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.

The changes in facial structure occurring in modern
humans have a lot to do with the extent to which they
breathed through their mouths as children. A child
who has a blocked nose or who has a perceived or real
difficulty getting enough air will either become obliged
to breathe through their mouth rather than through
their nose or choose the oral route because it is more
comfortable or has become habitual. Tongue position
and swallowing patterns change as a result of this and
the forces that normally shape facial and dental development
become aberrant.
The tongue of a mouth breathing child sits low in their
mouth and the normal pressures needed to develop the
width of the upper palate are reduced or abnormal. If
tongue position is incorrect, swallowing pattern tends
to become abnormal. Normally every time we swallow,
(1-2 times per minute) the tongue pushes upwards into
the palate and then backwards to complete the normal
swallow. When a predominately mouth breathing child
swallows the tongue tends to thrust forward instead of
upwards and the lower jaw tends to moves backwards
instead of staying still. This creates forces that distort
the position of the teeth and work against normal
facial growth.