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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Bowen Technique like massage?  
A: No. There are no sweeping moves and no force is needed or used.

Q: Is it safe?  
A: Yes. There are no contra-indications for the Bowen Technique and it is very gentle.  It can be used on people of all ages from new borns to the elderly, and from strapping sportsmen to the very frail.

Q: How many sessions will I need?  
A: It's difficult to say without knowing more about you or the condition you present.  Even then I couldn't give you an exact answer as every body is different   The average number is three or four.  Some problems resolve after just one session, others need more. Many people continue to come back every few months to maintain the work that's been done.  People with chronic conditions often book each month.

Q: What if it doesn't work?  
A: As with any therapy, there is a very small percentage of people who just don't respond. I've not come across anyone yet though who hasn't felt really relaxed so at the very least, you should benefit from de-stressing followed by an excellent night's sleep.

Q: How long does a session last?  
A: It varies and depends on so many factors.  The first session will include an in-depth consultation so could take up to 90 minutes.  Appointments after that are generally about an hour.  For longer-term clients, there may be more focus on specific areas so could last just 20 - 30 minutes.  Children generally take less time than adults and babies even less. For those in a frail condition, a few simple moves may be all the body can take at any one time.

Q: Do I have to get undressed?  
A: No - Bowen can be practiced over light clothing.  Please ensure that you wear (or change into) light clothing as it is more difficult (and possibly slightly less effective) over Jeans, heavy winter skirts, thick padded shirts etc.   Ideal clothing is t-shirt/vest/thin top or shirt and leggings or light trousers.

Q: What form of payment do you accept?  
A: Please pay on the day of treatment by cheque, cash or Bristol Pounds.  If you have a Bristol Pound account, you can pay by Txt2Pay (magictouch).

Q: I'm heavily pregnant. Can I still have Bowen therapy?  
A: Yes absolutely.  You can either be seated in a massage chair or on the couch lying on your side and propped with pillows. Bowen is great for pregnant women and can be given more often than the normal recommended gap of 5 - 10 days.

Q: I'm not very mobile. Do I have to get onto a couch?  
A: Bowen can be given while you are seated.  Please advise in advance if you would prefer this option.

Q: Why can't I mix Bowen with any other physical therapies?  
A: Bowen depends heavily on communication between the brain and the body. If other therapies such as physiotherapy or reflexology were added to the mix, the differing therapeutic information might dilute Bowen's effectiveness. Bowen does mix well with homeopathy and Bach Flower Remedies

Q: Why is there 5 - 10 days between treatments?  
A: You don't always get immediate results with Bowen and it can take a few days for things to work themselves out. A word of warning here - you might find an increase in the original symptoms, stiffness, tiredness, flu-like symptoms or increased dream activity. It is vital that you follow the after-care advice given. 

Q: If it works, can I give up my medication?  
A: Not without your doctor's permission.  Bowen therapists are not qualified to prescribe or change medication. If you think you may be able to do without or have the dosage reduced, please discuss with your GP first.

Tom Bowen

Thomas Ambrose Bowen
1916 - 1982


Tom Bowen was born in 1916 to parents who had  emigrated to Australia from Wolverhampton in the early 1900s. He left school aged 14, taking various labouring jobs before going into the building trade where he trained as a carpenter and worked as a general hand at Geelong Cement works.

Whilst working at the cement works, Bowen started to treat people after work. With an increasing volume of people wanting to be treated and with encouragement from close friends, he eventually operated a clinic full-time where he worked at the astonishing rate of around 14 patients an hour. He had had no formal training; the only study he had undertaken was from books and all he had learned was self taught.

It was often said that Tom Bowen could take one look at an individual and 'see' what was wrong and where the problem stemmed from. He only then needed to do a few simple moves befpore 'seeing' that the body had started to change. He would then send the patient away to let the body do the healing, sometimes getting them to return a week later.

Over the years, Tom Bowen had many people who watched and learned from him but six men are considered to be the main ones with whom Bowen shared much of his understanding. Each one of them had a slightly different interpretation, possibly partly due to their backgrounds in differing therapies (osteopathic and chiropractic being the favourite). One of them, Oswald Rentsch, started teaching his interpretation of the work in 1982 after Bowen's death and is credited with taking it to a global audience.

What Tom Bowen found was a starting point from which he could encourage the body's own power of healing to take hold. What he discovered has huge implications in both the world of modern medicine and the complementary field.