A Healing Space

Bowen Technique

Bowen Technique

What is the Bowen Technique?

The Bowen Technique is a very gentle form of bodywork developed in the 1950s and 60s by the late Tom Bowen.

It is an extremely versatile with many procedures available that can be applied for different situations depending on your needs.

Ultimately the technique helps the body to balance and re-align itself on many levels.

How Bowen Works

In a Bowen session the practitioner applies light moves to specific places on the body. Ideally moves are made directly on the skin while the client lies on a couch (always decorously covered by towels) but the work can be done through light clothing if preferred and if anyone can't get onto a couch then there are ways of working with a person seated.

The light moves over muscles, tendons and nerves also work on the fascia - a band or sheet of connective tissue fibres, primarily collagen, that forms beneath the skin to attach, stabilize, enclose, and separate muscles and other internal organs, so like drawing a bow over a violin string makes the whole string vibrate a move over the fascia in one place can have effects elsewhere.

The practitioner leaves the room from time to time to allow the body to process the changes taking place. By leaving the room even the primitive reptile part of the brain that is always on the lookout can relax to allow the full benefit.

What can Bowen Help?

Treatment may help alleviate the pain and stress associated with:
  • Baby and childhood problems
  • Bowen
  • Back problems
  • Bladder problems, bed wetting
  • Bowel problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ear problems
  • Emotional problems
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Foot problems
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bowen
  • Headaches, migraines, sinus problems
  • Jaw problems
  • Knee and hip misalignments
  • Menstrual and hormonal problems
  • Pelvic tilt
  • Poor mobility
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skeletal and Muscular problems
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress
"Sue Woodriffe has the lightest, kindest touch in her hands and an intuitive measure with which she performs Bowen. As I write this, I can hardly believe that there was a time when I shuffled through her doors, hardly able to move with back pain, as her treatment of me has now given me such freedom in movement and put me back in the flow. What a gift she has. Thank you Sue."

Theresa Clemo, Locks Heath


Bowen for Babies and Children

As Bowen is extremely gentle, it is ideal for babies and children. We use specific procedures known as “Baby Bowen”. Babies and youngsters respond much quicker than adults to treatment. Treatment is very gentle and babies and young children generally find the experience very relaxing and will often fall asleep.

Bowen for Mum

Bowen has an excellent track record for treating the side effects of pregnancy such as back pain. The technique may also help the mother recover after the birth and in dealing with the demands on her body that having a new baby brings.



All sessions £40.00 Please allow an hour for the first session and a little less for subsequent appointments

Baby Bowen (under 5) - no charge

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Please note that I am not a medical doctor. I do not diagnose or prescribe and I cannot advise on medication that is prescribed by your GP or the hospital.