A treatment comprises sequences of small gentle moves, each at specific sites on the body. There is no forceful manipulation, just a light cross-fibre manoeuvring of a muscle, tendon or ligament, pleasant to the recipient. The Bowen Technique taps into the bodys natural feedback system that monitors the state of each muscle.
As well as releasing any tension within the muscles, the moves also work on energy blocks (accumulated by injury, tension or disease), allowing increased energy flow and hence healing ability. Treatments can be performed through light clothing, and substantial relief is frequently experienced after the first 1 or 2 sessions.
accredited by The Bowen Association affiliated to The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia
Mr Tom Bowen devoted a lifetime to developing his gentle and innovative approach. In 1974, he invited Oswald Rentsch and his wife Elaine to study with him and document his work. Their interpretation was verified by him as being a true representation of the original technique, and it is this that is now widely taught and practised throughout the world.
Ossie and Elaine began teaching the technique in 1986 after many years of their own clinical experience and in 1987 they founded the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia to which the Bowen Association is affiliated. Courses are held throughout the UK by accredited instructors. The therapy is taught as an introduction to bodywork for the non-professional and also as an ideal adjunct for the professional therapist.
Most courses take place at weekends. As part of the new training structure, training courses in the Bowen Technique are spread out over 7 modules in the space of around 9 months to a year with the following structure:
Module 1: Bowtech procedures for lower back, upper back, neck shoulders and knees. (2 days)
Module 2: Bowtech procedures for kidneys, hamstrings, pelvis & sacrum. (2 days)
Module 3: Bowtech procedures for lower respiratory tract, shoulder problems. Also review of modules 1. & 2. (2 days)
Module 4: Bowtech procedures for seated clients, elbow & wrist problems including carpal tunnel. Review of previous modules. (2 days)
Module 5: Bowtech procedures for upper respiratory tract and tempero-mandibular joint, ankle & foot procedures including strapping techniques, infant colic, bursitis, gall bladder problems, additional shoulder procedures, chest pains, back cramp and revision of previous modules. (2 days)
Module 6: Bowtech procedures for breast problems, coccyx, bed-wetting, headaches, buttock pains, infertility protocol, perineal pain and review of previous modules. (2 days)
Module 7 Review and assessment of all Bowtech procedures to assess competency. Presentation of Diploma on behalf of The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia by senior instructors. (2 days)
Costs: Modules 1 &
2 - £200 each (inlcudes student membership of the Bowen
N.B. Anatomy & Physiology/First Aid qualifications are required for those who wish to be full members and be on the referral list of the Bowen Association UK.