Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy is a service offered by the Naturopathic Doctor and is a gentle and effective soft tissue technique that can help relieve chronic pain, correct dysfunction, and reduce stress. The technique involves a sequence of precise movements over certain muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves to stimulate physiological changes that can reduce pain, promote relaxation, and ultimately improve wellbeing. As most moves overlap with acupuncture points and meridians, Bowen therapy is an excellent alternative therapy to those who would benefit from acupuncture but dislike needles. The technique addresses the entire body by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system and encourages the shift from ongoing stress or constant stimulation towards a state of relaxation that allows for healing to take place. Bowen therapy is safe to use on all ages from neonates to the elderly and produces lasting relief from pain and discomfort. Conditions that can benefit from Bowen Therapy include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Digestive disturbances
  • Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Back pain
  • Muscle tension causing jaw, neck, shoulder, back, pelvic, hip, and knee pain


Bowen sessions generally last 15-45 minutes depending on the condition treated. The first appointment lasts 60 minutes with the time given for initial consultation, assessments, and treatment. The technique, which involves a sequence of gentle movements and pauses, is performed over light clothing and with the patient lying down or seated to their comfort. During treatments, it is not uncommon to drop into a state of deep relaxation or sleep which indicates a profound release from stress. Depending on the severity of the condition presented, it may take one to four treatments for the desired effects to be achieved. In between weekly treatments patients are encouraged to maintain hydration, movement, and patience.