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Bowen therapy

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it?

Bowen Technique is a remedial manual therapy which in a gentle, non invasive manner brings your body back in harmony in a holistic way.

Bowen is not a cure; it is an important piece of a puzzle which only YOU can put together. It is a remedial tool; a step towards your optimal health.

Please click HERE for what in my experience makes the rest of the puzzle.

What is the history behind it?

Bowtech is the original, unaltered form of Bowenwork, developed in Australia by Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982). In the world today there are variations of the original technique, yet the principals remain the same.

Tom Bowen's main principle and belief was that the body is able to heal itself. His underlying assumption was that structure governs function, and that disturbances of structure, in whatever tissue within the body will lead to disturbances of functioning in that structure which in turn, can have a profound effect on the functioning of the body as a whole. His goal was to restore the structural integrity of the body in order to restore its optimum functioning.

We are somewhat in the dark as to how Mr. Bowen created this amazing healing modality as well as to how and why it works so well. Since he never wrote anything about his work, we are left with what Oswald Rentsch observed during his apprenticeship at Bowen's clinic and several theories, based largely on observation, physiological reactions and mechanisms and systems affected. A tremendous amount of work has gone into this process, a tireless quest for understanding and perfecting this wonderful technique!

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Who is it for?

While there are a few, very specific situations in which a particular procedure is contraindicated, Bowen can help with a wide range of symptoms, physical and emotional, and is suitable for all ages, from new-born babies to the elderly and infirm.

Pregnant women can greatly benefit from Bowen in alleviating back aches and associated pregnancy ailments.

Babies and children are handled very sensitively and always with parents or guardians present throughout the session.

What conditions is it good for?

Treatment may help alleviate the pain and stress associated with the following, and this list is by no means exhaustive:

  • Allergies
  • Baby & Childhood problems
  • Back problems
  • Bladder problems, bedwetting
  • Bowel problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ear problems
  • Emotional problems
  • Fatigue
  • Fluid retention
  • Foot and ankle problems
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Hip misalignment/imbalance
  • Jaw problems
  • Knee problems
  • Menstrual and hormonal problems
  • Pelvic tilt, leg length
  • Poor mobility
  • Respiratory problems
  • Skeletal and muscular problems
  • Sinus problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress

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How does it work?

Bowen, as any other holistic approach, works in a complex manner, influencing our bodies through a domino effect, using all channels of information to and from the brain which amongst include skin receptors, the nervous system and chemicals which carry information in our blood stream. Unless one receives a direct blow to a specific part of the body, a dis-ease is never in isolation and our body acts as a whole, with various degrees of implications according to each circumstance. Bowen treats the body as a whole, while focusing on specific parts.

Please click HERE to find out the science behind it in order to understand it better.

What does it consist of?

A Bowen session consists of gentle rolling movements over precise points of your body, in a planned succession. The movements are delicate, yet purposeful, precise, and efficient. Also there is no forceful manipulation of any kind.

There are frequent pauses between moves, which allow your body to integrate them and let your brain pass on the information to the relevant structures.

What will the session be like?

I have a dedicated healing room in my home with a separate entrance and self contained toilet. The session takes place in a relaxed atmosphere and I am fortunate to live in quiet surroundings.

A Bowen session may be done lying on the therapy table, sitting or standing, depending on your body range of movement and degree of comfort.

I prefer doing the moves directly on skin (underwear is always kept on) so I can get direct feedback about how your body reacts, however your comfort is my utmost priority and you may bring a change of clothes like a light cotton T-shirt, shorts or PJ bottoms.

You will be covered at all times to protect your modesty and ensure you feel comfortable and safe.

There is no music and no aromatic scents in the room as there are un-necessary stimuli to your brain, which needs to focus on the moves performed in the session.

During our first session we will talk extensively about your medical history, expectations and desires regarding your health and any details which are relevant to offer a complete picture of you and the circumstances you are trying to improve. Together we will devise a plan regarding how is best to enhance your well-being! The first meetings will also include a hands-on session.

Often during sessions, people drop into a deep relaxation or fall asleep, and loud peristalsis (tummy grumbling noises) is often heard. Both these changes are indications of a profound release from stress and a shift towards parasympathetic dominance where things start to repair and recover.

A typical session lasts between 30 minutes to an hour or more, variations being dictated on your circumstances (severity of symptoms, medication, range of movement, purpose of the session) and how your body reacts.

There is little or no talking during the session itself as that is your personal time for your body to put its inner magic to work! However feedback regarding degree of comfort or sensations is always welcome and beneficial.

How shall I prepare myself before a session?

It is best to avoid any other physical or energy healing modalities 4 days prior your Bowen session and 5 days after. It will add onto your body too much information to be processed and will diminish the benefit of both of the modalities.

Drink plenty of water.

Wear natural fibers (something like cotton or linnen) so your skin will be able to breathe or bring a change of light clothing like a cotton T-shirt and shorts or PJ bottoms.

How many sessions will I need?

Each individual is unique and results will vary from person to person.

A wise man replied once to the question "When will I heal" with "When you will drop your resistance to being healthy".

For me having a sense that we are in control of our own health is empowering! It made me exit the victim mode and made me believe in my own body and my own ability to nurture it to better health!

I believe that we begin healing the moment we are willing to revise the life stories which no longer serve us.

From a Bowen perspective, there are many conditions which respond positively within the first three sessions. Some conditions need longer for life changing results.

The time it will take you to reach optimal health will be proportional with the seriousness of the circumstances.

Some of the factors that determine the number of treatments include:

  • the length of time that you have been living with an illness or issue
  • compensation patterns that have developed over time
  • general health, fitness and vitality
  • the number of surgeries, accidents, and injuries
  • the number and nature of chronic illnesses
  • the number of medications currently taking, and so on.

Please do not get discouraged if you think that you will take longer to heal. Remember, it is a journey, not a race. With the Bowen Technique, you will almost certainly be pleasantly surprised at how wonderfully your body responds!

The Bowen Technique is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
We recommend you consult your own doctor about any health concerns you may have.
Practitioners do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe or alter medication.

Take a new step towards your optimal health and book an appointment today!

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As a personal statement, I want you to know that when you choose me as your Bowen therapist, you do not get only Bowen skills and technique, you can rest assured that my life time experience, my empathy, my enthusiastic desire to support you and enhance your life to the best of my powers, are always part of the deal.


Bowen Technique is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment.
I recommend you consult your own doctor about any health concerns you may have.

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Silvia Claudia Starczewski

Rise and Shine with Bowen at "Nolidon Healing Room"

Normandy Crescent, Radcliffe, Lancashire, M26 3TD

07891 890 608