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A unique, gentle, effective method that allows the body to heal itself

The Bowen method is a dynamic technique of muscle and connective tissue release that has started a revolution in health care. It has been used successfully for over 40 years and has helped thousands of patients. It has puzzled therapists and doctors as to how exactly it works and if Tom Bowen was alive today, many who have used the Bowen method would surely like to ask him why his technique works so effectively.

The Bowen method uses only gentle moves but yields outstanding results that even the classical medicine circles have taken notice. Often relief from serious back and neck pain, migraine headaches, frozen shoulder or knee pain is achieved after only a few sessions. There have even been cases where improvement from scoliosis and other curvatures of the spine occurred. The method is also widely used for assisting other health problems such as trinities, allergies, asthma, bladder infections, high or low blood pressure, depression and psychological problems, eczema, gallbladder pain, kidney and menstruation conditions. Improvements are often seen in immune function, kidney function, joint problems and breathing difficulties as well as countless other chronic and acute health conditions.

The amazing feature of Bowen therapy is a series of precise, gentle, painless pressure moves, which are applied over clothing, which improve energy flow in the body and aid in self-healing.

If I could describe Bowen therapy in one sentence, I would say that it is not massage, it is not acupressure or acupuncture, nor is it energy healing or reiki, but it embraces some aspects of each of these methods, making it a unique method of its own and often yielding impressive results.

Most important of all, it is safe for everyone from newborns to the elderly. The Bowen method regains the body’s state of balance, allows for natural regeneration and releases muscle tension, which are often the result of poor posture, lack of exercise or injury.

Just think of all the abuse we place on our bodies. We sleep on poor mattresses with too many pillows so that the spine and muscles are placed in unnatural positions and are not adequately rested. We don’t exercise enough and we often wear poor quality gym shoes that do not cushion our spine. We lift objects without bending our knees, which strains our back and increases the chance of injuries. When we sit in the driving seat we often turn our torso to reach for something in the back, again leading to strains and injuries. Commonly we carry bags on one shoulder further placing strain on one side of the body instead of as the Africans do, carry objects on their heads. Not surprisingly they have a lot less back problems than we do! There are many more other unhealthy activities that our bodies are subjected to and which cause imbalances in posture as well as placing stress on our spine.

As a result of this imbalance our muscles are forced to react in defense by cramping, contracting and trying to compensate which often leads to muscle tightening, pain and greater tension on one side of the body. Often flexibility is then reduced; limbs freeze up and lose their full range of motion. The nervous system can also be drastically affected which can lead to poorly functioning organs, digestive problems and other nerve-related dysfunctions.

Bowen therapy uses positive and negative moves that stimulate and isolate energy flow in specific regions of the body. For example, there are specific series of moves for the kidneys, the lower back, neck and other body areas. Probably the greatest difference between the Bowen method and other body therapies is the Bowen move itself, which you will learn about in a further chapter in this book. Performing all the moves in a specific series provides the best results.

Are you suffering from:

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  • Back or neck pain?
  • Frequent headaches or migraines?
  • Chronic fatigue?
  • Annoying colds or flu?
  • Stress or depression?
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome?
  • Edema or swelling?
  • Asthma or breathing difficulties?
  • Skin problems?
  • Digestive problems?
  • Arthritis or joint problems?
  • Frozen shoulder?


If you are, you will most likely benefit from Bowen therapy. As a result of the Bowen method, whatever tension in the body is usually dramatically reduced or completely alleviated. Inflammation is lessened and cysts and edema may even disappear. It seems that the Bowen method stimulates the detoxification organs in the body such as the kidneys, liver and lymphatic system to rid the body of wastes and toxins, thus improving over-all immunity and preventing infections and disease.

For pregnant mothers, the Bowen method is excellent for relieving back pain due to changes in the body.

Although Bowen therapy is not specifically designed to deal with psychological problems, often anxiety, depression and intense stress are improved. Patients report feelings that a burden has been taken off of their backs, they begin to see their problems more clearly and their stressful lives become easier to manage.

Improvement in energy levels and well-being often are cited commonly after a Bowen therapy session and I have seen migraine headaches disappear in intense sufferers for up to six months or more.

This method originating from Australia has been so successful that veterinarians have even used it on horses, dogs and other animals.

The Bowen method brings outstanding results. Not always but in a large proportion of cases. As the world of modern medicine attempts to scientifically decipher these methods developed by the great pioneer of this work, the late Tom Bowen and prove how they work, the thousands of therapists actively using his method around the world are simply satisfied with the fact that is just works and is safe to use for everyone.

Simply stated, Bowen therapy is a unique, gentle and effective method that allows the body to heal itself and in my opinion one the most miraculous discoveries of natural medicine.

For information on contacts for Bowen therapists around the world please see the web site: www.bowendirectory.com