Bowen Technique

In collaboration with Patrick Matthews golds beauty now provides clinical sessions of the Bowen Technique every Monday in the salon. The Bowen Technique is a gentle form of body work in which very subtle moves performed over the muscles and connective tissue sends messages deep into the body creating a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing. This technique has a proven beneficial effect on a huge variety of ailments , aches and pains.

Where did the Bowen Technique Originate?
The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950’s by the late Thomas Bowen in Geelong, Australia. Although he had no formal training in health-care, Bowen became a celebrated therapist, regularly treating over 13,000 patients a year. In 1974 , he invited Oswald Rentsch and his wife Elaine to study with him and document his work. However, it was not until 1986, four years after Bowen’s death, that they began to teach the technique in several continents. Dedicated to preserving the technique and ensuring that it is taught in its original form, they founded the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in 1987. Since then, over 12,000 therapists worldwide have taken Bowen training.

Can the Bowen Technique help me? The original Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and is considered appropriate for anyone from pregnant women to newborn babies, the frail and the elderly. It can assist recovery from many conditions, from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending on each individual’s capacity to heal. No adverse side effects have been reported. A Bowen session initiates a cascade of beneficial changes that continue for several days. Applying other manipulative therapies during this time can interrupt the process and undermine the overall effectiveness of the Bowen work. It is therefore recommended that the client wait a week before commencing any other manual therapy.

The technique should be considered for:
Back pain and Sciatica
Digestive and bowel problems inc. IBS
Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
Groin pain
Respiratory problems and hay fever
Ports and accidental injuries
Earache, ear infections and migraines
Knee, ankle and foot problems
Neck and shoulder problems
Pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
Restless leg syndrome
RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
What it is and how it works

Bowtech the original Bowen Technique, is a gentle form of body work in which very subtle moves performed over the muscles and connective tissue send messages deep into the body, retrieving cellular memory of a relaxed, balanced way of wellbeing. Results can be remarkable, even from the first session; often only a few sessions are needed to address the presenting problem. There are frequent but very essential pauses throughout the session that allow the body time to respond and begin the healing process. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole. Unlike many other hands-on therapies, the Bowen Technique does not use forceful manipulation. A unique skill of the Bowen practitioner is ‘tissue tension sense’ meaning that the practitioners are able to discern stress build-up in muscles and other soft tissue, enabling them to perform specific Bowen moves to assist recovery. The technique addresses not only the musculoskeletal framework, but also the fascia, nerves and internal organs. The bodies integrated response improves circulation and lymphatic drainage and aids in the assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins. The Bowen Technique can help clients on all levels. Tom Bowen said that any condition could be addressed by this technique.

Patrick Mathews A.O.R.B.T.A. 
Patrick has been a full time Bowen practitioner since 2002 and has experience of over 25,000 treatments with patients including Benfica Football Club in Portugal, The Association of Surfing Professionals and the medical staff and patients at Portimão general hospital in The Algarve. Patrick has now re-located to north Devon where he lives with his family and works from Willesleigh Farm Gate House Clinic. Patrick was a professional athlete and whilst snowboarding hyper extended his left knee to the point where surgeons said an operation was necessary to align the knee. “When I had the first treatment I would never have believed that it would have worked. I gave the practitioner three chances as recommended.” After the first session Patrick noticed a difference with his knee and decided to continue with the treatment. The practitioner had achieved something that Patrick was told to be impossible. This gave inspiration to Patrick so much so that he decided to learn Reflexology through the Association of Reflexologists and the Original Bowen Technique Academy of Australia.

Patrick Matthews holds clinical sessions at golds Beauty salon every Monday 9AM - 6PM.

(01271) 378578