Bowen Therapy

The original Bowen Technique  is a gentle form of body work in which very subtle specific moves performed over the muscles and connective tissue send messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a relaxed, balanced way of wellbeing.  Bowen treatments signal the body to reset and take inflammation away from painful muscles, joints, nerves and tendons promoting self-healing and rebalancing the system.

The Bowen technique is a ‘head to toe’ physical treatment that promotes self-healing and benefits all ages and stages in life. Bowen treatments signal the body to reset and de-flame painful muscles, joints, nerves and tendons to their original blueprint of health thereby addressing pain, postural complaints, injuries and rebalancing of other systems.

How the Bowen Technique Works  In a Bowen Technique session, the patient lies on a table, wearing loosely fitting clothing, and relaxes, while the therapist applies a carefully orchestrated and specifically located series of gentle movements across the body. The movements are composed of a subtle challenge and rolling of muscle, nerve, tendon and connective tissue. The carefully designed pattern of movements is central to The Bowen Technique achieving its holistic benefits, which result in a balancing not only on the structural level and functional systems, but also at the level of the individual’s overall well-being. Addressing the body as a whole, in this way, the Bowen Technique treats beyond the presented symptoms and embraces the physical, chemical, emotional and mental aspects of each person receiving the treatment.

Key to achieving this expansive benefit is the Bowen Technique’s capacity to stimulate a sense of deep relaxation. This deeply relaxed state, both caused by and facilitating the impact of the specific soft tissue moves, seems to act upon the body’s autonomic nervous system, which creates homeostasis at the cellular level. Through this precise resetting of the autonomic nervous system’s action, while in a state of profound relaxation, the individual’s body is freed to find its own natural balance.

What to Expect During a Bowen Session  During the actual treatment session, the Bowen Therapist will apply the movements in a series of patterns. The therapist leaves the room between the application of each pattern in the series so as to allow the patient the space to fully achieve the deepest relaxant effects and to avoid interfering with the patient’s energetic realignment. Sessions usually last one hour. Often no more than two to five sessions are required for the treatment of most conditions. Treatments will generally be scheduled at 7-day intervals.

Conditions Treated by Bowen The soothing and restorative effects of Bowen treatment have a wide range of applications. Through practical experience Bowen practitioners have been increasingly expanding the range of conditions that the technique has been found to effectively treat.

Musculoskeletal Pain:

  • Back pain – chronic & acute
  • Frozen Shoulder & Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Inflexibility
  • Hamstrings
  • Headaches
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Migraine
  • Postural Problems
  • Gait Disorders
  • Leg Length Discrepancies
  • Planar Fasciitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Polymyalgia
  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Hammer Toes
  • Heel Pain
  • Bunions
  • Hernia
  • Knee and hip restrictions
  • Pelvic Problems
  • Sciatica

Respiratory Problems:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Hay Fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

Digestive Problems:

  • Constipation
  • Colic
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Indigestion
  • Bowel Problems

Gynecological Problems:

  • Infertility
  • Mastitis
  • PMS
  • Breast Lumps


  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Balance Problems
  • Tinnitus
  • Bed Wetting
  • Prostate Problems
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Earaches/Infections

Who Can Receive Bowen The Bowen Technique is safe to use on anyone, from the newborn to the elderly, as there are no vigorous manipulations employed in the treatment. Yet, despite the gentleness of its application, the Bowen Technique achieves profound, substantial, rapid and lasting relief from a wide spectrum of conditions. Among the benefits it achieves in the process are the reduction of physical, emotional and mental stress; improvement in joint mobility, circulation of lymphatic and venous fluids and assimilation of nutrients; the elimination of toxins. In place of the illness and discomfort experienced with the conditions listed above, Bowen introduces a state of ease and well-being.

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Dr. Ann Lawrence, ND.  Naturopathic Doctor Ottawa

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