Frequently Asked Questions

Bowen FAQ

If you have never tried Bowen Therapy you will no doubt have questions about the technique. My aim here is to provide answers to the most common questions I am usually asked. Of course you can always contact me directly if you have any concerns. Email me at

What happens during a treatment?
Bowen is usually carried out on a massage table, and can be carried out standing or sitting. The therapist uses anatomical landmarks to precisely position the moves. These moves are carried out in pre-determined sequences and are usually a gentle rolling movement using the fingers or thumbs.
After performing a set of moves, the therapist will leave the room for a couple of minutes, allowing your body time to integrate the moves just carried out. Some clients feel sensations such as tingling, heat, or cold as the muscles release. A treatment is very relaxing, and some clients even fall asleep.
A Bowen Technique treatment usually lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour, with a full client history being taken at the first appointment.

What should I wear for a Bowen treatment?
If you are wearing bulky items such as jumpers or jeans, you will be asked to remove these for the treatment. Bowen moves are better done directly on the skin. Clients are appropriately draped at all times during the treatment.

Is Bowen safe during pregnancy? What about for babies?
Most Bowen procedures can be carried out safely during pregnancy, and can help provide relief from lower back-pain, breathlessness, heartburn, morning sickness, as well as opening up the pelvis in preparation for childbirth. All Bowen procedures are safe for babies, and there are additional procedures for unsettled babies, baby colic, and neck restrictions. Bowen can also help a baby expel mucous inhaled during childbirth and help to correct imbalances caused by the birthing process.

Is Bowen a form of massage?
No, Bowen is a unique bodywork modality which uses gentle precisely located rolling movements over particular muscles, nerves, tendons or ligaments to achieve long-lasting relief from pain. Bowen does not use massage, deep pressure, or prolonged contact.

Is Bowen therapy an ongoing treatment therapy?
Most conditions are essentially resolved in two to three sessions; however chronic conditions may require more extensive programs. Many clients have routine maintenance treatments at different intervals according to lifestyle, with 1 month being the optimum, to maintain body balance and musculo -skeletal integrity, avoid costly regression and as an investment in their health.

I have heard that Bowen can assist with carpal tunnel. Is this true?
Yes, Bowen therapy has had many successes with RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Why should I choose Bowen?
Bowen Therapy has a high rate of success in treating a wide range of presenting conditions. Often this success is achieved where other modalities have failed. In addition being non-invasive and not employing manipulation Bowen therapy is suitable for infants and the elderly and is non-invasive. Another feature of Bowen Therapy being holistic (whole body) is that conditions other than those for which treatment has been sought are often resolved.

Should I check that my therapist is registered?
Yes. This is important to ensure that your therapist meets the professional practice standards, code of ethics, continuing education, first aid and professional indemnity insurance required by the BAA and the BTAA


When I came to Sue I was on the verge of having to look for a new career. I spend most of my days on a computer, and I had tremendous shooting pains and numbness in my forearms. A friend recommended Sue. Her determination, commitment to my overall well-being, and thoughtfulness went above and beyond any practitioner I had worked with previously. I felt the difference in my body after the first session and felt more energized after each treatment. It was like my body was going back in time to how it used to feel. Today, I am pain free and enjoying the work I love.
Julie B., Graphic Artist, Anstead (Carpel Tunnel Syndrome)

As a registered nurse of 28 years, I don't know how many times I've counselled patients that after a fall/accident/trauma they' are often going to feel worse the next day and even worse the day after that. This is the usual course of events for any type of trauma to the body. But with a Bowen session the day after my big fall, I was deeply surprised at how much better I felt, rather than being more sore and achy. I recommend Bowen as soon as possible after an injury, to bring the body back to balance!
Sharon L., Nurse, Karana Downs (after falling on her already injured shoulder)

I have been recuperating from a serious illness for the last five years, so I am not an easy client. I am so glad that I've found Bowen Therapy and Sue. It is amazing how such a light touch can produce such remarkable results, going deep in the body, releasing and healing. With each treatment, I go deeper and deeper into the healing I need at that time. Bowen is having a cumulative effect over time. My body seems to remember the last session and build from there.
Wendy C.,  Kenmore (Crohn's Disease)