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What is Bowen Therapy and how can it help you?

Bowen Therapy is a nonintrusive hands-on therapy. It can be done through light clothing...

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What can Bowen Therapy treat?

Bowen therapy can help all the body systems to rebalance so we ‘treat’ the whole person rather than specific conditions.

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What can I expect from Bowen Therapy?

We will have already spoken on the phone before you have your first appointment.

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How can I book a treatment?

To contact us, please telephone 01953 452286 and leave a message or email on info@bowennorfolk.co.uk

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Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen Therapy and how can it help?

Bowen Therapy is a soft tissue remedial therapy that involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligament, tendon and fascia in various parts of the body.  This therapy can be effective in helping relieve everyday stresses and revitalise the whole person. 

 It can be done through light clothing with the client lying, sitting or standing and  we find that it is normally suitable for everyone from new born babies to older people, and from active to infirm people.

Bowen does not force the body to change; rather it asks the body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring it back to a better balance.   

Between the Bowen 'moves' the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes so that it can absorb the signals it has received.  Bowen is generally pleasant to receive, each session lasting 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the age of the client and the nature of their issues.  Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment.

Each Bowen therapy session varies according to the needs of the client.  By focussing on the whole body, a sesne of well-being can be achieved, helping relaxation, aiding sleep - helping to remove everyday stress and anxiety that can make us feel under-par or prevent us functioning at our optimum. 

Bowen practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe or alter medication.  The Bowen technique is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment and we advise that you consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

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We offer Bowen therapy treatments from our home in Old Buckenham, Norfolk, and Geoff also does home visits within a 15 mile radius of Old Buckenham with a £10 extra charge to cover travel costs. 

Evening and Saturday bookings are available as well as appointments during the day.  

A single treatment costs £40 for clients over the age of 14.  For children from 5 to 14 years the charge is £20. 

We ask for a donation for treatments for babies and infants and for children with long term disabilities


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To help you decide if Bowen might be for you, here are some answers to regular questions.  However, please do ring if you would prefer to talk through your specific queries or concerns, or if you would like more information about how Bowen therapy could help you.

Please note that you may get an answerphone message when you ring.  Please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as we can.

What can the Bowen Technique treat?

Bowen can help all the body systems to rebalance  so we work with the whole body rather than specific conditions.  However, clients report that it is effective at relieving or resolving a wide range of issues whatever the cause including:

  • Headaches
  • Joint and back pain, restricted shoulders, arthritis, whiplash, sports injuries
  • Breathing and sinus problems
  • Digestion and  constipation
  • Long term conditions
  • Gynaecological issues, pregnancy and fertility
  • Sleeping, feeding, energy and attention levels as well as aches and pains in babies and children

Bowen can also help with aiding sleep and helping to remove everyday stress and anxiety.  Some clients return on a regular basis because they think Bowen helps them to stay flexible and well, despite the wear and tear that work, hobbies, gardening and sport can have on us.

Having said all of that, please note that the Bowen technique is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment and we advise that you consult your doctor if you have any concerns about your health.


Who can have the Bowen Technique ?

The Bowen Technique is appropriate for everyone, whatever age from the active to the infirm.  The technique can normally be done through light clothing and is very gentle.


Why is it called Bowen?

The technique is named after Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) who lived in Australia. He started by treating the injuries, aches and pains of local sportsmen, friends and family and colleagues in Geelong.  In the 1960s, he opened his own clinic and developed the therapy, passing his knowledge on to a small group of people who have subsequently developed the technique.


What can I expect when I come for a Bowen session?

We will have already spoken on the phone before you have your first appointment.  At our first meeting, whether it is at our clinic or at your home, we will discuss what issues you are experiencing and what you would like the treatment to help you with.  We will take a detailed medical history.  If you are taking prescription medicines it will be helpful if you have the names of the medicines with you. 

Bowen can be done directly on the skin or through light clothing, ideally a t-shirt and light trousers or shorts.   It can be carried out with you either sitting, lying or standing.  Gentle rolling moves are made over muscles, ligaments and tendons with breaks between moves to allow your body to respond. 

How long does a Bowen treatment take?

Adult appointments are usually between 40 minutes to 50 minutes, but may be shorter when that is appropriate.  An appointment for children and babies is normally 30 minutes.

How many Bowen sessions will I need?

Everyone responds differently depending on their circumstances.   Initially it is advised to have at least two sessions roughly one week apart.  The average number of sessions people have is three to four, however some people will need further or even on-going sessions.  Some of our clients return on a regular basis because they believe Bowen helps them to stay well.



Children’s clinic for babies and children and of course their mums

Pregnant mums

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time, but it can take a toll on a lady’s body and well-being, from morning sickness and tiredness to backache and sciatica.  Bowen can be help to reduce symptoms during pregnancy and after birth.

Tom Bowen held regular clinics giving free treatments to children with long term disabilities, and his granddaughter had a disability. Following Tom’s example, rather than charge, we ask for a donation for treatments for babies and children under 5 years old and children with long term disabilities.

We have a box of books and toys to help children relax.  Babies can be treated from birth and Bowen can be very soothing to young children.   

Benefits may include:

  • Improved posture, balance and co-ordination
  • Improved digestion and relief from colic and constipation
  • Healthier children with better concentration
  • Improved sleeping patterns
  • Enhanced motor control & behaviour

All treatments are carried out through light clothing, whilst the parent / guardian remains in the room.



Canine Bowen

Canine Bowen is based on the human Bowen Technique, in that it is an effective light touch physical therapy that promotes healing, pain relief and body rebalancing.

The first session can be quite short as your dog is introduced to the Bowen touch.  The treatment is done at the dog’s pace and can take from as little as 10 minutes to around 40 minutes.  Initially 2 treatments are recommended.

Bowen therapy is not a replacement for veterinary treatment and your vet will need to give permission for me to treat your dog.  Please contact me for an initial discussion.

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General Enquiries

Email: info@bowennorfolk.co.uk


Jennifer Holland

I practised massage and reflexology (www.aor.org.uk) before qualifying as a Bowen therapist in 2007. I had spent many years trying all sorts of therapies to recover from a neck injury. I read an article about Bowen and tried it. After the 2nd treatment I was free of the pain that I’d had for many years. I was won over and signed up to learn the skills as soon as I could.  I am also a Reiki Master, a Certified Emotion Code Practitioner, and am qualifed in the McLoughlin Scar Tissue Release Technique.  

Email: jhtherapy@btinternet.com
Tel: 01953 452 286


Geoff Holland

I had been having severe migraines since I was a child. After a few Bowen treatments the migraines virtually stopped and the occasional one I have now is mild and manageable. I qualified in 2011. When I started visiting clients at home I met lots of dogs, most wanting to investigate what I was doing to their owner and getting in on the session. So I trained with the School of Canine Bowen Technique and now enjoy working with dogs as well as people.

Email: geoffreyholland@btinternet.com
Tel: 01953 452 286 / 07788 440 865