Movement Is Life
The function of a moveable joint is motion. Loss of motion causes distorted functioning. Normalization produces normal functioning.

R.M.T., N.M.T., CST, CR, C.I., W.T.
O.M.T.A Member

Registered Massage Therapist,Neuromuscular Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Certified Reflexologist, Certified Iridologist, Watsu Therapist
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Life Is in BOWEN


"When the Memory of Health returns, it brings with it enough power to last a lifetime." - Joan L. Mailing




What is BOWEN?

BOWEN is a specific series of muscle and connective tissue movements designed to treat a wide range of problems and injuries. It addresses every system in the body, internal organ systems as well as the musculoskeletal structure. These gentle powerful "moves" send neurological impulses to the brain which is given time to process and feed impulses back to realign the body. Respecting this feedback loop is essential for allowing the body to restore its own natural balance. BOWEN was developed by the late Tom Bowen in Geelong Australia in the 1950’s.

BOWEN usually results in the relief of many specific injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic. It does this by using the body’s “Innate” healing mechanisms. When the therapist makes the BOWEN "move" on muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments, signals are delivered to the nervous system. The body now senses to go into midline and release tension, fascia and any constrictions that are holding the body back from functioning improperly.

With an acute injury, the therapist will address the traumatized area because there has been no time for the patient to have compensated for the condition. When a patient presents a condition that has been with them a number of years, and patterns of dysfunction and posture are distorted, the therapist will address the whole body by restoring balance by the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of the body’s function. Healing can occur after the ANS shifts from the Sympathetic (flight and fright) to the parasympathetic (rest and repair) mode. Bowen helps that shift to take place.

BOWEN is a gentle pressure that can be done on infants the elderly and women during all stages of pregnancy. The pressure is the softness of your eyeball. The basic BOWEN "moves" distort a muscle or tendon that is not under load and then the therapist rolls over the muscle in a precise location without sliding. As a result, the spindle cells (which are responsible for locomotion and posture) and golgi tendon organs regulate the muscle’s resting tension level by the central nervous system. The surrounding fascia becomes less solid and more fluid, allowing greater movement of blood and lymph through the tissue, and enhancing nutrition to and waste removal from the site of injury. The lack of distracting skin stimulation and the limited number of precise moves focus the nervous system’s attention on certain points of the body. Pausing between BOWEN movements allows time for the nervous system and fascia to respond and begin the healing process. The body continues to respond for several days after the treatment unless it is interrupted by injury or strong external stimulation, including trauma, heat and bodywork.

How Does BOWEN Work?

Acupuncture points and meridian: Most "moves" overlap acupuncture points and some moves cross 2 – 3 acupuncture meridians at once. The overlap of these two systems have a vibrational component and effects all internal organs.

Fascia: Each BOWEN "move" is done at the level of the superficial fascia and affects the relationship between the fascia, nerve, muscle and tendon that is being mobilized. The body is bounded by connective tissue that is called fascia. Every gland, nerve, vein, muscle and organ is held into place with this structure. After a BOWEN treatment, it is not uncommon to see scars and adhesions soften and posture and mobility improve.

Stretch Reflex: Most "moves" are done either at the origin, insertion or the muscle belly where receptors are located which inform the nervous system of the state of the tension, length or stretch in the musculotendonous tissue. Receptor are stimulated during the “challenge” (holding the area) and the rolling of the BOWEN move changes the stimulus received by the nervous system. This can change pain and a muscle spasm loop.

Joint Proprioceptors: All "moves" are done around a joint directly affect the joint capsule and ligaments that are richly innervated with proprioceptors. Again, stimulus is received by the nervous system inviting normalization of the joint function.

Segmental Visceromatic Spinal Reflexed: Some "moves" produce referred reactions to the internal organs through stimulation of the skin, muscles and nerves

Harmonic Vibration or Resonance Model: The "moves" can be similar as playing a string of a guitar. The moves set up vibration patterns which bring the body back into harmony and balance.

Lymphatics: Some BOWEN protocols activate draining of the lymphatic system, stimulating the immune system.

BOWEN detoxifies the body at a cellular level therefore improving the body’s ability to function at a cellular level.

What you can use Bowen for?

Bowen can be beneficial in a wide range of situations. It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending upon each individual’s capacity to heal. Many people report that Bowen is THE most relaxing modality they have ever experienced.

Some conditions that have shown substantial improvement in treating are:


  • Back Pain – Chronic and Acute
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Inflexibility
  • Tight Hamstrings
  • Headaches
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Postural problems – Scoliosis
  • Migraine
  • Gait Disorders
  • Uneven leg length
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Foot and Ankle problems
  • Hammer Toes
  • Heel Pain
  • Bunions
  • Hernia
  • Pelvic problems
  • RSI / OSS
  • Sciatica
  • Knee and Hip Restrictions
  • Neck and Shoulder Problems


  • Infertility
  • Mastitis
  • Pre Menstrual Syndrome
  • Fibrocystic Breasts


  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Hay Fever
  • Sinusitis


  • Digestive problems
  • Constipation
  • Colic
  • Crohn’s Disease


  • Balance Problems
  • Tinnitus
  • Bed Wetting in Children
  • Prostatic Problems
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Earaches

What to Wear for a Treatment

You wear loose fitting clothing for your treatment.

Bowen Treatments

Relief is felt often after one session. In many cases only 2 to 5 treatments are necessary for long lasting and often permanent relief. If re-injury occurs a maintenance treatment may be implemented.
Return one week following the first treatment. The second session is important in setting in the work into the body. Treatments are effective if done weekly. Once a condition is resolved, you may schedule Bowen either for maintenance or as needed.



With permission from Dr. Manon Bolliger
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