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 treatment

The Bowen Technique (Bowen Therapy) involves very gentle moves over the muscle, generally over the 'belly' or centre of the muscle between its origin and insertion. 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.

Bowen Therapy is a holistic remedial body technique that works on the soft connective tissue (fascia) of the body. Bowen Therapy can be used to treat musculoskeletal or related neurological problems including acute sports injuries and chronic or organic conditions. It is gentle and relaxing and does not use forceful manipulation. This makes it safe for people of all ages.

Bowen therapy helps the body’s own healing resources to achieve balance and harmony. This can result in rapid and often long-lasting relief from pain and discomfort; often where other modalities and treatments have not been effective. Benefits may be seen and measured after the first session.


Integrated body response

Bowen therapy is performed on the superficial and deep fascia. The fascia, or soft tissue, is the part of the connective tissue that envelops, separates and influences every organ and tissue in the body. It has been called the ‘endless web’ – recent studies have shown it to be the largest and richest sensory organ in the body, having a profound effect on the body’s physiology and function.

The Bowen technique is safe to use on anyone, from newborns to the elderly and for any musculoskeletal or related neurological complaint. It is a holistic treatment that treats the whole person and aims to treat the cause of problems, rather than the symptoms.

As well as providing rapid and often long-term pain relief, Bowen can help to improve:

  • Circulation
  • Lymphatic and venous draining
  • Assimilation of nutrients
  • Elimination of toxins
  • Joint mobility
  • Posture
  • Normalisation of cellular physiology and tissue integrity

The procedure

A Bowen treatment consists of sequences of small moves at varying pressures, each at a specific site on the body. The treatment is pleasant – therapists use light, cross-fibre manoeuvres of muscle, tendon or ligament with no forceful manipulation. In order to allow time for the body to absorb and respond to the moves, the therapist will perform a set number of moves and then leave you for a short period.

It is normally advised that you return for a second treatment to reinforce the healing responses of your body.

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Border College of Natural Therapies (BCNT) is a Registered Training Organisation (TOid21424), with the head office based in Albury / Wodonga, delivering Bowen Therapy Training in every State in Australia.

BCNT works in partnership with Bowtech P/L to deliver Nationally recognised training in Bowen Therapy. Bowtech have been leading the way in Bowen Therapy training both within Australia and Internationally since 1986.  Excellent training manuals and teaching techniques enable all students, even those with no previous training, to experience and understand this wonderful healing modality.

Experienced Bowen Therapy trainers and assessors, qualified to deliver Vocational Education and Training, are located throughout Australia.



The Bowen Association of Australia is the organisation for Bowen Technique practitioners, providing professional guidelines and support for Bowen Therapists in Australia, and provides our members with professional recognition as a Registered Bowen Technique practitioner. Check the BAA website for a practitioner near you.

It also acts as a voice between the practitioner and the teaching arm of Bowen, which is the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia or with the affiliated Border College of Natural Therapies. It is committed to maintaining the highest standard of education and training of Bowen Technique, and to sponsoring research.

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