The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique originates from Australia, and takes its name from the originator of the system, Tom Bowen. It has been practised in the United Kingdom since 1993.

The technique itself is a form of bodywork, where the practitioner uses touch to bring about positive changes in the body. In particular, Bowen treatment is a gentle and extremely precise form of soft tissue manipulation.

The aim of this therapy is to stimulate the body to rebalance itself; thus, promoting healing, pain relief and the recovery of energy through a process of auto-regulation. This is achieved through light touches causing muscles and tendons to move from and return to their point of origin – the ‘Bowen move’. Bowen moves are made across the body and not just in the injured areas; thereby triggering a knock-on effect throughout the entire body, ensuring that any changes made in the injured areas are fully integrated into the system as a whole.

This non-invasive approach allows the body to reorganise itself through stimulating neural reflexes and the important regulatory systems.

Quite simply one of the most straight forward and effective hands on therapies available.


The Bowen Technique has shown remarkable results with frozen shoulder, RSI, general skeletal dysfunction, asthma, sports injuries and infertility.


Bowen is one of the few hands on therapies that boasts its own clinical research. It gets very good results especially with persistent musculoskeletal problems.


Disclaimer: The Bowen Technique and Robert Butler are not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. ALWAYS consult your doctor.

© Paul Lavender 2013     Last updated: 6 October 2013