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A Journey into the Fascial Understanding of the Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique, named after its originator Tom Bowen, has grown hugely in popularity since it was first taught in the 1980s. Known for its simplicity and key signature features such as its short breaks between moves, the technique has been shown time and again to bring extraordinary results with very little pressure on the part of the therapist.

Unusually the founder himself seemed to know very little of the actual workings of his technique, calling it a ‘gift from God’, content to treat the thousands of people he saw without the need to understand too deeply the processes that drove his results.

Understandably numerous questions remain:

  • How does it work?
  • Why is such light pressure so effective?
  • What are the factors involved in producing the results?
  • And what is the theory behind such a gentle approach?

This book breaks down the concepts of The Bowen Technique and develops an understanding of what is going on during a treatment, including explanations of why things happen the way that they do.

Featuring the entire range of classical Bowen procedures, each move is explained in depth, covering such topics as the importance of understanding fascia and connective tissue and its key role in bodywork.

The original work of Tom Bowen is enshrined throughout the book, an attempt to finally understand just what is going on when a Bowen move is performed. Baker explains clearly why deep pressure is considered detrimental to intelligent bodywork approaches and how every structure can be accessed without the need for pain for the client or tension from the therapist.

Additional information

Text Full colour
ISBN 978 1 905367 40 5
Pages 168
Binding Paperback
Dimensions 275 x 212 mm
Rights sold Korean, Polish
Illustrations 280 colour photos and images

Author biography

Originally from London, Julian Baker undertook training in The Bowen Technique when he was living in Australia. He initially trained in reflexology but he sought out Bowen training after being impressed by very successful treatment for an acute neck injury. Returning to Britain in 1992, he initially ran a busy clinic but soon began teaching the technique full time in response to the tremendous demand for training. As a result of his devotion and boundless energy, he has been responsible for the rapid growth of the technique in the UK, travelling throughout the country teaching and promoting it. Julian’s first career path was catering and he was involved in the regional apprenticeship and training scheme for eight years. As a result, his teaching is what has been termed by some as “lively and innovative”. Julian uses ‘hands-on-hands’ teaching, demonstrations, analogies and case histories to pass on The Bowen Technique in a unique and animated way.

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