What happens during a Bowen Treatment?

The Bowen technique is one of the newest, and most effective of, holistic, manual therapies. It appeared in Australia in the 1980s and is based on the work of Thomas Ambrose Bowen and is named after him. 

The worldwide  popularity of Bowen therapy has been remarkable due to its effectiveness. It is practiced and taught in many countries all over the world. 

Recipients are generally fully clothed. Each session typically involves gentle rolling motions along the muscles, tendons, and fascia. The therapy's distinctive features are the minimal nature of the physical intervention and pauses incorporated in the treatment.  Proponents claim these pauses allow the body to "reset" itself. 

Bowen Therapists treat the client holistically and usually see the client three times initially to address the presented problem. 

The International Bowen Therapy Foundation is the only school, accredited to BTPA in the UK, operating  here in Bulgaria. We offer Diploma courses and Continuing Professional Development to therapists from all Schools.

What conditions can Bowen Therapy help?

Bowen is still a relatively new therapy which, having started in Australia, has only been in Europe since approximately 1992.

Bowen is reported to help with a wide variety of ailments. It is holistic in nature, which is to say, it works on the whole body rather than being a treatment for specific conditions.

Many of my clients have benefitted greatly from Bowen, having presented with a wide range of complaints, from migraines to disabling arthritis to insomnia and post-operative pain and dislocation. 

I have successfully treated hormonal problems and infertility, ADHD and babies with colic and asthmatic conditions.  Since Bowen is a holistic treatment we do not focus on the medical diagnosis, but on the whole person. 

Bowen Therapy is so gentle that it can treat the elderly and the new born and everyone in between and it can also be used with both humans and animals.  

By releasing stress at a very deep level, via its calming effect on the Autonomic Nervous System, Bowen sets the scene for the body to heal itself. In contrast to many other hands-on therapies, Bowen does not attempt to force the body to change; rather it asks the body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring it back to homoeostasis (physiological equilibrium).

There are no known contra-indications.

Bowen can be of assistance in many cases of emotional stress, where relaxation is a prime factor in easing pain and anxiety.  It is also often a great help in improving the quality of life for those who are terminally ill.

A Bowen session is conducted fully clothed and usually takes about 1 hour. All properly qualified Bowen therapists will conduct a short interview about your general health and will ask you to sign the client record card. 

Usually there are 3 initial sessions booked on a weekly basis with follow up sessions a month or two later if required. 

For appointments please contact su.hagan[at] 

Susan Hagan MIFPA, MBTPA, Cert ED. AyurDip.NP Clin.AT.SPA