What is Bowenwork?

I first tried Bowenwork on a whim and was amazed to experience deep and lasting change in a long-standing postural issue. I left each session feeling freer in my joint movement and more aligned overall. It also left me feeling balanced and with a deep sense of well-being. My own body’s profound response to the technique spurred me to become a Bowenwork practitioner.

Why try Bowenwork?

  • Effectively and gently treats many musculoskeletal complaints, including
    • Back pain
    • Neck pain
    • Headaches
    • Frozen shoulder and other shoulder pain
    • Foot and ankle discomfort, including plantar fasciitis
    • Repetitive strain injuries
    • Scoliosis
    • Musculoskeletal nerve complaints such as sciatica, carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Sports injury
  • Deep work without firm pressure.
    • Gentle purposeful manipulations by the therapist trigger release of the body’s network of connective tissue (fascia), both superficial and deep.
    • Unwinding tension in the body’s connective tissue system leads to greater adaptability, more mobility and less pain.
    • Safe and recommended directly after injury.
  • Long-lasting results.
    • Addresses compensation patterns around old injuries and entrenched postural patterns that may be contributing to pain and dysfunction in the body.
    • Activates the body’s innate drive to heal itself. It is not unusual to leave a session feeling more aligned, grounded and relaxed.

How is Bowenwork different from massage?

  • Bowenwork is a distinct practice from massage, requiring specialized training and skills.
  • The Bowen practitioner manipulates specific muscles and tendons with a series of precise rolling motions, called “moves.”
  • Rest periods, or pauses of a few minutes or more, are interspersed throughout the session to allow the nervous system time to respond.
  • The client is clothed during the session. Light, loose-fitting clothing is recommended to allow the practitioner to effectively place and execute moves.
  • Sessions have no fixed duration. Sessions are typically 45-70 minutes.
  • Bowenwork takes a “less is more” approach. The practitioner carefully assesses each person’s response, striving to provide each body only enough input to stimulate change in the body.
  • Some find Bowenwork even more deeply relaxing than massage.
  • Bowenwork is safe and recommended immediately following an injury.

Seattle Times tries Bowenwork! Read the article here.

For more information about Bowenwork, visit the American Bowen Academy website.