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.
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.

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 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.

We have all experienced joint pain and muscle aches regardless of our age and activity level. The causes range from simple aches following exercise to debilitating pain from a serious accident, surgery, or chronic illness.

Alleviating these symptoms and treating the source of pain is sometimes a challenge for the practicing orthopedic surgeon. In addition to desiring confirmation of a particular diagnosis and treatment plan, patients that present following a slip and fall, or with chronic bone and joint illness are often desperate for relief of their pain and stiffness.

Aromatic compounds, also known as essential oils, have become a frontline therapeutic modality for me in my practice for years now. Their powerful anti-inflammatory effects can be utilized in many athletic and clinical settings. Whether at the finish line of a marathon or triathlon, or in the clinic seeing patients for injuries, preoperative evaluation, or postoperative follow-up, essential oils are a mainstay of treatment in my orthopedic practice.

When patients arrive at my clinic, they are immediately introduced to oils as they inhale the ultrasonically diffused aromatic compounds in my lobby and every exam room. The antiviral and antiseptic properties of essential oils have been demonstrated in many laboratories and provide excellent cold, flu, and infection prevention for my patients and employees. In the exam room, every patient is given a therapeutic warm, moist towel compress with essential oils, followed by application of anti-inflammatory rub at the point of tenderness or post-operative incision site. I also recommend capsules of essential oil preparations to take internally.

In the locker room or on the field, I instruct the chiropractic physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers in application of anti-inflammatory essential oil rubs. They have also utilized ultrasonic(phonophoresis) and electronic(Iontophoresis) devices during  massage to improve penetration, absorption, and distribution of the essential oils. The symptomatic relief has been wonderful for my patients, and certainly reflects well on me as their physician.

Finally, patients can treat themselves and family with aromatic compounds as they become acquainted and comfortable with their topical, aromatically diffused, and internal applications. Use of essential oils in the home, in tandem with healthy lifestyles, can be a powerful preventive measure to avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room or clinic.

The CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® oils procured and distributed by dōTERRA are the only aromatic compounds that I’m comfortable prescribing as a physician trained in the western medical tradition. Every product has been harvested from its unique environment, meticulously processed and analyzed for its therapeutic purity and potency. This is extremely important to me as a physician. We all trust manufacturers of traditional FDA approved Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen that every pill in the bottle has the same concentration of medicine. Likewise, every time a patient leaves my clinic with a sample of oil, I have to know that the purity and potency is the same in every vial.

I look forward to working more closely with my musculoskeletal colleagues regarding the clinical applications of essential oils and hope to expand their use at home, on the field, in the clinic, and in the operating room.

Paul W. Winterton is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. He earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and completed his Orthopedic Surgical Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 1998.  Following residency, he completed two fellowships at The Institute For Bone and Joint Disorders in shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery/sports medicine, as well as foot and ankle reconstruction in Phoenix, Arizona.