Bowen Technique

Mark is accredited with the Bowen School for Healthcare Professionals for both the Basic and Advanced Training.


Although the Bowen Technique is both subtle and minimalist as a treatment, its outcome can be profound and long-lasting. Certainly, as a non-invasive complementary therapy, it is suitable for a whole range of conditions. This could be anything from physical complaints to those that have a more emotional component (see below). The focus of the treatment is for the practitioner to use either fingers or thumbs to make a move, usually across the belly of a muscle.


This move over the underlying fascia activates the muscle spindles – or, if across the tendon, then Golgi tendon organs are activated – and produce a piezoelectric charge which the sensory nervous system picks up. The brain then registers it and in turn makes changes. This could be anything from repair and realignment, to a sense of wellbeing and reduced anxiety.


Traditionally at various times during a Bowen treatment, there are a number of two-minute breaks. These breaks occur after the practitioner has made various moves over the underlying fascia. The reasons for these breaks are twofold. Firstly, it gives the body time to incorporate the work; and secondly, with the practitioner out of the room, it allows the client the space to totally relax which he/she might not have been able to do if the practitioner had stayed in the room. And this is the crux of the matter. The best way for a Bowen treatment to work is for the client to be relaxed, warm and comfortable. Equally, since the body is 75% water, the client also needs to be well hydrated. After all, the piezoelectric charge can travel much more efficiently along the fascial layers when the body is well hydrated than when it is not.