• Bowen therapy what happens

What to expect?


Before the initial treatment begins, the client’s history is recorded. Depending on the concerns expressed by the client, a few pre-treatment assessments (to determine range of movement and detect imbalances in the body, for instance) may be performed so that the Bowen therapist can get a better sense of the nature of the issues at hand. Bowen therapy is generally performed lying down, although in instances where lying is problematic due to pain or mobility issues, it can also be performed seated (or even standing!) The moves are performed through light clothing over certain muscles or tendons and are very gentle. Between each move is a ‘wait’ of a couple of minutes to allow the effects of the move to integrate into the body (see the ‘what is Bowen therapy?’ section for a further explanation of this process). During this time, the Bowen therapist usually leaves the room so that the client can relax in their own space.


A quiet environment is essential to allow the body and mind into a deeper (less superficial) sense of relaxation, devoid of any external stimulus that could be a distraction for the nervous system during treatment. Most people report feeling relaxed during a session and falling asleep is not uncommon. Generally speaking, many clients may see an improvement within one to three sessions, although more treatments may be required to help with more complex and/or longer-standing conditions.