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.

Strong "lats" help you use your arms to pull your body weight up. Good examples of activitiesthat use the lats extensively include doing chin ups, rock climbing and swimming.

The lats also assist with the breathing process. They are called an "accessory breathing muscle," which means they enhance the movements of the trunk during inhale and exhale. They do this by lifting (expanding) the circumference of the rib cage when you inhale, which may increase the volume of air that enters your lungs. During exhale, the latissimus dorsi muscle helps decrease the circumference of the trunk, which may have the effect of squeezing more air out.

With your trunk stationary, the lats turn your arm in, they bring it closer to the mid line of your body and they extend your shoulder joint back (essentially the same as bringing your arm back). They can do these movements separately or in combination with one another.

Other things the latisimus dorsi does is to bring the whole shoulder girdle down (called depression), as well as assist in the act of side bending (called lateral flexion). When both lats are working at the same time they assist with arching the spine (calledhyperextension) and with tilting the pelvis anteriorly.