International Bowen Therapy Week

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12th-18th April is the first International Bowen Therapy week. The week is happening in conjunction with the celebration of the birthday of Tom Bowen, who is the creator of Bowen Therapy. We want you to join in with our celebrations!

The main aims of the week are to promote awareness and an understanding of Bowen Therapy, and to encourage the deserved recognition of the amazing man behind the Bowen technique. We want you to get involved with the events happening across the UK from 12th-18th April.

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Tom Bowen was a humble man worth celebrating who worked hard developing and administering the Bowen technique. According to his daughters, he practiced 5 hours a day in the clinic, followed by 4 hours house calls and dedicated Saturday mornings to treating disabled children free of charge. So let’s get celebrating.

We at the BTPA (Bowen Therapy Practitioners Association) strive for the protection and the benefits of both our members and the public, so we are eager to be as involved in the awareness week as possible. The BTPA will be coordinating the awareness week which will span the UK, with BTPA practitioners participating in individual events for the cause of Bowen therapy and the work of Tom Bowen. We also welcome therapists from other organisations to join us in our celebrations of Tom Bowen’s work.


There are many ways that you can keep up to date with what is going on during International Bowen Therapy Week in your area. Take a look at our website (, where we will be posting all the events happening to celebrate the international week. Also, follow our Twitter account @BowenBTPA ( and our Facebook page ( for instant updates on what our practitioners are getting up to.

We hope that you join us 12th- 16th April for International Bowen Week. Keep a look out for updates on our website and social media.

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Happy Bowen-tines Day!

Whether you’re married, in a relationship or single, Bowen is the key to make Valentines Day special for both those celebrating or commiserating. Give a Bowen treatment to your loved one, or give a Bowen treatment to yourself. Either way, Bowen can be the helping hand to many ailments you are suffering with.

The BTPA is an independent establishment working for the good of both the end client of Bowen therapy and its members. Bowen therapy is made up of small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, administered by a qualified Bowen practitioner. The therapy works to release stress at a deep level for problems including stress and depression, infant colds, coughs and eczema, and low energy to name a few.

The drug-free treatment is non-invasive and aims to stimulate the body to re-align, address imbalances, as far as possible, and restore the body to homeostasis. One Bowen patient suffered from an extreme case of eczema, particularly on her face, backs of hands and breasts with erratic body temperature and trouble sleeping. After continued prolonged Bowen treatment the patient now has “beautiful skin” according to her Bowen practitioner.

This is an extreme example; however Bowen can help even the smallest of pains and strains. Take a look at the list of ailments that Bowen can help on our website [link:].


For more information on how Bowen can be of help to your loved one or yourself and to find the nearest therapist, click here Bowen Therapy (link to: For even more information call 0844 561 7173, or send an email to

Dry January: Just the Beginning of 2014

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Following on from our blog on festive time blues and that groggy feeling, Dry January is the perfect way to combat those New Year blues. Completing Dry January is a great way to start the year and why stop there? Bowen therapy could be the next new experience of your year.

What is Dry January?

A campaign led by national charity Alcohol Concern. The aim of Dry January is to stay off the booze while you ‘lose weight, feel better, save money and make a difference’. The money raised will help Alcohol Concern to increase awareness of the problem of alcohol misuse.

Some benefits of receiving Bowen therapy include more energy and a generally better outlook on life, similar to that of Dry January. By treating the whole body with gentle rolling movements, Bowen therapy helps to realign your body back to homeostasis. Sessions range from 30-60 minutes with problems usually being resolved in 1-3 sessions, while long standing problems may require longer.

Be it muscle problems, insomnia or lethargy, Bowen therapy can help a list of body ailments. One Bowen patient suffering from aches, pains and lack of sleep said “I heartily recommend the Bowen Technique to anyone who wants to remember how it feels to wake up refreshed; looking forward to the new day knowing you can deal with whatever it may bring.” This sounds like a refreshing way to start 2014.

We are now nearing the end of January and according to the Dry January website 17239 people are taking part in the campaign. Well done if you are 1/17239th of that amazing number. Now onto the next venture – Bowen therapy. If Bowen therapy sounds of interest to you visit our website here to find out more about how we can help you

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Bowen therapists are located all across the UK, for more information and to find the nearest therapist for you click here For even more information call 0844 561 7173, or send an email to

Cancer Talk Week – Let’s get talking about cancer.


This week (20th-27th January) is Cancer Talk Week, which is Macmillan’s annual awareness week. The aim of the week is to get people talking and to help raise awareness of a disease that could affect us all in some shape or form. Where Bowen cannot cure cancer, it can help the body’s system to cope better with the symptoms and the effects of the cancer treatment.

Bowen is the gentle treatment that does not force the body to change; rather it asks the body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring it back to homoeostasis. Using small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, Bowen releases stress at a very deep level, which stimulates the body to realign. Bowen therapy can be helpful to those undergoing medical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.

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One Bowen patient suffering from tiredness and lethargy said that they found their Bowen sessions “a very relaxing and soothing experience”. They said that they had benefited from Bowen as now their energy levels have increased significantly. This patient testimonial shows the improvements Bowen therapy can make to the quality of life. For more testimonials, visit our testimonial webpage here

So, let’s get talking about cancer and see how Bowen therapy can help you. Bowen therapy does not claim to be able to help cure cancer but may help our patients’ quality of life by lessening pain and discomfort.

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If this sounds of interest to you or you would like to find out more information please visit our website For more information on Bowen therapy call 0844 561 7173, or send an email to We can’t help unless you get in touch, find your nearest Bowen practitioner here

Golfing around

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According to statistics given by the British Golf Industry Association, there are over 4.2 million registered golfers in Europe. Not to mention the percentage of female golfers, which is increasing in the UK, The Netherlands and Sweden.

