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How does it work

Practitioners perform sequenses of small stimulations, called "moves", on specific points of the body, interspersed with rest periods. The BowenWork moves stilulate mechanoreceptors (nerve endings) that overlie both muscles and acupoints. The body's response to this stimulation, which begins during the rest periods, includes a balancing of the autonomic nervous system and changes in the musculoskeletal system in the direction of increased symmetry. These effects in turn remove blockages to the free flow of energy in the body. From the point of view of complementray health care, when the body's nervous and energetic systems are in balance, its physical, emotional and mental functions are able to return to a healthy state.

The purpose of a Bowen session is to activate the innate healing mechanisms within the body so that, given time, the autonomic nervous system will self-regulate, energy will move more freely, and the body will heal to the extent it is able.

The work is gentle on the client's body. In line with Bowenwork's overarching philosophy of "less is best," practitioners aim to provide only enough inputs to elicit the body's healing response. The number of inputs and the length of the rest periods are determinded for each client during each session; hence sessions do not have a fixed duration but rather can vary from a few moments to an hour, with the rest periods generally taking more time than the hands-on work.

Responses in the nervous and energetic systems can continue for up to 10 days after each Bowen session. Typically sessions are therefore scheduled a week or two apart to allow these processes to complete before providing new input. The client is given self-care advice about staying appropriatly hydrated, performing targeted gentle exercises daily, and seeking advice from other health-care providers as needed.

Who can benefit


  • Back pain
  • Frozen shoulder/shoulder pain or restricted Range of Motion
  • Tennis elbow
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Arthritis pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Migraine and headaches
  • TMJ problems
  • Postural and gait problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Foot and ankle issues
  • Knee and hip restrictions
  • Pelvic problems
  • Hernia
  • Sciatica


  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Hay Fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies


  • Colic
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Chronic Diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Bed-wetting in children


  • Infertility
  • Menstrual pain/PMS
  • Mastitis
  • Fibroids in breasts and uterus
  • Prostate problems


  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Balance problems
  • Tinnitus
  • Earach and ear Infections
  • Anxiety
  • Depression