MS Ac., Dipl.Ac.
NYS Licensed Acupuncturist

Bowen Technique

About Tom Bowen

Mr. Tom Bowen developed the manipulative therapy known as The Bowen Technique in the 1950's in Geelong, Australia. After serving in World War II, Mr. Bowen became interested in ways of alleviating human suffering. He noticed that when he made certain moves on a body, it had particular effects. Mr. Bowen developed the technique without training in any health care field. He claimed that the work was simply a gift from God. He developed the system as it is taught today and eventually opened a clinic full time. It is believed that Mr. Bowen treated over 13,000 patients each year and that people would travel great distances to have a treatment with him.

Bowen is Holistic

The Bowen technique is an essential tool to facilitate whole body healing. The specific moves enable incredible results by activating the body's own ability to heal itself, therefore stimulating an immediate healing process. This process is not limited to the presenting physical symptoms but extends to the emotional, cognitive and spiritual aspects of the individual concerned.

What it is and how it works

Bowtech, the original Bowen Technique, is a gentle form of body work in which very subtle moves, performed over the muscles and connective tissue, send messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a preferred, relaxed, balanced way of well-being. Results can be remarkable, even from the first session; often only a few sessions are needed to correct the presenting problem.

There are frequent but very essential pauses throughout the session that allows the body time to respond and begin the healing process. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.

Unlike many hands-on therapies, the Bowen technique does not use forceful manipulation. A unique skill of the Bowen practitioner is "tissue tension sense", meaning that I am able to discern stress build-up in muscles and other soft tissue, enabling me to perform specific Bowen moves to assist in your recovery.

The technique addresses not only the muscles and the bony framework of the body, but also the deeper tissues including the fascia, nerves and even the internal organs. The body's integrated response improves circulation and lymphatic drainage and aids in the assimilation of nutrients as well as the elimination of toxins.

The Bowen Technique can help clients on all levels. Mr. Tom Bowen said that any or every condition could be addressed by this technique.

Who can be treated with Bowen?

The original Bowen technique is extremely gentle and is considered appropriate for anyone from pregnant women to newborn babies, the frail and the elderly. It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending upon each individual's capacity to heal. No adverse side effects have been reported.

The technique should be considered for:

  • back pain and sciatica
  • arthritis of the hip, knee, neck or back
  • digestive and bowel problems such as IBS and Chron's disease
  • earache and ear infections
  • migraines and other types of headaches
  • fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • knee, ankle and foot problems
  • menstrual and hormonal irregularities
  • male and female infertility
  • neck/shoulder problems including frozen shoulder
  • groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
  • respiratory problems and hayfever
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • tennis elbow
  • sports injuries

My Training

I am an accredited practitioner of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia. Since 1974 over 10,000 therapists have been trained worldwide in places as remote as Cypress, India and South Africa as well as Australia, New Zealand, England and Germany. There are only a handful of trained practitioners here in NYC, of which I am one.

If you interested in the Bowen Technique and you are unsure if it is the appropriate treatment for you, please call for a free phone consultation at 212-877-5611.

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