Frequently asked questions about Bowen

What can I expect during a session?

Your first session will include a review of your medical history. This will then be followed by a bowen treatment when the body will be addressed as a whole. Bowen can be done through light clothing such as jogging bottoms and a t-shirt. The first session will last about an hour, with further sessions lasting between 30 – 45 minutes.

How will I feel during my treatment?

Bowen is a very gentle thearpy which makes it suitable for people of all ages. The moves use very little pressure, it is the location, sequence and rests between the moves that make Bowen so effective, not the amount of pressure used.

Is it compatible with other treatments?

It is preferable not to have any other form of bodywork (eg reflexology, reiki, massage) for a week before and after a Bowen session. This is to allow Bowen to take its effect. However, Bowen does work well with Homeopathy, Nutritional Therapy, Bach/Bush Flower Essences and Dietary therapy.

Bowen is NOT a substitute for Medical Care and you should NOT hesitate to consult your GP if you are worried about certain conditions.

How will I feel following a treatment?

For most people, there is nothing more than a little stiffness which will pass quickly. Despite its gentleness it is not unusual to have reactions such as headaches or cold like symptoms, this is all part of the healing process and is a good sign.

There are 2 things recommended to help you following a treatment. Drink plenty of water and on the day of treatment avoid sitting down for more than half an hour at a time.

How frequent should sessions be?

Initially it is advisable to have 3 sessions fairly close together (between 5 & 10 days apart). Following on from that it may be advisable to have a top up treatment once a month. However, for long standing problems it maybe necessary to have more regular sessions to start with.