Bowen

A gentle therapy that works on your fascia to get to the root cause of health and wellness issues – fast

Bowen

Bowen therapy, sometimes also called the Bowen technique, is a soft-tissue remedial therapy (a therapy that is used to promote healing and alleviate poor health and well-being), and it’s one of the most effective and powerful therapies I’ve ever worked with.  


Using gentle rolling type moves I work over the fascia in your body, a soft connective tissue that surrounds and holds every element of your body in place – blood vessel, bone, nerve fibre, muscle, tendon, ligament, and organ.  Full of sensory nerve endings it has a key role in pain and responses to pain, the physical and emotional impact of stress on the body, as well as a structural role in keeping your body together and underpinning balance and posture.

Price and Availability

Appointments are available from my treatment room at Elmswell or in the heart of historic Bury St Edmunds at Neal’s Yard Remedies on Abbeygate Street. Both treatment rooms are easily accessible from Newmarket, Thetford, Cambridge, Sudbury, Ipswich, Stowmarket and Diss.

I’m also at The Heart of Holistic Health in Ongar, Essex on Friday’s. Situated on the pretty High Street with plenty of parking less than 3 minutes away, the clinic is easily reached from Chelmsford, Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow, Braintree, Billericay, Saffron Walden and Basildon

First appointment: £70

Your first appointment takes around 75 minutes which gives us time for a detailed consultation, assessment and a full treatment.

Subsequent appointments: £55

All subsequent appointments take an hour

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Bowen Therapy?

While there is an increasing amount of research into the effectiveness of Bowen therapy, there is not enough to make any claims specifically about this technique.   What the treatment aims to do is bring about a positive long-term change to a wide variety of health and well-being issues, including:


·      Posture

·      Hormonal and emotional balance

·      Respiratory, digestive, and reproductive conditions

·      Helping to stimulate the circulatory, nervous, and lymphatic systems

·      Resolving general aches and pains

·      Recovery from injury


Many of my clients feel the benefits from treatment one, and many finish their treatment plan feeling a positive change in terms of the issue they came to seek support for.  For many of my clients Bowen has helped to reduce the physical and emotional impact of stress, anxiety and tension, reduced aches and pains, increased range of movement, and contributed towards a general sense of improvement in health and well-being

What have your clients used Bowen Therapy for?

The easiest way to say how Bowen might be able to help you is to tell you about the support my clients have sought:


  • Aches and pains, twinges and general discomfort: This has included neck, back, knee, shoulder and hip pain, tight hamstrings, leg and shoulder restrictions including frozen shoulder
  • Congestion including sinus pain, and allergies
  • Hormonal issues including menstrual cramps
  • Stress, anxiety and tension
  • Asthma and hay fever
What happens during a treatment?

After an assessment which includes a detailed consultation that looks at your health and well-being throughout and in the context of your life, the treatment begins by you lying face down on the treatment couch.  Around halfway through the treatment you will be asked to roll over onto your back.  Key areas worked on include lower, mid and upper back, shoulders, the neck, jaw, arms and legs.

The treatment itself is very gently and there is no prodding, twisting, deep pressure or manipulation. Between each set of moves I will leave you to rest on your own for anything between 1-5 minutes so your body has a chance to process the work I am doing.  

Why do you put short breaks into a Bowen Therapy treatment?

If you view the moves I make as a set of instructions to the body, along the lines of ‘come and look here, is there something wrong?’ then the last thing I want to do is overload your body with lots of instructions at once.  By popping in short breaks, the idea is you and your body have a chance to respond and do something with those instructions before I move onto the next set of moves, which in turn means the treatment should be more effective and long lasting.

What should I wear?

If you are happy for me to work direct on your skin you will only need to remove clothing down to your underwear.  If you would prefer me to work through your clothing then please wear something comfortable for your treatment or bring something you can change in to, avoiding tight restrictive clothing such as jeans or Lycra.  

What happens after the treatment?

Bowen Therapy is incredibly gentle, and while you might not feel much is happening during the treatment reactions can vary and you may feel tired and achy in the following 24-48 hours. This is quite normal and is just your body making the adjustments in needs to in response to the work we’ve done.  For this reason try and plan for a gentle couple of days following the treatment and keep yourself hydrated.  

How many treatments will I need?

As a rule of thumb most of my clients need around 3-4 back-to-back treatments, each roughly a week apart.  If your issue is not completely resolved by this time you may need 1 or 2 more treatments a couple of weeks later.  In the case of more long-term conditions or symptoms you may need some maintenance, which can range from monthly to once or twice a year, but I have many clients I only see every 2 or 3 years, as and when they need me.

Tell me more about the role of fascia in the body

Fascia’s role in maintaining the structural integrity of the body is only the tip of the iceberg, and scientists are beginning to explore its role in:


  • Proprioception – sometimes called your ‘sixth sense’ this is basically your awareness of where your body is and a sense of movement in relation to the environment around you.
  • Nociception – your perception of pain and your behavioural or physiological response, for example walking gingerly when you have a bad back or breathing more quickly when you are feeling stressed.
  • Stress and trauma – tightening when stressed or affected by trauma (whether emotional or physical)


As it forms an unbroken structure throughout your body from top to toes, I only need to work on the superficial layer of fascia, the bit that lies beneath your skin, to affect the deepest layers in the body.

“After years of pain … and uncountable pain killers after one session with Sarah and her Bowen therapy I experienced pain free … for the first time in 40 years; after 3 sessions I’ve had relief … and I will continue with the therapy. I still can’t believe the effect the Bowen therapy had …, it’s really unbelievable. Sarah is a brilliant therapist.”

Debbie, Bury St Edmunds

“Just had 2 fantastic Bowen sessions with Sarah! First one resolved my…issue immediately so second one was more a reinforcement and some “me” time! Soooo well looked after and everything explained amazing treatment I would highly highly recommend.”

Tracey, Bury St Edmunds

“I visited Sarah for two Bowen treatments for … pain. The results were brilliant. She sorted out what many physio sessions and home physio exercises had not managed to improve. I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be cleared in just two sessions! Thank you so much Sarah”

Dawn, Bury St Edmunds


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