Helpful Articles


Bowen therapy’s light touch can improve alignment, ease pain and increase range of motion

by Nicole Tsong, special to The Seattle Times

The practice relies on the body’s nervous system to do the work after applying light pressure to connective tissue. “You can unwind the whole connective tissue system by just a couple different moves on a couple of places,” says Kelly Clancy, a Bowen instructor and practitioner.



What Can the Bowen Technique Mean for People With Scleroderma

by Marijke Schroot-Kortenoeven

This research paper describes the influence of the Bowen Technique for patients with Scleroderma, based on the study of 14 sclerodrma patients. The results show that the Bowen treatment has a real, positive effect on the majority of the participants on an emotional and physical level.


Bowenwork Therapist Blazes Health-Care Trail

by Kimberly Hilden, Snohomish County Business Journal

[Excerpt] Nancy Clark is used to being a wellness “pioneer.” Back when she studied to become a natural therapeutic specialist in the mid-1980s, massage and other natural treatments weren’t nearly as well known, or as well used, in the United States as they are in today’s healthcare environment.



What is Tensegrity Medicine?

by Kelly Clancy, OTR/L, CHT, LMP

[Excerpt] Tensegrity Medicine is a new approach to manual therapy centered on the relationship of the whole body with an individual’s interaction with their environment.  Based upon biotensegrity concepts derived from Stephen Levin’s biologic interpretation of Buckminster Fuller’s concepts of Tensegrity, the method approaches a body comprised of ‘equal forces of tensional compression and distraction’.


Bowenwork: A New Approach to Bodywork

by Sandra Gustafson, MHS, RN

[Excerpt] Bowenwork is an established form of bodywork increasingly sought by clients who desire approaches to pain relief, postural realignment and relaxation; and by bodywork practitioners seeking an effective, hands-on modality that does not unduly strain their bodies when working on multiple clients a day. Bowenwork is a facilitative process, wherein the practitioner’s light, minimal moves on the body, plus pauses, coax its innate healing mechanisms toward self-restoration and relaxation. The technique notably affects the autonomic nervous system, shifting it from sympathetic dominant to parasympathetic homeostasis.



Unraveling of Pain
by Manon Bolliger ND, FCAH, DHANP, CCH

[Excerpt] On a simple level, pain signals that there is an imbalance in the body. In fact, any symptom that the body produces signals a degree of "dis-ease." Tom Bowen, the man from whom the "Bowen Technique" takes its name, believed that we are all born with a blue-print of health: a natural plan for homeostasis and balance. With gentle non-invasive stimulation, he believed, the body would know innately how to self regulate and heal itself. Tom Bowen was keenly aware that any structural disequilibrium would eventually lead to functional and physiological disequilibria. His gift was to have created a treatment system and methodology based on sensing minute discrepancies in tissue tension, that was reproducible by any trained Bowen therapist enabling them to trigger that self-healing blue print in the patient.



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