Debra H. Keathley, L.M.T.

What is the Bowen Technique?


The Bowen Technique was developed in Australia by the late Thomas Ambrose Bowen. The technique is gentle and noninvasive, and can be performed through clothing.

 With Bowen misalignments commonly right themselves although there is no manipulation of joints or bones as in chiropractic. Muscle tensions and strains can be relieved and normal lymphatic flows restored - yet muscles are not squeezed as in massage. Meridians usually show immediate improvement yet the work is not based on meridians. Fascia rehydrates, adhesions release and scar tissue softens in most cases yet there is no heavy pressure as in Rolfing or deep tissue work. Internal psychological shifts are common yet it is not necessary to evoke emotional response as in mind-body therapies. Nearly everyone reports a pleasant, relaxed state, and deep sense of well being.

Conditions that can be helped

with The Bowen Technique:


Musculoskeletal Pain
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue/Pain
Headaches, Migraines, Vertigo
Rotator Cuff, Frozen Shoulder
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
TMJ, Neck Pain
Scoliosis, Posture/Gait Problems
Plantar Fascitis
Arthritis, Back Pain
Sporting Injuries
Respiratory Problems
Asthma, Bronchitis, Allergies,
Sinusitis, Respiratory Disorders
Digestive disorders
Constipation, Indigestion,
Colic in Babies
Endometriosis, PMS, Menopause

 How does Bowen Therapy Work?



Bowen's specific series of muscle and connective tissue movements, is designed to treat a wide variety of problems and injuries. It primarily works on the autonomic nervous system addressing every system in the body including the internal organ systems as well as the musculoskeletal structure. These gentle but powerful moves send neurological impulses to the brain, which then is given time to process and feed impulses back to realign and balance the body. The brain recognizes these sequential moves as a reset for the body to correct neurological patterns and pathways that either have been offset by physical trauma, negative emotions, or thought patterns.

What to expect from a Bowen Session...

Bowen is such a gentle and relaxing therapy that often clients fall asleep during a session. The procedure consists of precise, gentle moves on specific tendons or muscles signaling the brain and body to begin or continue healing. Resting quietly between sets of movements, gives your system time to incorporate the new information. Deep relaxation and subtle sensations may occur are you release energy blockages. Some changes may be immediate or more likely you  will notice changes over the following days or weeks. Results depend on the body's ability to heal itself.