Bowen Therapy Professional Association



Thomas Ambrose Bowen was born in Australia in 1916 and spent much time observing people and sports injuries.  This gifted man was inspired to pioneer and develop this healing technique.  In 1978 he was interviewed, under oath, by a parliamentary body assessing complementary medicine.  Evidence of his work showed that he treated an amazing 280 patients a week with an 88% success rate requiring only two or three treatments.  He died in the 1980’s and the legacy of this work now lives on throughout the world.

Bowen amazes people by the fact it is so gentle to receive. It is a dynamic, light touch therapy, deeply relaxing, yet powerful and highly effective.  It works especially well for back and shoulder problems, but equally well on many other issues.  It consists of gentle precise rolling moves, using thumbs and fingers, over soft tissue, interspersed with short periods of rest whilst the body responds by making tiny adjustments.

There is no massage, manipulation or deep physical pressure involved and so makes it very suitable for use where pain is being experienced.  The Bowen Technique is unlike any other therapy and helps the body to realign and heal itself without the use of force.  It benefits all ages from 0 to 100, from infant colic, to the terminally ill. 

Our bodies are working miracles, constantly healing and balancing all bodily functions and chemical changes.  We ignore the warning signs of aches and pains and what our body is trying to tell us through restriction of movement and poor sleep.  Nearly everything that is not the norm for us indicates an imbalance – the Bowen Technique is all about redressing the balance of the whole person, be it muscular/skeletal or within the many body systems both physical and emotional. 

The therapist’s will is not imposed on the client.  Bowen is able to revisit the old sites of injury and dis-ease and start the healing process in the correct order required for the client’s uniqueness.  For example, if someone presents with knee pain, it is not necessarily the knee that is the cause of the problem.  Bowen knows where to go first to start the gentle healing process and the results are usually long lasting.

Please see the BTPA website for a more in depth explanation plus features and real life experiences.


Here is a short Video explaining more about Bowen Therapy.



Jackie Bowen, Bowen therapist in Ipswich, Suffolk. Bowen Technique, Bowen Therapy and Bowen describe the light touch therapy devised by Tom Bowen in Australia. Bowen Therapy is holistic, treating the whole patient, not just symptoms and has been reported to be effective for conditions such as low back pain, sciatica, headache, migraine, asthma, shoulder pain, neck problems, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, RSI and other musculo-skeletal conditions. Bowen Therapy can often have a relaxing effect which may help people suffering from tension or stress syndromes.

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