Bowenwork TM ~ Bowen Therapy ~ Bowtech(R)


What is It?

Can it help me?

Myo Therapies

3601 A St

Tacoma, WA 98418

Tel: 253-473-7615




How does it work?

There are many theories about the physiological mechanism by which the Bowen technique brings about the results that it is famous for. In addition to re-balancing the autonomic nervous system, the procedures may reset the body to heal itself by activating (through the nervous and endocrine system among others) the following mechanisms:

  • Stretch Reflex
  • Joint proprioceptors

  • Fascia

  • Segmental viscerosomatic spinal reflexes

  • Acupuncture points and meridians

  • Harmonic vibration

  • Lymphatics

  • Detoxification

What is Bowenwork?

Bowenwork or Bowen therapy is a dynamic approach to balance the body. It is a very effective complimentary bodywork therapy, consisting of gentle but powerful moves or touches. These movements stimulate the mind and body to aid in self healing. Bowenwork helps reconnect and activate the body’s natural and innate healing abilities. It is often described as, “Pushing the re-set button.”

Who can use Bowenwork?

Bowenwork is so gentle that it can be used on all persons. It is even effective on animals (some practitioners specialize in working exclusively with animals.) Bowenwork can be used with babies, as well as, older individuals; from the extremely fit to debilitated. It is especially effective after a trauma, whether physical or emotional. Results can be remarkable, even after the first session.

Who does Bowenwork?

Bowenwork is practiced world-wide. It was developped in Australia in the 1950’s by Tom Bowen.. Since then it has been taught globally. Some practitioners are doctors, physical therapists, nature paths, occupational therapists, and massage therapists. Swedish Hospital in Seattle, WA and Kaiser Permanente in CA and in Ann Arbor, MI have also implemented the use of Bowenwork.

What does the move consist of?

Bowenwork uses specific sequences of short, gentle, precisely located rolling motions of the thumbs or fingers over specific structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves) of the body. Each series of movements is followed by a wait or quiet period that allows the body to integrate each stage of the work. Practitioners follow a physiologic law, the Schulze law, which states that the body responds more deeply and positively to low level stimuli than it does to painful, strong stimuli. For this reason practitioners use light pressure over precise points of the body. Less really is more in this case.

What is a typical Bowen session like?

Bowenwork is not like traditional massage and bodywork.. A session may take from fifteen minutes to just over an hour depending on what is being addressed. Usually the work can be done fully clothed. Lightweight clothing is recommended. Occasionally, a move may be most effective when done on bare skin. If this is the case the practitioner will let the client know beforehand. At all times, the client will be appropriately draped. Between moves the practitioner will leave the room to allow the mind and body time to integrate the move. This wait period is typically two to five minutes. Occasionally it may be longer depending on the procedure. At the end of the last move, there is a final wait time. The practitioner will then assist you in getting up from the table. Usually, no music is played during the session (this is to help assure that no outside stimulus other than the move will affect the body.) During the session, the client may feel a variety of sensations and releases throughout their body. Emotional releases may also be felt.

Will I have to hurt more before feeling better?

Each person is different. In most cases, pain is not part of Bowenwork.. There may be some discomfort from new movement in a weakened area that has decreased strength and stamina. Usually if there is any pain or discomfort it is short lived.

How soon will I be cured?

Bowenwork cannot be said to “cure” any condition, although many problems and symptoms can be successfully addressed.
Relief may come very quickly from a session of Bowenwork. Sometimes instantaneously. Normally results come within the first week. Three to eight sessions spaced a week apart are sufficient for most issues. Bowen therapy is often used as a palliative and complimentary modality.

Bowenwork has helped with:

  • Abdominal / diaphragm pain

  • Ankle / leg / foot pain

  • Back / Chest pain

  • Incontinence

  • Infertility / pregnancy issues

  • Jaw / TMJ disorders

  • Kidney issues

  • Knee problems

  • Carpel Tunnel

  • Headache

  • Coccyx pain

  • Digestive issues

  • Ear / hearing / vertigo problems

  • Shoulder / arm pain or immobility

  • Cramps

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Female issues

  • Pre and post surgical recovery

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • Stress

  • PTSD

  • Parkinsons / MS

  • Respiratory / hay fever problems

  • Bowenwork may help with your difficulty

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