As Bowen Therapists we NEVER:
a) Treat specific conditions
b) Claim to be able to cure any condition
c) Prescribe or alter medication
The technique is a complementary therapy and not a substitute for essential medical treatment. Consult your doctor if unsure
Oxford Bowen - the home of Bowen in Oxfordshire
Based in Witney, Oxfordshire, we specialise in musculo-skeletal problems and general well-being using the
Bowen Fascial Release Technique.
Established in 2003, the clinic offers a fully holistic approach to all problems presented and the treatment is complementary to mainstream medical treatment.
Our treatment is based on sound anatomy and physiology knowledge and keeping up to date with the latest research is a top priority.
Although we do get regular referrals from General Practitioners, the largest percentage of our clients are obtained through word of mouth as the technique's results speak for themselves. Every treatment is tailor made to the individual's needs and our clients range from children (including new born babies), mothers-to-be, the elderly, right through to top level sportsmen/women.
The Bowen Technique to find out more about this technique.
Bowen in the Sunday Mail
8th April 2012
Touch your toes and relieve that back pain
by Alice Smellie
The ability to touch your toes sounds more like a party trick than a diagnostic technique. But it's an excellent indicator of lower-back health and apparently half of the population is unable to do it.
Now a new study published by Coventry University shows that the Bowen Technique - a gentle manipulation of the muscles and tendons, similar to massage - can increase hamstring flexibility and help with lower-back problems.
The university study of 116 students showed that a week after having a single treatment, participants could touch their toes or at lease get significantly closer.
Bowen therapy was established in Australia in the Fifties. It is based on the principle that the human body is made of connective tissues that are all linked. By using the fingers and thumbs to perform gentle rolling movements, the muscles, ligamnets and tendons are realigned, lower-back pain is reduced and flexibility increased.
"Our posture is increasingly poor", says physiotherapist and Bowen practitoiner, Vivien Fishick, based at St Margarets Hospice, Taunton, Somerset. "Toe-touching is a great marker. Some people are more flexible than others but it's an easy measurement of hamstring length. We spend our lives slumped over computers or desks. This rounds the back and tilts the pelvis forwards and upwards. You lose the natural curve of your back and shorten your hamstrings, which leads to problems", says Fishwick.
"Stress is put on ligaments and muscles running down the spine. Because they are weak, you are in danger of damaging them and causing agonising lower-back pain. It can even lead to irritation of the sciatic nerve. Bowen is a subtle but targeted technique. It works over a few days, although one in ten people will not benefit."
Conditions we treat...
First of all, we do not treat specific conditions - we always treat the body as a unit.
But we are unfortunately being prevented (and it seems "targeted") by the Advertising Standards Authority from listing conditions and their symptoms that have shown to respond well to the Bowen technique, in fear of people not seeking medical advice for potentially life threatening conditions.
I can understand the argument against claiming "to cure" but that is definitely not what we are saying.
So if you have any enquiries on how we can help - I can give you a Conditions-that-are-not-supposed-to-respond-to-Bowen-but-does-and-you're-not-allowed-to-know list
See the What is the technique? page
Anatomy studies through dissection
Every year I try to further my anatomy knowledge and bodywork experience through active participation in dissection of the human form.
This is a truly humbling experience and an educational tool like none other.
December 20,2011 saw me taking to the anatomy rooms at Imperial College London, looking at the continuity of connective tissue and it's effect on movement and posture.