RELAXATION
A Bowen treatment is very relaxing.
It is mostly performed with the person lying on a treatment couch, although Tom Bowen (the originator of the work) provided beds in his clinic, order to encourage a sense of deeper relaxation.
HOLISTIC HEALING
The Bowen Technique embodies a truly holistic approach to healthcare. It is concerned not just with treating specific conditions and symptoms, but also with encouraging a natural potential for health to express itself in every aspect of the patient's life.
TIME OUT

A unique feature of the Bowen Technique is the frequent pauses between each series od moves. These are given to allow the body to respond and integrate what is being done. During these pauses, the therapist will usually leave the room.
This lets the person relax without feeling that they have to keep up a conversation ot that they are being watched.
BOWEN EFFECTS
Bowen therapists sometimes talk about the different effects on posture, particularly 'ascending' and 'descending' influences. The key to effective treatment is to find where the original organising factor in someone's condition is located. For example, a knee injury might be due to a weak toe joint or a pelvic imbalance that is putting undue strain on a knee as that person walks. Similarly, headaches may be the result of an old fall on the tailbone.

Posture, especially of the head and neck, is also very
much influenced by a child’s breathing. It has long been
recognized that blocked or obstructed airways at the
nose or throat will make a person tilt their head back
to increase the size of the airway and ease breathing. If
this head-tilting response becomes habitual the person

develops the fixed postural abnormality called forward

head posture. This head posture is associated with
changes in the whole spine and upper shoulder girdle
and results in back pain, headaches and temporalmandibular
joint disorder (TMJD).
Breathing patterns in a child with airway obstruction
tend to be upper thoracic dominant and inefficient
due to poor co-ordination between the diaphragm
and abdominals and overuse of accessory muscles of
breathing. In the long term this can have adverse affects
on the motor control mechanisms needed to ensure
spinal stability and prevent back pain.