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The Bowen Technique

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The Bowen Technique, or Bowen Therapy as it is sometimes known, is a very gentle remedial therapy named after its innovator Tom Bowen.  The Technique is very subtle and relaxing and involves no hard or prolonged pressure.  It is a holistic therapy and so addresses the 'whole you' and not just the bit that hurts! After all, where you have the pain may not be where the problem lies. It's much more important and effective, to find the cause of a pain than to just address the pain itself.

Bowen is not like massage, acupressure or chiropractic.  It is unique. There is no manipulation or force used in any of the moves.  The thumbs or fingers are used to gently press against a muscle then, after a second or two the therapist rolls over the area allowing the muscle to gently release beneath his/her hands.  There is no pain involved. In fact if you are in pain your muscles will tense up which is not beneficial.  Also your brain will focus on the pain and this will detract from the session.  Ideally the brain should have nothing else to think about but the Bowen move. 

The Breaks are a unique feature of the Bowen Technique and are essential to the success of the therapy.  After performing only a few moves, the practitioner will either leave the room completely or at least leave the side of the client to allow the body to relax.  You always relax much better when no-one else is there!  This is when the body decides what it needs to do in response to the moves the practitioner has made.

This technique has also been developed for horses and dogs.

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