Also known as Bowtech or Bowenwork, the Bowen Technique is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy designed to address pain and treat a wide range of health problems and injuries. Developed by the late Tom Bowen of Australia, this innovative form of health care has helped thousands of people and continues to amaze orthodox and alternative therapists of all disciplines. It is suitable for individuals of all ages and in all degrees of health.

Bowen Technique is unique

Bowen Technique is a unique hands-on therapy. Simplicity, gentleness, depth of healing and rapid results make it special. It involves sets of light moves applied to specific points on muscles, tendons and ligaments with pauses for integration. Targeted but minimal sensory stimulus catalyzes the body’s own ability of repair and can help in healing many structural and systemic problems. The repair process may occur on several different levels as needed - physical, chemical, emotional, mental, and energetically.

Bowen Session

Whether you’re in pain from an injury, suffer from a chronic condition, want to get tuned-up for a sports competition or just rejuvenate physically and mentally, Bowen therapy will be tailored to your needs.

Bowen session is non-invasive and can be very relaxing. It involves one or more procedures, which consist of several sets of moves. Bowen moves are gentle but purposeful and can be done directly on the skin or through light clothing.

To aid the recovery process, specific exercises may be recommended.

How does it work?

Bowenwork addresses the entire body by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system which controls over 80% of bodily functions. Bowen procedures also reset the body to heal itself by activating or calming the nervous and endocrine systems through the following mechanisms:

  • Stretch reflex - Bowen moves stimulate intra-fascial mechanoreceptors leading to an altered proprioceptive input to the central nervous system, as a result changing a tonus regulation of motor units associated with the tissue. This can change a pain/muscle spasm loop.
  • Joint proprioceptors - Work done around a joint directly affects the joint capsule and ligaments that are richly innervated with proprioceptors. This invites normalization of the joint function and increases the range of motion in restricted joints without the need for forceful manipulation.
  • Fascia - Bowenwork addresses the fascia, loosening up adhesions, softening scar tissue, improving hydration, tensegrity and mobility all without harsh mobilization or stretching. It improves muscle co-ordination, postural alignment and overall structural and functional integrity.
  • Segmental viscerosomatic spinal reflexes - Several Bowen moves engage these reflexes. They produce referred reactions to the internal organs through stimulation of the skin, muscles and nerves.
  • Lymphatics - Some Bowen procedures activate draining of the lymphatic system stimulating the immune system.
  • Detoxification - Often initiated during a Bowen session, thereby improving the body's ability to function at a cellular level.

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Fun Facts About Bowen Technique

Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) began developing his technique in the 1950s in Geelong, Australia. He developed it without having previous formal training in any modality or discipline. A 1975 study conducted by the Australian government determined that Bowen treated 13,000 patients a year! They also documented an almost 90 percent success rate, with most problems resolved in one or two sessions. Mr. Bowen had a genius for distinguishing patterns of muscular dysfunction, which he correlated to specific complaints.

A story goes that Tom Bowen called shoulder work the ‘Frozen Shoulder’ procedure. He developed it treating a butcher with shoulder pain from carrying heavy frozen shoulders of meat on his shoulder. Hence procedure addresses more issues then just a classic ‘frozen shoulder’.

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Bowen Technique can help with

  • Pain and inflammation in muscles and joints
  • Back pain and spinal problems
  • Posture and balance
  • Stress, fatigue and sleep
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Respiratory problems
  • Digestive disorders
  • Circulation
  • Hormonal and reproductive systems’ function
  • Lymphatic congestion and low immunity


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  • Testimonials

    Lina M.A few years ago, I developed a condition in my lower spine that progressively got worse and resulted in severe sciatic pain. Sitting or standing for any period of time became unbearable. Seven months of physio and massage therapy provided minimal relief. I finally decided to try Bowen therapy. In my case, only four sessions were needed to eradicate my sciatic pain, and I continue to be pain free. It was the right decision for me.
    Gauri V.As a professional dancer, minimizing time away from training and rehearsals due to injuries is extremely important. Bowen technique helped me in this regard with a speedy recovery. When I first heard about the technique I was a bit skeptical, but I'm glad I gave it a try. The technique is quite gentle and thorough. I found Erik to be a caring professional. He took the time to understand my particular background in dance, which is not always the case elsewhere. The treatment lead to immediate improvement, and the remaining recovery was a lot faster than I expected.
    Rafal S.In 2013, my neck spasmed and committed me to lying flat for two weeks straight. The pain was so severe I could not get up to go to the bathroom. The MRI suggested two slipped disks and deformation of several vertebrae in my neck. I desperately sought help with conventional medicine. The specialist for whom I waited a long time recommended a surgery on my back with the intention to reshape the effected vertebra. According to him, this was the only solution known for this type of injury. I always considered myself a ‘fit and active’ guy and the prospect of 6 months recovery in bad, as well as very uncertain outcome of the surgery did not sit well with me.When I heard of Bowen, I was very skeptical – this is my nature, but the first visit had calmed my skeptical self down – I found the technique was non intrusive, and the procedure very pleasant. It felt like a good massage, except with long lasting effects. The second session had significantly improved my condition and took the pain to a bearable level. I was able to stand, walk, and turn my head. The consecutive sessions brought back my physical freedoms. Erik kept investigating my symptoms, and spend a lot of time listening to my own observations of my body. Soon I was relieved from pain. My neck and shoulder were stabilized and functional – I was able to return to my life.I am periodically returning to see Erik, who helps me maintain my once injured neck healthy and happy. It also helps to ‘process’ the pressures of my lifestyle and work that often accumulates in and around my neck and shoulder. I hope to continue utilizing this wonderful technique to maintain my body healthy and sound.

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