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The Holistic Herbalist

Tel. 07790 908055

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Opening Hours:
Mondays: 9.30am - 4pm
Tuesdays: 10am - 8pm
Wednesdays: 9.30am - 5pm
Thursdays: 9.30am - 6pm
Fridays: 9.30am - 5pm
Saturdays: by appointment

Free introductory consultation


Bowen Technique

What is Bowen Technique?

Bowen Technique is a gentle, yet effective & relaxing hands-on treatment that is suitable for all. The pressure used in Bowen is quite subtle and can be extremely light yet still gets the job done.  It is not dependent on hard pressure and there is no awkward bending, twisting or re-positioning of the client during the treatment.  Because of this, Bowen can be considered for clients for whom other forms of therapy might be too aggressive, forceful or invasive.  The tiniest of babies through to the frailest of adults have been treated with Bowen. 

The appointment takes approximately 45 minutes & most of the work can be performed over light clothing. Three to six (sometimes less) treatments, at weekly intervals, are usually sufficient to achieve lasting relief – though further treatments may be required in certain chronic cases or if your lifestyle adds to your complaint.
With Bowen you are usually given a whole-body treatment at the first visit, which includes the neck, knees and shoulders, this holistic way of treating aims to get to the root of problems gently and efficiently.  

During the treatment a series of precise rolling-type moves are performed over muscles and soft tissue of the body. These moves are intersected with short breaks to allow the body to respond; these are important, as they give the body time to make adjustments that help rebalance, improve movement, relieve tension & reduce pain. It is believed that the Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself and clients report the experience of pain relief, improvement of function and recovery of energy.

Post-treatment reactions to treatment are not uncommon and include tiredness, thirst, an increase in original symptoms, stiffness, headaches, flu-like symptoms, increased dream activity. Aftercare advice given to each client will emphasise the importance of movement, the drinking of water and the return for treatments. It is vital that a client does not cease the treatment in response to a strong reaction. The moves are so subtle that if a strong reaction is experienced it demonstrates how profound the work can be and further treatments are essential if the full effect is going to be felt.

One of the more difficult elements to come to terms with is how little is done during a session.  In addition, the client may well walk out of the treatment room having felt little or no improvement over and above a sense of relaxation.  However, the reactions to Bowen in the days following a treatment can often belie its soft and gentle approach.  Stiffness, soreness, headache and achiness are common. All excellent signs, they demonstrate that the brain and body have started the process of repair.

This process, when started, is generally rapid and it is not uncommon for even longstanding pain to be reduced or resolved in two or three treatments.  Most sports- or work-related problems can often be dealt with within the two or three treatments, making Bowen not only good remedial treatment, but cost effective for the client as well.

Bowen can assist:

And many more symptoms/conditions



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