The body is like a fine Stradivarius violin. In order to extract sound from this instrument, specific areas of the strings must be stroked of puckered and the proper tension and release employed.

– Deanna J. Naddy.




Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) developed this technique in Geelong, Victoria. After serving in World War II.  He noticed that when certain moves were made in the body, it had certain effects.  Bowen was a very humble person and attributed his healing ability as being a gift of God.

The Bowen Technique is a form of light-touch therapy in which the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to make gentle, rolling-type moves at very precise points around the body. This technique offers many moves to the practitioner and most moves are grouped in sets and they are used in specific parts of the body such as; the shoulder, knees, spine, pelvis and the jaw.

How does the Bowen Technique Work?

 The human body is a self-healing organism. It is not exactly know how this therapy works, but it is believed that the light-touch therapy sends impulses to the brain and it results in muscle relaxation and pain reduction via the autonomic nervous system. The electrical impulses sent to the brain by this technique help the body regain normal movements in joints, muscles and tendons.  This helps in helping the body relax and heal itself. This technique relieves muscle spasm and increases lymph flow. Surprisingly, many of the moves made in this technique are made along acupuncture meridians and points that stimulate the balance of body energy.

A typical Bowen treatment:

 A typical Bowen treatment lasts about 30-45 minutes. Most of the work can be done through light clothing. Oils are never used.

During a session the practitioner uses thumbs and fingers to make rolling type moves on different muscles of the body. The therapist often interrupts the therapy in-between to allow the body to make healing adjustments.

Some patients experience pain relief after just one session. Two or three treatments are usually enough to achieve long-lasting relief. Even long-term conditions may respond very quickly.

Some conditions that get dramatically cured:

The Bowen technique is very useful in treating chronic backache, sciatica, migraine, frozen shoulder, cases of fibromyalgia, in chronic fatigue syndrome and sports injuries.  Promising results have been seen in some cases of severe arthritis.


The Bowen’s technique is very effective and has been steadily been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of people. Healing professionals have been impressed by the capabilities of a Bowen treatment and the diversity of problems addressed.

This technique is an effective, safe and non-pharmacological technique.  Anybody can learn it and there is only one basic move. It is an uncomplicated Alternative therapy and the only post treatment advice that could be common to all patients is to drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins.