How I Use the Bowen Technique
I don’t diagnose or treat medical conditions, however I do use assessment to target the primary causes of structural dysfunction. There is no set treatment pathway to ‘cure’ you of (e.g.) your frozen shoulder, but I do work with the fact that your arm has restricted movement and try to help change that.
My approach is inspired by the work of Graham Pennington and Romney Smeeton, based on Romney’s years of direct learning with Tom Bowen. Tom Bowen’s work is based on the original philosophy behind osteopathy and chiropractic, but uses different tools to get the results.
My experience is that Bowen works well for most people, but I will actively refer to other professionals when I think that would be better for you.
What Can Bowen Help?
The Bowen Technique frequently offers pain and emotional relief where other modalities have failed.
Bowen Therapy is appropriate for newborn babes through to the elderly and infirm.
The Bowen Therapy can provide significant benefit to clients suffering from the following:
- Muscular and skeletal problems in neck, shoulder, hip, knees, ankle and back, including sciatica, Whiplash arthritic pain, fibromyalgia…..
- Frozen shoulder, tennis and golf elbow, R.S.I. and carpal tunnel
- Problems with posture and body alignment
- Migraine and recurring headaches, neuralgia
- Bell’s Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and the difficulties suffered by stroke victims
- Respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis, hay fever
- Sports injuries – treatment and prevention.
- Work-related injuries
- Digestive conditions such as kidney problems, constipation, colic, IBS, indigestion, diverticulitis, colitis and Crohn’s Disease
- High blood pressure
- Eczema & Psoriasis
- Hormonal, & Gynaecological conditions, pregnancy and fertility problems, infertility (male and female), PMS, breast lumps , menopause
- Stress management, ME, fatigue and sleep problems.
- General relaxation and body balancing
- Bowen may help during pre- and post-operative periods
- Children and even small babies respond especially well to Bowen treatment and it is also ideal to keep the body comfortable and balanced during pregnancy
- Typically a client will require four to six sessions but the number of sessions is very much determined by:
- The type of condition which affects the client;
- The severity of their condition;
- The complexity of their condition;
- The length of time that they have had the condition;
- Their lifestyle (e.g. diet, exercise, pressure of occupation and family);
- Whether the condition is a single condition suffered by the client or whether the client suffers from multiple conditions (and if so how many).
The Bowen Therapy is very forgiving and the therapist can work simultaneously on a number of problems. The Bowen Therapy generally provides safe, speedy relief and is usually successful in dealing with long standing conditions.
At the extremes, simple problems can resolve in just one session and more complex situations may require many more than four sessions. Some problems resolve but require ongoing maintenance to remain symptom free, this is relatively rare, but does sometimes happen.
If the client experiences absolutely no positive results after the third session, we would seek to find other alternatives with you, rather than proceed with another session.
Ultimately the number of sessions is determined by the client solely on results. If the client is seeing tangible and measurable improvements and obtaining symptom relief, but the condition is not yet fully resolved we would recommend that the client continue the Bowen Therapy. The final choice is always the client’s.
The Bowen Therapy is not like other therapies. It is safe, gentle, effective and achieves significant results.
The Bowen “moves” appear to initiate and stimulate a release and re-balance in the bodies facia. This facia is a liquid crystal bio-matrix that covers everything in our body. It covers the muscles, individual muscle fibres, organs and the nerves. Signals are sent through the facia which translates into a safe, rapid self healing process that has few, if any, short term side effects and which typically provides long term relief from pain and discomfort for a large number of clients affected by a wide range of conditions
I had Bowen treatment after suffering with a disc bulge and as a result sciatica for over a year, affecting all areas of my life. I’m now able to run again, work in my office without being in pain, and I am no longer taking pain relief. (Of which I was on lots of prescription drugs). Bowen is amazing!
Phil puts you at ease and is brilliant at what he does.
I have also since had the best sports massage ever, from Phil. I highly recommend both treatments.Sciatica for over a year !
What a difference a day makes!
I tried the ‘Old Pain 2 Go’ therapy technique last week with Phil, who is North Devon’s qualified practitioner at Hands On Clinic in Braunton. I hoped that it would reduce the pain I’ve been experiencing over the last four years from Fibromyalgia + neck/shoulder tension.
The treatment is rooted in the Blake Method (I’ve just been reading up on this at oldpain2go.com – which also gives a great overview) and it begins by identifying the event/s that first triggered your pain. You’re then guided through a gentle process, fully clothed, which works to ‘reset’ the alert signals that nerves may be sending to your brain, ones that are likely to be no longer useful. In a way, a lot like switching off or turning down the volume on a smoke alarm that is continuing to beep long after the fire has been put out!
I found that my session with Phil on Friday was amazingly effective. His manner was so reassuring as he guided me through the treatment. I woke the next morning feeling uplifted and hopeful – 5 days on and my pain is drastically reduced! I fully recommend ‘Old Pain 2 Go’ to anyone seeking a remedy to chronic pain. Go in with an open mind and you won’t be disappointed.. 😊 Thank you Phil and the lovely team at Hands On ✨🙏Old pain 2 go
- I felt compelled to join and write my first ever review because of the Bowen Treatment I have received from Phil at Hands On Clinic. Before I committed myself to having this treatment, I was suffering from muscle wastage, tinnitus, back ache, and numerous issues that ladies go through during ” the change ” and feeling like I was on my way out. The Bowen treatment has piece by piece reversed the degenerative symptoms that had been happening over a number of years in just a few months, my tinnitus has gone and my muscles have grown back. I feel like I did 10 years ago . I share my experience in the hope that if anyone else is struggling with their health, to know that there is alternatives to tests and tablets and with real life changing results..Life Changing Results!
I started having Bowen therapy with Phill about two and a half years ago and I haven’t looked back since! It is no overstatement when I say Bowen therapy has completely transformed my life.
I initially came to Bowen therapy in desperation as I had been having to visit an osteopath almost every week because of an agonising neck problem and my heart and wallet was in despair!
After only three visits to Phill my neck problem had completely gone! I was amazed because I had been in so much pain for so long. After a few more treatments Bowen seemed to be having a very positive effect on my Chronic Fatigue/M.E symptoms that I had lived with since I was 16 years old. I managed this well by looking after myself well but every now and then I would have flare ups where I would be so tired I could hardly walk up the stairs. I couldn’t keep up with my friends who were all leading very active lives and doing anything fun and active would leave me exhausted for days afterwards. It was miserable!
But this is not the case anymore! I now am able to work five days a week in a very busy job, exercise four days a week, and swim in the sea at any chance I get. This is a big difference from being left exhausted by a day’s work and just wanting to go to bed when I got home. I cannot recommend Bowen therapy enough. I never EVER thought that I would be able to be this active and pain free and still have bundles of energy. So when I say Bowen therapy has changed my life, I absolutely mean it! I have recommended it to so many other people with aches and pains and chronic fatigue and they report fantastic results too. If Bowen therapy was prescribed by the NHS there would be so many less people on antidepressants and painkillers!
I have not come across another Bowen Therapist quite as good as Phill, which is why I now travel back from Plymouth to come to the Hands On Clinic.
Both Phill and Ellie have created a gorgeous little sanctuary in the middle of Braunton, they are beautiful humans that really care about what they do, which makes all the difference.Completely Transformed my life.
I visited your clinic on 3rd January for a float and treatment with yourself, whilst visiting my sister who lives in Braunton. I have suffered 20 years of escalating and debilitating pelvis and back problems and have seen more than 20 ‘professionals’ including several physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, pain specialists and doctors. I have had all sorts of opinions, ‘diagnoses’ and treatments (including injections, denervation treatment, shockwave therapy and endless manipulations) but no one has ever got to the bottom of my issues and I have continued to suffer and lead an increasingly restricted life. It had got to the point where my pelvis would not stay in place and I had a daily battle with pain.
After examining me you confidently ‘diagnosed’ that the issue is actually with my neck and the referred pain and issues all stemmed from this – basically very tight muscles and tension around my neck/shoulders/head…
Well…this was a revelation to me…and amazingly, low and behold, 4 weeks on I am still feeling the benefits!! I quit going to the most recent physio I had been seeing weekly for the past 20 months, stopped going to the chinese massage and sought out a local Bowen practitioner near Bedford, where I live. I have been to her 3 times now.
It is still early days but for the first time in so long I am more consistently comfortable than not, I have already started going for a gentle swim each week – something I have been unable to do for so long, I am able to go walking more, and I am generally able to function so much more comfortably at home and at work. So I am quietly optimistic that things will continue to improve as my body learns to relax, to stay aligned correctly and everything strengthens up… I hate labels as they imply you can’t get better from your ailment so to simply have tension means I can heal completely…my absolute dream outcome!!
I wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’, although words are not really enough to express my gratitude for saving me from a life of pain. Next time I visit Braunton I will be there for a float and a treatment from you and hope to be getting fantastically fit by then!
With best wishes and gratitudeGratitude for saving me from a life of pain.
I recently started having Bowen Therapy with Phil at Hands On for a pain I’ve had in my shoulder, neck and back for over 15 years. From the first moment I set foot inside, everyone there has been so friendly and welcoming. Phil works holistically and very quickly established the source of the referred pain. It turned out my whole body was a bit lopsided from tension in my jaw. Phil is extremely skilful, knowledgeable and has an incredible intuition. He was able to read my body like a book and pinpoint areas of tension, that I didn’t even know I had. After my first treatment I already felt a big difference and now, a couple of months later, I am completely freed from all my pain. My body (and mind) feel stronger than ever and my neck has so much more movement than before. As well as his Jedi healing powers, Phil is such a genuine, warm and caring human being. I am so very grateful for everything he has done and can’t recommend Bowen Therapy and the guys at Hands On highly enough. – VickBowen Technique – Vick
Being a pofessional horse rider, my body gets a battering!!!I have tried various treatments over the years!!! I have just started treatment with Phil at Hands On!Its the first time I’ve tried Bowen!!
I’m so pleased to find a treatment that finally works for me!! Phil is brilliant!! Very clever, professional and knowlegeable!!
Highly recommend to anyone!!!A treatment that finally works – Martina
You are literally a magician!! Thank you so much for fitting me in yesterday, I’m fixed!!!
DaisyLiterally a magician !!
I had an injury and could barely use my hand, my arm was also swollen with shooting pains every time I moved it. Thank goodness someone recommended Phil and the Bowen technique. The clinic was relaxed and informal and friendly, The treatment was pretty relaxing and Wow, after the second treatment my arm was completely pain free, my hand back to normal. Thank you so much.Arm Pain – Abi
I had the Bowen technique by Phil. wow! is about all I can say. I have a trapped nerve that has been so painful and caused much distress. I went for my first treatment today and what an experience. it wasn’t painless, but it wasn’t painful if that makes sense. the nerve endings were literally flickering and waking up with what he was doing. and now for the first time in a week I feel relief and the pain is subsiding. thank you so much Phil and your magic hands…. I’m truly grateful ❤💚 – LouNerve endings waking up
I recently visited the friendly and relaxed Hands On Clinic, I was suffering with a very painful back and neck. After only three bowen treatments with Phil I can’t believe how much better I am, I have more movement in my neck now than I have had for years.Thank you very much PhilI can’t believe how much better I am!
Went in too see Phil yesterday as I was at the stage that I couldn’t turn my head and was in agony.. he sorted an emergency appointment for me half an hour later as he could see how much pain I was in… after treatment I could immediately move my head without as much pain and the following day had no pain at all! I usually suffer for up to a week but thanks to him I didn’t have too. Fantastic service and care! I felt like he wasn’t just doing his job but genuinely wanted to help me.. thank you.Emergency Neck Treatment – Katie
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Your a bloody miracle worker!! For the first time in months I have woken up without any pain in my neck! I am chuffed to bits, Thankyou so much!Just a quick feedback. – Debbie
Four weeks ago I was on crutches, in lots of pain and on a high dose of painkiller
s. I had severe hip/back pain, unable to do lots of things. Hands on was recommende d to me, so thought it was worth a try, anything to stop the pain.
It has been the best thing I have ever done, Phil uses the Bowen technique,
and i am now off of the crutches and the painkiller s, and feel pretty amazing. I just wish I had heard about this place months ago, I now recommend to everyone I can and a few of my friends have already been and are getting great results! Can’t thank these guys enough!!Off crutches in four weeks !!
My son, who was 3 at the time, had been diagnosed with a viral skin complaint that was spreading. (He also had eczema for which steroid cream was usually prescribed by the GP.)The doctors told me there was nothing that could be done and that he could be suffering with it for up to 2 years! In desperation I looked for alternative treatments and discovered Hands On. I spoke with Phil who advised me to bring my son in for Bowen. It was the best thing I ever did. After 4 sessions it started clearing up and within 2 more sessions it had completely gone! As had his eczema. We are so pleased & grateful to Phil for his expertise & fabulous way with our children. I still visit Hands On as my youngest daughter has eczema now but Phil is working his magic and this too is clearing up. All without the need for steroid creams! Thank you Hands On!!Bowen treatment transformed my son’s skin
After 2 years of failed fertility treatment, just 5 months of Bowen Therapy with Phil at Hands On Treatment Centre has finally resulted in a successful pregnancy. My last Bowen Therapy session with Phil was intense, and I definitely felt changes in my body, sure enough later that month my husband and I conceived 🥰 We are so incredibly grateful for Phil’s support and phenomenal skills!
We really recommend anyone who’s having trouble to contact Phil at Hands On. We will forever be singing his praises.Fertility Treatment
Hiyer Phil, so I do believe in miracles!!!!! and thanks to you traveling round the world, there’s been a miracle……….I can turn my head right round, nearly 360 degrees!!!! And the ankle is loads better too. THANK YOUMiracles…
Went to the Hands On clinic at the end of November 2015. I had tried everything to help me with Restless Legs Syndrome – which I have suffered for 40 years+ – including heavy duty drugs, acupuncture (seriously desperate action as I have major needle phobia) nothing helped. I’ve been seeing Phil and having the Bowen Treatment and here I am just over 2 months later CURED!! Yes, no more pain, no more being unable to just sit and relax, YES I can now go to restaurants, theatres, cinemas etc and not have to keep getting up to stop my legs hurting. YES I am not fidgeting all evening and annoying my husband. The clinic is so brilliant. The staff and his wife Ellie are really, really friendly and most important, caring. Phil is amazing and now know why he is called the Magic Man. Thank you, thank, thank you.Restless Legs – Vera
In 1991 I had a motorcycle accident. Ever since, I’ve suffered from lower back pain. I have been to the O’s (physio, chiro, ostio,) all have been beneficial, but only temporary. Also Pilates and yoga. Again, a temporary fix.
Phil, at Hands On, after 3 sessions has put me right. I am pain free for the first time in 23 years.
Phil, I can’t thank you enough.
The Bowen technique is definitely the one.Martin
“After a nasty fall , on wet decking , I came out of hospital on crutches and strong painkillers for my sprained ankle. After a sleepless night with pain and swelling, I called Handson Clinic for advise. The advise from Phil was swift and relevant , and instead of the suggested 3 month recovery , I was off crutches in 2 days , walking normal after a month and after a few bowen moves to alleviate stiffness ( memory of , best I can describe ) , I was well enough to go away at Christmas so thank you to Phil and the clinic facilities. I took ruta grav and rhus tox from the clinic and this minimised the bruising and helped tissue heal. The Float Tank , I got into with help, after 2 days and this was the key to speedy healing . I am not an expert on how the epsom salts work, but to say it was incredible how quick my ankle healed and I would 100 % recommend to anyone with breaks or sprains to quicken up healing and help with pain relief. I didn’t take any painkillers .”
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“6 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Complex Pain Syndrome meaning that all my joints were so painful I could barely walk, after going round all the hospitals including Bristol children’s hospital I was finally told that I had to do intense physio and it could take up to a year to get better. Mum rang up Hands On Floatation and Treatment Centre on the off chance that Phil, who does the Bowen technique could fit me in at some point. Much to our delight Phil said he could fit me in for my first session that afternoon. Four sessions later and I am not in pain at all anymore and I am back to completely normal all thanks to Phil! Thank you so much Phil, your amazing!!!!!Tara