How The Bowen Technique Works

Surprisingly Simple, Amazingly Effective


Bowen moves are very precise. They are usually at a point where a muscle attaches to a bone or a particular nerve can be accessed, and are designed not to invade the body but empower it and shift it from ‘fight, flight or freeze’ mode to ‘rest, relax and repair’ mode. By stimulating the fascia in these specific places, and in specific ways, the nerve receptors within the fascia are stimulated and an impulse is generated. This accesses the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for 80% of the body’s functions. It is likely that Bowen moves, done in their precise location in their precise way, stimulate a muscle’s stretch reflex – and so break the muscle’s spasm/pain loop – and stimulate a joint’s proprioreceptors – thereby allowing it to re-align itself in spatial relation.


Bowen works on the fascia. Fascia is a network of live tissue the envelops every muscle, bone, gland, organ and structure in the body, connecting it all together. Fascia is full of nerve receptors. When Bowen stimulates the fascia, it activates the body’s autonomic nervous system stimulating it to attempt to normalise the structure it surrounds. Bowen is known to increase cellular activity, thus kick-starting the body’s own healing mechanisms. Because fascia is full of nerve receptors, it essentially conducts electrical impulses – impulses which stimulate repair. Because all is connected, the body’s repair work is not limited to the area that has been worked on, but runs holistically through the body.


Although Bowen is a physical therapy, working on the physical anatomy of the body, those who are skilled in working with body energy report that Bowen treatments also have the effective of opening up energy and facilitating its flow.

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