Bowen Therapy for Babies and Children

Children respond really well to Bowen therapy.  It is a gentle, non-invasive, calming and effective technique suitable for most health problems.

Bowen Therapy helps the little ones adjust to “life on the outside” and recover from the trauma of birth. It is not uncommon for babies to have digestive and/or respiratory problems arising from strain and pressure on the neck, jaw, spine and pelvis experienced during the birth process. Bowen therapy helps the baby’s body to realign and repair itself so the body can function optimally, free from pain and discomfort.  I have used Bowen Therapy effectively for babies suffering from digestive and sleep disturbances – often just a couple of  treatments is enough to clear the problem.

Bowen therapy can really help children adapt and adjust to external pressures such as dealing with new and unfamiliar situations – birth of a new sibling, starting at childcare or school, death of a pet, family break up, moving house…

The body’s natural stress response shuts down the digestive system so that most of the body’s energy and resources are geared to the fight or flight mechanisms.  Therefore, if a baby/infant is experiencing more stress than it can handle it may have difficulty digesting food with symptoms of discomfort, constipation or diarrhea, and often difficulty sleeping. Bowen therapy works wonderfully well for babies and infants suffering from these conditions by calming their nervous system and helping the child to accept and adapt to the new circumstances.

Bowen therapy sessions

Sessions include consultation and bowen treatment.

  • Babies and infants – sessions are usually 30 minutes
  • Children 5- 12 years – sessions are around 30-45 minutes

If a series of treatments are indicated, these will be weekly.




Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen for the Knee
Bowen for the Knee

Bowen Therapy is a whole body natural health care system comprising the Bowen Technique, a gentle bodywork technique devised by Tom Bowen in the 1950’s in Australia.  Bowen Therapy is a remarkable complementary health care system used with great success to assist the body to regulate and repair itself.  In 1975 the Victorian Govern­ment set up an inquiry into alternative health care professionals and it was determined that Tom Bowen treated over 13,000 people with nearly 90% success rate.  Bowen Therapy is gaining recognition internationally and is particularly beneficial for the myriad of chronic health conditions suffered by so many people in the 21st Century.

How does it work?

A gentle, dynamic bodywork technique performed on the body in specific locations and sequences depending on the presenting symptoms. Mandatory pauses between “moves” allow the body to integrate the messages from each set of moves.  The most striking feature of the Bowen technique is that it works with the body’s messenger systems to reset, realign, rebalance and repair.  Of particular importance is how it targets the Autonomic Nervous System to bring the 2 branches, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic, into equilibrium.  Consider the high stress lifestyle most of us experience which tends to cause the Sympathetic Nervous System to be stuck in the on position and the Parasympathetic is being overridden or ignored.  Tension, inflammation, sleep disturbance and anxiety are the most common consequence of this imbalance in the Autonomic Nervous System.  Bowen Therapy assists the body to calm the Sympathetic Nervous System and activate the Parasympathetic Nervous System so that genuine relaxation is obtained, energy begins to flow without impedance and the body can begin to repair itself.  Bowen Therapy can accelerate healing after acute injury and is increasingly being used by athletes to treat injuries and also to maintain optimum physical fitness and health.


Bowen Therapy – more than Bodywork technique

Bowen Therapy works on the whole body, it is capable of treating any condition including digestive problems, sleep disorders, respiratory illness, chronic fatigue, headaches… When used in conjunction with other therapies that address nutritional imbalances and poor lifestyle habits, the body is greatly assisted to repair and restore itself to optimum health and wellbeing.

Bowen for the Ankle
Bowen for the Ankle