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.

The Bowen technique (Bowen Therapy) involves very gentle moves on the muscles, generally over the 'belly' or centre of the muscle between its origin and intersection. Impulses created by Bowen moves on the muscles are amplified via the fascia that surrounds it. As fascia is essentially crystalline in nature, it is highly responsive to electrical impulses and carries these impulses to the brain much faster than the central nervous system. Fascia also responds as a single coherent system and will therefore respond AS A WHOLE to a Bowen move, not just locally. For instance, moves made over the shoulder can often be felt on the soles of the feet.

After their first experience of treatment, people often wonder how such gentle moves can have so powerful an effect- not only on their posture and structural problems (e.g. bad back, frozen shoulder, etc.) but also on their general well-being.
Studies of various 'light touch' therapies have shown that one does not need to use forceful manipulation to achieve significant changes. In fact, it seems that often the lighter the touch, the more effective and profound the effect.

See my Research page to learn how effective the Bowen Technique (Bowen Therapy) is on neurological disorders.

A brief history of Bowen Therapy

The Bowen technique was pioneered by a man called Tom Bowen (1916 - 1982). While he was developing his therapy in Australia in the 1950s and 60s, he was fascinated by the different postures people had, and how this related to their symptoms of ill-health or muscle pain, etc.
There is no doubt that Tom was a natural healer, but he also had an uncanny ability to observe how people walked, sat and moved. He drew remarkably accurate conclusions as to the root cause of pain.

His fascination with bodywork was born out of a desire to help people who were suffering. He was a deeply religious man and would often say that the development of his therapeutic work was a 'gift of God'.