Bowen Theory

Bowen Theory | Karen Asato Bowen Therapy PractitionerBowen Theory is a soft-touch muscle relaxation technique that utilizes muscle “strumming”as a way to help the body remember how to heal itself. Bowen technique believes that turning your muscles’ off and on switches “reboots” their ability to relax and reset. Bowen theory believes the body can reset, repair and balance itself. Clients report pain relief, improvement of function and recovery of energy.

Bowen is based on the notion that gentle moves over precise points of the body can prompt the body’s innate ability to relieve pain, restriction and imbalance without the need for deep, manipulative or forceful treatment. Bowen theory calls for “moves” that send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in muscle relaxation and pain reduction. Such moves also can create electrical impulses to the nervous system that inform the body on how to regain normal movement in joints, muscles and tendons. Common results include relief of muscle spasms and increased blood and lymph flow.

Bowen Theory Uses Gentle Pressure

Bowen Theory calls for hands-on therapy that is applied using gentle pressure. Thumbs and fingers are used on precise points of the body to perform sets of moves that stimulate muscles and soft tissues. Unlike chiropractors, there is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. The Bowen therapy experience is gentle, subtle and relaxing. Bowen theory is commonly applied to:

  • Back pain
  • Shoulder restrictions & pain
  • Neck pain
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Headache patterns
  • Sports injuries

Bowen Theory was first developed in the 1950s by Australian, Tom Bowen. Training courses in Mr Bowen’s technique were first offered in the late 1980s in Australia and reached the UK and USA in 1993. For more information on Bowen Therapy and Technique, see American Bowen Academy »