About Bowen

What Bowenwork is:  A Bowen treatment consists of gentle, rolling movements that can be performed through clothing (loose-fitting shorts, sweats, t-shirts are good).  These stimulations activate a systemic response so powerful that a few minutes pause is observed to allow them to integrate.  A pattern of movements and pauses continues throughout the treatment.  The rhythm is soothing and frequently patients fall asleep at least once during the session.  During a Bowen session, the body is allowed to re-orient to a memory of a previously healthy state or an original blueprint of health.  There is no manipulation or force used.  Because it is extremely gentle, Bowenwork is appropriate for everyone from newborns to the elderly.  Most conditions respond favorably within 2-5 sessions.

The Bowen technique was created in Australia in the 1950’s by Tom Bowen, a gifted healer with eclectic training and deep faith.  As Tom developed his work, which uses precise touches in sequence with rest periods for each body, he was treating 13,000 patients a year by 1974.  Tom’s original clinic took advantage of the group treatment approach.  His desire was to help all those whom he believed his work could help.

What Bowen is not

  • Bowen is NOT physical therapy, massage therapy or chiropractic.
  • Bowen is NOT a suitable approach for any emergencies, mental or physical.  It is NOT a suitable approach for severe, life threatening conditions, illnesses or injuries.
  • We do NOT diagnose, perform or prescribe medical treatment.

Bowenwork in a community setting

Similarly to Community Acupuncture and Network Chiropractic, providing manual therapies in a group setting expands access to more people by bringing the per person cost down while still allowing the practitioner to make a living wage.  Another benefit is allowing curious individuals to try a new modality with a minimal financial  investment.

We created our structure to further expand convenience by holding hours of operation before and after many people’s jobs or school and on weekends.  Our goal is to provide convenient, affordable, easy access to manual therapies – making effective, quality healthcare truly available to as many people as possible.

Bowen can be a powerful form of healing which may occasionally provoke a strong response (muscles aches, fatigue, cold-like symptoms) in some people which is sometimes referred to as a “healing crisis.”  If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic at 503-747-4696.