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Joan Dohey
Bowen Worker
Time to Heal

A few years ago, after injuring my shoulder, I went to see a Bowen worker who provided a very gentle hands-on therapy for 45 minutes.  It seemed hard to believe it could actually be effective, as the touch was light and it was not painful! (No pain, no gain, right?) However, much to my surprise, at the end of the session, not only was I pretty much blissed out, but I could raise my arm substantially higher than when I arrived! I was hooked and needed to know more about this Bowen therapy!


Bowen therapy is a fairly new modality, having been developed by the late Tom Bowen in Australia in the 1950's. Mr. Bowen took the principles of acupuncture, osteopathy, and maybe Shiatsu to develop his own, very effective moves. The "Bowen move" consists of a gentle, rolling movement over points on the body that correspond for the most part with the acupuncture  points. These moves affect the fascia, the muscles and the nerve endings.  The most basic effect is putting the body into parasympathetic mode – a very relaxed state, where it can heal itself, the way it is meant to do. Once the body is in this state and no longer in fight-or-flight mode,  the practitioner then may make some further moves to initiate healing in specific areas. It is fascinating. There are procedures for almost any condition. Not only that, but Bowen boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure and blood sugars and leaves people feeling good overall.


Some of the applications for 






Back pain


Seasonal allergies


Joint pain




Digestive issues


Carpal tunnel


Respiratory problems


Frozen shoulder




Sports injuries


Menstrual and 

reproductive issues, 

including infertility

Bowen therapy is performed in a quiet room, over loose clothing while the client lies on a massage bed or sits on a chair. The practitioner performs a short series of moves, then leaves the room for two minutes to allow your brain/body to integrate the neurological message received from those moves. This is repeated several times, using a variety of moves, until the session is complete. It is recommended for all ages, from infants to the elderly and the infirm.  There are very few contraindications for its use and the benefits are great. 


One of the most common comments I hear when performing Bowen is "That can't be doing anything!" Or "I really didn't think it would work, but it did!" Often, we think that therapy needs to hurt to be effective. And often we hear people pronounce that they have to live with pain for the rest of their lives. And that is not necessarily the case. There are gentle therapies that affect underlying causes of illness and injury- old and new, and Bowen is one! It is with great satisfaction that I  get reports from people who feel better after one or more sessions. The most common sensation is that of total relaxation and a feeling of well-being. Considering that stress is the root cause of some 80% of illnesses, the relaxation alone makes treatment worthwhile.


I would love to help you de-stress, and to relieve or resolve conditions and injuries, old and new. 

© 2017 by Two Ravens Communications Inc.



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