The Beauty of Bowen Therapy

By: Krista Tait, Registered Massage Therapist

Hey Everyone! I’m Krista, one of Stride’s Massage Therapists. While many of you may think about the more traditional forms of massage, my practice primarily focuses on three specialty techniques – Bowen Therapy, CranioSacral Massage, and Lymphatic Drainage. I often get asked questions about these treatments and how they can be helpful. Follow along in this blog as I dive into the beauty of Bowen Therapy and a variety of conditions that I can treat with it… you might be surprised what you find on the list!

What Is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy is based on the work of the Australian therapist, Tom Bowen. Bowen is a specific series of muscle and connective tissue movements designed to treat a wide range of problems and injuries. It addresses every system in the body, internal organ systems and musculoskeletal structure. These gentle moves send neurological signals to the brain, which then processes and responds back with impulses that realign the body. Respecting the feedback loop is essential for the body to restore its own natural balance.

How can Bowen Therapy Help?

Bowen Therapy can offer pain and emotional relief where other modalities have failed. It is appropriate for newborn babes to the elderly – all ages!

What Conditions Does Bowen Therapy Treat?

Bowen Therapy can provide significant relief to clients suffering from the following:

      1. Muscular and skeletal problems in neck, shoulder, hip, knees, ankle and back, including sciatica, whiplash and fibromyalgia
      2. Frozen shoulder, tennis and golfer’s elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome
      3. Problems with posture and body alignment
      4. Migraine and recurring headaches, neuralgia
      5. Bell’s Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and the difficulties suffered by someone who has endured a stroke
      6. Respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis, hay fever
      7. Sports and work-related injuries
      8. Digestive conditions such as kidney problems, constipation, colic, IBS, indigestion, diverticulitis, colitis and Crohn’s Disease
      9. High blood pressure
      10. Arthritis
      11. Hormonal & Gynaecological conditions, pregnancy and fertility problems, infertility (male and female), PMS, breast lumps, menopause
      12. Stress management, fatigue and sleep problems
      13. General relaxation and body balancing
      14. Bowen may help during pre- and post-operative periods
      15. Bedwetting
      16. Anxiety and depression

What Does a Treatment Look Like?

Treatments are one hour long and are done seven to ten days apart. The body will continue to process the treatment for the next five to ten days. It is recommended that you do not see other practitioners during this time.

How Many Visits do I Need?

Minor problems can be resolved in just one session with a massage therapist, while more complex problems may take four to six treatments. Some complex problems may require maintenance treatments to help the body stay in its natural balance.

If you’re still wondering about Bowen Therapy or my other massage therapy techniques, feel free to give us a call. If you think this treatment could be right for you book an appointment online by clicking here.


(1) Dr. Manon Bolliger ND, DHANP, RBHP (2008)

(2)Wanda Parks RMT, RNCP, RBHP (2008