Better for Bowen

Bowen Fascial Release Technique


Kathy Horniblow cert ECBS

01963 204397/ 07971 428281



Based in Wincanton, Somerset

From September, I'll be running a clinic on Mondays at Holbrook House Health Spa - 01963 828844 for bookings

The Bowen Technique may help with various symptoms and these include the following:


  • Neck & Shoulder Problems
  • Back Pain & Sciatica
  • Sports Injuries
  • Knee & Ankle Problems
  • RSI
  • Stress & Tension
  • Menopausal Symptoms

What is it?

Developed in the 1950’s by the late Tom Bowen in Geelong, Australia, the Bowen Technique is a gentle but dynamic body therapy that is therapeutic and very effective. It empowers the body’s own healing resources, achieving balance and harmony, frequently resulting in fast and lasting relief from pain and discomfort. The technique is considered safe to use on anyone from newborns to the elderly, with any condition from sports injuries to chronic or organic complaints. It is a remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied using very gentle pressure. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen’s unique sets of rolling-type moves which stimulate the muscles and soft tissue of the body. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. The experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing.

Work can be performed through light clothing, although I prefer to work directly on skin - the choice lies with the client. Although each session will vary according to the presenting problems of the client, the initial treatment will address the whole body. Most people will have responses within three sessions. Some, particularly chronic, conditions might need to be treated more often but in either case it is recommended that clients return for regular treatments every few months to maintain optimum balance.

Reactions to treatment are not uncommon and include tiredness, thirst, an increase in original symptoms, stiffness, headaches, flu-like symptoms, emotional reactions. All change, even that perceived as negative is a positive as it shows the treatment is having an effect. Aftercare advice is given to each client and will emphasise the importance of movement and the drinking of water. The moves are so subtle that if a strong reaction is experienced it demonstrates how profound the work can be and further treatments are essential if the full effect is going to be felt.

One of the 'rules' of Bowen is that the client should not participate in another remedial therapy at the same time. Bowen can take time to work and the use of another modality could interfere with this process. So we ask that no other treatment is done for a week after treatment. Logically, if another therapy is used and there is a significant change then one is unsure as to which treatment may have caused the effect.

Bowen in sports

A growing number of athletes and professional sports people are discovering that regular Bowen Technique work enhances performance and reduces the incidence of injury. Then when injury occurs (especially soft tissue damage), Bowen brings rapid relief and a quick return to their sport.

Bowen in stress management

Many clients with busy and demanding lifestyles use Bowen as a means of stress management and general health maintenance seeing a Bowen therapist 2 to 4 times a year.



Initial consultation may last up to an hour - subsequent appointments between 30 - 50 minutes.

Costs - 1st appointment £35 subsequent £25



Please Note - Bowen is not a substitute for medical treatment and if in doubt please consult your GP

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