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The Bowen Technique is a remedial & holistic hands on therapy.

The Technique frees up the central nervous system, and brings function back to des-functional muscles and tendons

The Technique treats the whole body with the body choosing to change and adjust and realign during and following treatment.

Bowen consists of small precise moves on specific points of the body which are light and gentle and can be used on the young, fragile and elderly.

The Bowen moves are organised into sets with frequent and important pauses between sets to give the body time to evaluate and start the process of re-alignment.

The Technique uses movements on specific points on muscles, tendons and nerves, some of which generate energetic movement and others which block or reflect energetic movement.

The targeted area of the body is isolated between blocks, energy is generated in the area as the practitioner moves over the muscle and the energy reverberates between the blocks until the muscle tension in the area is reduced and, therefore, relaxed.

It has widely been suggested that the Bowen Technique may introduce specific harmonic frequencies to the body systems. This resonance activates and promotes the bodies own healing process.


The Bowen Technique was pioneered by Tom Ambrose Bowen of Australia

He had a great interest in massage and bodywork and spent time observing football trainers and others involved with sports.



More information on the Bowen Technique and the history and origin of this amazing therapy


The Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) is the largest non-profit making professional organisation of Bowen therapists


Oliver Paxton is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)
CNHC is the UK regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners.


By the time he was in his early 40's this gifted man had established a full time practice using the techniques that he had developed.

He treated on average about 280* patients a week, 88% of whom only required two or three treatments! Tom Bowen treated most of his patients in two minutes.

Mr. Bowen died in the early 1980's, age 66. He taught five men his techniques one of who made extensive notes and taught others the Bowen Technique in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

Instruction and training has only been delivered outside Australia since 1986 resulting in approximately 1200 accredited Bowen Practitioners in 30 countries throughout the world.

Thomas Ambrose Bowen 1916 - 1982


The Bowen Technique is applied through the use of rolling type moves using thumbs and fingers on these precise points on the body, which stimulate energy and vibration into the muscle and soft tissue.



The buzz word in Bowen is ‘Fascia’, Fascia is strong connective tissue which performs a number of functions, including enveloping and isolating the muscles of the body, providing structural support and protection.

It has been shown that fascia runs in ‘anatomical trains’ up, down and through the body to the cellular level in continuous communication. It appears to have the ability to adjust itself in terms of tension.

Fascial connections are so complex that pain in a given area of the body could have as its primary cause, an imbalance arising in an apparently totally unrelated part of the body. Shoulder, back and neck pain frequently starts with an injury in the legs, ankle or foot. The secondary problems occur when the body starts to compensate for, or favour the injury, giving rise to differential tension on one side of the body. The body is effectively pulled out of balance by the soft tissue tightening up on one side.

So the Bowen Move creates vibrations through fascia which adjusts its tension and in turn affects areas out of alignment through adjusting and changing how muscle groups respond.


No matter what sport you could think of, Bowen may help your performance.  It is now medically recognised that Bowen therapy may be the best treatment for frozen shoulder (at least twice as fast as physio) with no painful manipulation. It can have effective techniques for carpal tunnel, pelvic misalignment, tennis elbow, hypermobility, restricted movement of limbs, irritable bowel and lower back (sacral) pain.

Respiratory Conditions
Hay Fever
Glandular Fever
Other Conditions
Kidney problems
Chronic Fatigue - ME
Glue Ear
Hammer Toes
Water Retention



3 – 4 treatments at weekly intervals are often sufficient to achieve positive and lasting change and relief.

Treatments normally last between 45 mins to an hour. Most of the moves can be performed through light clothing.


What is involved in a treatment?
The first treatment will involve an initial consultation to discuss your health and any issues/problems you may have. I will also note any medical conditions and medication requirements you have, (This information is taken in the strictest confidence) We will also discuss the technique in more detail, ensuring you have a fully relaxed and enjoyable treatment.

What are the short breaks for during the treatment?
During the treatment there are a series of short breaks where the patient is left resting to allow their body to respond to the gentle moves that have been performed. This rest period allows the body time to make subtle and fine Adjustments, which help to re-balance, relieve tension and reduce pain.

What can Bowen treat?
There is no situation where the Bowen Technique cannot be used safely. All ages can be treated, from newborn babies to the elderly. To receive maximum benefit it is recommended that other physical therapies are not mixed with the Bowen Technique. For example, massage, physiotherapy.

How many treatments will you need?
Three or four treatments at weekly intervals are often sufficient to achieve lasting relief, although further treatments may be required.

What should you wear?
The majority of the moves can be performed through light clothing (or directly on skin).

How long does a treatment last?
For your first treatment which includes the initial consultation, please allow 1 hour. Following treatments and maintenance treatments are approximately 45 minutes in length

What is the cost of a treatment?
Each treatment costs £50.

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