The game dates all the way back to the 15th century where it was first ever played in Scotland. The UK shared its golfing legacy on a global scale and it reached the USA in the 19th century. Since then, golf has enjoyed major popularity within the international sporting industry, as modern golf has brought us many renowned world golfing champions such as Tiger Woods.

However, like any sporting professional or even those recreational golfers- we all need to take precautions, as taking part in any kind of sporting activity can lead to sprains and injuries- this is where Bowen therapy can help.

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The BTPA (Bowen Therapy Professional Association) is an organisation of fully trained and accredited Bowen therapists with certificates in Anatomy, Physiology and First Aid as well as their professional qualifications, which are kept up to date annually. The Bowen Technique is an alternative, natural therapy that has helped numerous sports-men and women to get back into shape. Rather than ‘making’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise the ailment and make the changes it requires.

During the 30-60 minute treatment, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling, movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual.

A study by BTPA in 2008 showed that out of 271 sufferers from neck and shoulder pains, who were then treated with Bowen, a huge 86% of these made a full recovery. Similar results can be shown with pain targeted in the back. These are all the most common areas that can be affected when taking part in golfing. Although golf may not be considered the most physically strenuous of sports, it is still common for pain to occur in the arms, the back, the shoulders and the neck, and untreated pain can have a damaging effect on physical performance and even provoke future irritation in the body.

Bowen Therapy is suitable for those of all ages, and even though golfing has recently become a trendy sport for young males and females, it still remains very popular with those elderly players, who are more likely to be accident-prone. However, by visiting a Bowen therapist everyone can take part in enjoying a better golfing experience.

To have a chat with a Bowen Therapist, in the first instance, the BTPA can be contacted via

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The BTPA website contains a variety of information about Bowen Therapy and the amazing benefits from this technique:

A quick history of massage…

Massage is one of the earliest forms of medical treatment dating back to thousands of years BC in Egypt and China. 

The first images of humans kneading others were inscribed into ancient tombs of Egyptian pharaohs and still exist today. “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine” from the Chinese dates to 2,700 B.C. It contains the earliest written record of massage techniques. 

In around 1,000 BC Japanese monks studying Buddhism in China observed the healing properties of Chinese medicine including massage techniques that were taken to Japan and developed into Shiatsu massage found in Japan today.  

Ayurveda is the traditional holistic medical system in India. Texts detailing Ayurvedic principles and practices were written sometime between 1500 and 500 B.C. Based on these texts, Ayurveda was widely adopted throughout India and Southeast Asia. 

Hippocrates, who was known to be the Father of Western Medicine, stated that a doctor needed to be proficient in many things, especially rubbing because it was this rubbing that could loosen a rigid joint as well as bind a joint that is too loose. 

During the Roman era Julius Caesar had massages every-day to relieve his neuralgia. Even athletes in Ancient Greece employed massage to keep their bodies in peak condition before competitions. 

A 19th century Swedish doctor named Per Henrik Ling developed the most common type of massage used today which is the Swedish massage. This massage therapy also included techniques founded in China, Greece, Rome and Egypt. In 1894, the massage techniques of Physiotherapy was established by the Society of Trained Masseurs.

 Although, not technically massage but just as relaxing the Bowen Technique is an original system Developed in Australia by the late Tom Bowen (1916-1982), a very intuitive, gifted and self taught healer, who devoted a lifetime to develop his original technique independently from any medical or bodywork background. 

The treatment includes gentle but powerful soft tissue mobilisation that affects the body both structurally and energetically to restore its self healing mechanisms. It is painless, non invasive and safe to use on anyone from the newborn to the elderly and provides lasting relief from a wide variety of acute or chronic conditions.

Massage to be rolled out into primary schools

Schools across the country have begun to introduce massage as a daily subject along-side science, English and maths.
The new initiative aims to help the children de-stress after lunch by performing light massage movements on each other through their clothes.
Research has shown that the treatment can aid concentration and contribute to a calmer working environment. It is thought the massage will help the children learn to respect each other and themselves.
The parents must give permission for their child to be involved and the schools that have been part of the scheme so far have had pleased with the feedback from the children and parents. 
One parent who supported the scheme said: ‘Apparently it is doing really well in other schools so it is worth a try. It might calm them down a bit. My daughter enjoys it and she even does it to me.’
Head of the 550-pupil school, Mrs Hobson, said: ‘It makes such a difference to the way the children calm down and get focused on their work.
‘Actually, they end up getting far more done in the afternoon than if they are still all a bit jittery from having been out playing football or running around with their friends or whatever.
‘I first saw peer massage in one of the local schools in Sheffield and I noticed how calming it was for the children and how well they managed to get on with their work in the afternoons.”

Massages as good as pain-killers

A new study has found that massage is not just good for soothing and relaxing your muscles, but can mimic the affects of pain relieving drugs.
The findings, published in the Journal Science Translational Medicine, found that massages promote the growth of new mitochondria and dampen the effect of molecules in the immune system that contribute to inflammation.
Therefore the massage can work in the same way as anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen.
‘The potential benefits of massage could be useful to a broad spectrum of individuals, including those suffering from musculoskeletal injuries and patients with chronic inflammatory disease,’ says lead researcher Dr Mark Tarnopolsky from McMaster University in Canada.

‘This study provides evidence that manipulative therapies such as massage may be justifiable in medical practice.’ 

The Bowen technique is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on remedial therapy where the therapist makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual.