Feel Better With Bowen Therapy


Bowen Therapy

Many of you may not have heard of Bowen Therapy before.

I hadn’t heard of it either until a friend of mine started taking the courses to become a Bowen therapist.

My friend Suzanne needed a guinea pig to practice her newfound skills on and I was more than willing. At the time I was suffering from lower back pain and of course, anxiety. Suzanne believed she could help alleviate my ailments with this awesome new therapy.

Now, I have been wracking my brain in how to describe what Bowen Therapy is. I found the perfect description on another website.

Bowen Therapy is an alternative technique designed to revolutionise the way that people seek treatment for a range of ailments from exercise accidents to multiple sclerosis. One of the main draws to the therapy is how non-invasive it is; specially trained therapists use their fingers and thumbs to gently move over the muscles, ligaments and tendons in a rolling motion at specific points on the body according to the individual and the condition they are suffering from.

Unlike a regular massage, Bowen Therapy adopts a different approach by ‘asking’ the body to change, rather than using physical force to ‘make’ the body recover. Between each set of movements, the body is given time to relax and adjust to the new energy that it has been given.

Source: Bowen Therapy at BTPA

Every time I went over to Suzanne’s place I looked forward to it. She made me feel extremely comfortable. The first consultation took a little longer than the others because she had me fill out paperwork regarding my general health. (Well, all of our sessions were longer than usual because we usually get so caught up in chatting and filling each other in on what is going on in our lives.)

After she looked over the paperwork, Suzanne would come up with a plan of action and tell me what  moves she would perform and how they would help me feel better. I like her straight forward approach. She made things very easy for me to understand and I always felt relaxed whenever around her.

Suzanne has a room specifically set up for her Bowenwork business complete with a massage table, blankets, etc. I would undress and get under the blankets and prepare for her to perform her magic. The weird part of Bowen Therapy is that after Suzanne would try a few Bowen moves she would leave the room for a few minutes. This part of the therapy is so that your body has time to respond to the actions your practitioner has taken. At first I found it a little odd but over time I came to realize why this was part of the routine. The awesome part was that eventually I could feel my body responding to the moves. It’s difficult to describe but I would feel a somewhat warmish sensation seep through the area of the body she was working on.

I often refer to Bowen Therapy as a “teaser massage.” Although Bowen is not exactly the same as massage therapy it seems very similar in that it really puts you into a relaxed state of being.

I treasured my Bowen Therapy sessions because I knew I was going to get an hour of “me” time. A quiet time to just relax and be and not worry about loud kids running around the house!

After each session I was always amazed at such a difference a few small moves can have on your body. Suzanne always had to help me get up off of the table and into sitting position when the session was complete.

Bowen Therapy can help with a variety of ailments including but not limited to:

  • digestive and gastrointestinal problems, bloating, heartburn, nausea
  • earaches, TMJ problems, teeth grinding or clenching
  • migraines and other headaches
  • fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue
  • menstrual and hormonal irregularities
  • Urinary tract infections, kidney / bladder problems, incontinence
  • bedwetting
  • ADD / ADHD and Autism
  • insomnia
  • stress, depression, anxiety, grief, shock
  • detoxification, lymphatic blockage

Bowen Therapy is not just for adults, teens and infants can also enjoy the benefits of the therapy. My youngest had a really bad cold one week so Suzanne did a few Bowen moves on him and it helped take away some of his annoying symptoms.

I credit Bowen Therapy with helping to lessen my anxiety symptoms. Since seeing Suzanne I have only experienced a couple anxiety attacks and they were definitely not as severe as they usually are. I was even able to throw away my emergency anxiety pills (I had my pharmacist properly discard the pills) as I felt I really did not need them anymore. My emergency pills were the ones I took only in a dire circumstance when I needed to be calmed immediately. I didn’t even take any of my emergency pills on my last trip in which I attended Blissdom Canada and I consider that a big success and step forward for myself!

As for my lower back, Bowen therapy did help take away the pain. However, only for short periods of time . My body seems to reject anything that is good for it, including exercise (maybe I am allergic to exercise?). But many people have had great success with Bowen Therapy and their physical ailments.

To learn more about Bowen Therapy and what Suzanne can do, please check out her website at www.suzannebowenwork.com.

Image Source: Bowen Therapy at BTPA

Disclosure – Services were provided in exchange for this post. As always, the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. Randa
    April 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    I find it so amazing on what can heal our bodies! I am a firm believer in massage therapy, and I have tried a few kinds but never Bowen. I will be seeking this out. Thank you.

    PS – LOVE the new look.

    • Brandy
      April 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Thank you Randa! And definitely give it a try. It sure is a different way to relax and heal your body!

  2. Dawn
    April 29, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Wow, Bowen Therapy sounds fantastic! I could use some help with a few of the symptoms listed. Thank you I am going to check into it :)

    • Brandy
      April 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      Hi Dawn, I hope you find something that makes you feel better!

  3. Tammy @inRdream
    April 29, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Brandy that is wonderful news! I am so happy to read that you had success with Bowen Therapy. Although I love a deep hard massage a teaser may not relax me? haha

    • Brandy
      April 29, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      I tried deep massage before and I hurt a lot afterward. It wasn’t very relaxing. LOL! But different things work for different people!

      Thank you for popping by Tammy!

  4. Jenn
    April 29, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    What a great form of therapy. I have never heard of it but I would love to try it!

    • Brandy
      April 29, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      It is so neat Jenn! Definitely try to find a practitioner in your area. :)

  5. Heather, Mmm... is for Mommy
    April 29, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Sounds very relaxing :) I am a big fan of natural therapies.

    • Brandy
      May 5, 2014 at 8:07 AM

      It is very relaxing. I didn’t think it would be but was amazed that I actually wanted to fall asleep on the table each time.

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