Bowen Therapy -What does it Aim to Achieve?

Even after an initial Bowen treatment session, reduction in pain and a corresponding increase in mobility may be achieved – (the exact number of sessions required depends on each client’s individual circumstances)

The ‘Technique’ encourages the body’s own healing ability- via means of gentle rolling moves made over muscles and tendons. Bowen is often described as acting like a switch, which in computer jargon, commences a ‘re-booting’ of the body’s own healing ability.

Following a Bowen treatment, the stresses in the body’s connective tissue start to rebalance. Improvements tend to be long lasting because no ‘forced’ manipulation is applied

The Technique aims to address both long standing (chronic) conditions, as well as recent injuries. It can also be highly effective at reducing stress and anxiety – key issues in the body’s overall wellness.

Being a holistic technique – ‘Bowen’ addresses the whole body – not just your main area of concern and therefore may simultaneously address multiple symptoms.

In my experience, individuals with conditions related to the body’s nervous system such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease sufferers can greatly benefit from Bowen Treatment.

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What does a Bowen Treatment Session Involve?

‘Bowen work’ is tailored to the individual’s overall wellbeing. The first session therefore always includes a detailed initial consultation and assessment.

Clients are normally treated on a couch, but because your comfort is of paramount importance, treatment may be undertaken with you seated – or even standing, whichever is most appropriate for your comfort.

Bowen moves are very gentle. They are made across specific muscles and sometimes tendons – somewhat like plucking guitar strings. Such moves induce a small impulse that is transmitted to the brain via the bodies fascia (fascia is a web of continuous connective tissue that runs throughout the body).

It is as if the brain contains a blue print of exactly how it should be aligned – and ‘Bowen work’ appears to encourage the body to slowly readjust to this ‘natural’ position.

Bowen is suitable for people of all ages and treatment can take place through loose fitting clothes – more senior individuals often find this a very reassuring aspect of the treatment.

The induced deep relaxation that occurs is important, because when the body is relaxed it appears more able to process the small generated impulses.

Although the induced relaxation is an immediate effect, the physical benefits of the treatment normally becomes apparent in the week following the treatment.

What Conditions does Bowen Therapy address?

Bowen Therapy has been found to be helpful in a wide range of injuries and ailments and I have worked with clients with many different issues including:

  • Back, knee and neck pain
  • Anxiety issues, Depression
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Digestive issues
  • Lymphatic Drainage issues
  • Migraines
  • Ear/Eye issues
  • Fibromyalgia

Why is it Called ‘Bowen Therapy’ ?

Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982)

Thomas Ambrose Bowen developed the technique in Geelong, West Australia. Over 30 years he treated thousands of clients, who came via ‘word of mouth’ referral.

During his lifetime, he never referred to his technique specifically as ‘Bowen’. Only subsequent to his death, when it was first documented and taught by ‘his students’ who he had allowed to observe his work, was the term ‘Bowen’ first used n order to acknowledge his achievement and differentiate it from other forms of bodywork.

It is via these initial students that Bowen Therapy, has been passed down to us today.
During the past 30 years, Bowen Therapy has spread around the world with therapists now operating in nearly 100 countries.

About Stephen

Member of the Bowen Association UK

Stephen LudbrookStephen Ludbrook is a full-time therapist, exclusively offering Bowen Therapy.

Training was through ‘The Bowen Association UK’ and over the last 12 years, he has supported hundreds of clients reporting a wide range of issues. For a full description of his training over the last 12 years please view his personal website (details below).

Previously, as a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers for 35 years, Stephen dealt with stresses in concrete and steel structures, but now his focus is on stresses in the human body.

Civil Engineering is a very rewarding career, benefitting and changing many people’s lives. Bowen Therapy also changes lives, but on a more direct personal level which he finds equally, if not more, rewarding.

If you would like to learn more or arrange an appointment please contact me on:

07983 574319
01993 898693



Higher Health and Healing is only 15 minutes drive from Witney and offers a calm, restorative environment.
It is easily reached from Oxford and London by rail, Charlbury being the local rail station on the main line from Paddington, London.