eligible for private health rebates in most cases.

Yes, Bowen therapy is a gentle modality and often proves beneficial when used in conjunction with current medical practices. If you are suffering long-term muscle or skeletal health concerns, Bowen can be highly assistive in reducing, pain, swelling, tenderness and joint pain.

Yes, it is safe babies and children of all ages, Bowen therapy can assist young children in the healing process after a fracture or broken limb, athletic injury or even sprains from every day falls.

Yes. Because Bowen can be so flexible& gentle in its application a good therapist will be able to tailor make a treatment to suit your symptoms and condition.

There have been many instances where Bowen has assisted people with cancer. Sometimes it has assisted with the regression & subsequent beating of cancer and in other times it has simply been able to offer the client a better quality of life as they go through Chemotherapy & the side effects associated with their treatment. It is extremely good for lymphatic drainage associated with breast removal from cancer patients.

In the case of treating cancer patients, Bowen therapy is always an ongoing assistive treatment and not a 3 session miracle.

Yes. Bowen Therapy is very safe for both mum and baby. It is also an extremely good pain reliever for pregnancy pain. Bowen Therapy can also assist with turning babies in the late stages of pregnancy as a non-invasive option rather than undergoing medical intervention.

Yes, in many circumstances it can. Arthritic pain can be very disruptive to our lives and many resort to huge amounts of painkillers or injections to help soothe the pain. Bowen Therapy can assist the muscles into relaxing and replaces the moved fascia surrounding the muscle to help with the pain associated with arthritic tenderness.

Absolutely, Bowen is extremely beneficial for these types of occurrences. I have personally treated many patients with significant soft tissue, tendon and ligament damage and bruising and have witnessed patients recover from injuries far quicker than those on bed rest and pain relievers.

Bowen can assist with these in varying degrees subject to the presenting condition. Bowen, like all modalities, cannot undo the symptoms of a broken bone however it can assist in the repair of damaged ligaments, muscles and fascia of the surrounding break and when treated correctly can enhance and speed up the healing process.