The Human Bowen Technique and the Canine Bowen Technique.

The Bowen Technique is a light touch therapy in which the fingers make gentle rolls over key parts of the muscle, tendon, ligaments and fascia so that the message is carried deep into the body and the central nervous system. In this way, the Bowen Technique inspires the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and restore natural energy, rhythm and balance. Rather than ‘making‘ the body change, Bowen ‘asks‘ the body to recognize and make the changes it requires. From the very first moves, the Bowen Technique works holistically, and often produces a deep sense of relaxation as well as addressing your ailment.

Compared to conventional massage, the Bowen technique is a very different approach: the work is subtle and precise, there is no prolonged pressure, no oils, no manipulations, and you can keep your clothes on.


Sending a car for an MOT is stressful. It results in a road-worthy car.

Tom’s MOT for the body is stress-free. It results in a road-worthy body.

Tom Bowen was the creator of the Bowen Technique in the 1950’s in Australia. He was a deeply insightful and humble man.  The technique arose out of his delicate and precise ability to see imbalances in the body and to find a simple effective way to help correct these.  Tom’s therapy was so successful,  he ended up treating 13,000 people per year.

Oswald Rentsch learnt directly from Tom Bowen as his student. Dedicated to preserving the Bowen Technique in its pure original form, Oswald and his wife, Elaine, started the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in 1987 where they taught the Bowen Technique or “Bowtech” for short. Bowtech now exists in 120 countries.

The Canine Bowen Technique was adapted from the Human Bowen Technique in the UK, in 2001, by Sally and Ron Askew who were themselves Human Bowen Therapists and also dog trainers and behaviourists.

How does the Bowen Technique work?

The Bowen Technique largely defies explanation but for those who require a more scientific rationale, the Bowen Technique:-

  • Rebalances the autonomic nervous system (the flight or fight mechanism that is so overworked in modern times).

  • Works with the stretch reflex (communication between the muscles and the nervous system).

  • Works with joint proprioceptors.

  • Works with fascia (involved in muscle co-ordination, postural alignment, overall structural and functional integrity).

  • Works with segmental viscerosomatic spinal reflexes.

  • Works over acupuncture points, meridians and chakra’s.

  • Sets up vibrational patterns which brings the body back into balance and harmony.

  • Promotes draining of the lymphatic system, stimulating the immune system and initiates detoxification at the cellular level.

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