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Bowen Therapy


Bowen Therapy, also known as the Bowen Technique, is a gentle, non-invasive form of bodywork developed by Australian therapist Tom Bowen in the 1950s. This holistic approach aims to stimulate the body's innate healing mechanisms. Practitioners use their fingers and thumbs to perform precise, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, and connective tissue. These moves send signals to the brain, prompting the body to initiate its healing responses, addressing imbalances and promoting overall well-being.

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Bowen Therapy works for a wide range of ailments! Research supporting this newer modality is being done worldwide showing its effectiveness in alleviating chronic pain, releasing stored traumas, calming the nervous system, correcting scoliosis, and enhancing fertility (hello "Bowen Babies").

Some of the primary benefits include:

  1. Pain Relief: Bowen Therapy is effective in alleviating various types of pain, including back, neck, and joint pain.

  2. Improved Mobility: The therapy can enhance flexibility and range of motion, beneficial for individuals with musculoskeletal issues.

  3. Stress Reduction: The gentle nature of Bowen Therapy helps reduce stress and promote relaxation, contributing to overall mental well-being.

  4. Enhanced Circulation: Bowen moves can improve blood flow and lymphatic drainage, aiding in the removal of toxins and promoting tissue health.

  5. Faster Recovery: Athletes and individuals recovering from injuries may experience quicker recovery times and reduced inflammation.

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Bowen Therapy operates on the principle that the body has the ability to heal itself given the right conditions. The therapist performs specific, gentle rolling movements on precise points of the body. These movements stimulate nerve pathways and the autonomic nervous system, encouraging the body to reset and heal.

Each session involves short, frequent pauses, allowing the body to process the signals and initiate healing responses. This approach makes Bowen Therapy distinct, as it relies on the body's response to minimal intervention, rather than applying force or manipulation.


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Bowen Therapy is versatile and can be used to address a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Musculoskeletal Pain: Back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, and joint pain.

  • Sports Injuries: Chronic strains, sprains, and muscle injuries.

  • Chronic Conditions: Fibromyalgia, arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

  • Respiratory Issues: Asthma, bronchitis, and sinusitis.

  • Digestive Problems: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other gastrointestinal issues.

  • Stress and Anxiety: General stress relief and management of anxiety-related symptoms.

  • Mental Health Issues: PTSD, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, ADHD

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A typical Bowen Therapy session lasts between 20 to 45 minutes. During the session, you will lie comfortably on a massage table fully clothed.

Your therapist will perform a series of gentle, rolling movements on specific points of your body, leaving the room for 1-2 minutes between sets of moves to let your body respond. These pauses are a crucial aspect of the therapy, giving your body time to process the signals and initiate healing.

Most clients find the experience deeply relaxing, often falling asleep during the session. After the session, it is common to feel a sense of calm and well-being (also called the "Bowen high", with some experiencing immediate relief from pain or discomfort.

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Does Bowen Therapy Hurt?

No, Bowen Therapy is a gentle and non-invasive technique. The movements are designed to be light and precise, causing no pain or discomfort. Most clients find the therapy relaxing and soothing.

Do You Take Insurance?

Currently, Bowen Therapy is not covered by most insurance plans. However, it is advisable to check with your insurance provider for any possible coverage options. We also offer various payment plans and packages to make our services accessible to everyone.

What Should I Wear?

You should wear loose, comfortable clothing to your Bowen Therapy session. Avoid wearing tight or restrictive clothing that may hinder the therapist's ability to perform the movements.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Bowen Therapy is generally safe and well-tolerated by most individuals. Some people may experience mild side effects such as fatigue, increased thirst, or a temporary worsening of symptoms as the body adjusts and begins the healing process. These effects are usually short-lived and are considered a normal part of the healing journey.

Bowen Therapy offers a unique and gentle approach to healing, emphasizing the body's ability to self-correct and recover. Whether you are dealing with chronic pain, recovering from an injury, or seeking overall wellness, Bowen Therapy at IVY Integrative in Charlotte, NC, may be the perfect solution for you. Contact us today to schedule your session and experience the benefits of this holistic therapy.

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Dr. Chelsea Birch


Naturopathic Doctor
Bowen Therapist

Elena DiPerri


Bowen Therapist

Dr. Sarah Kingsley


Physical Therapist
Bowen Therapist

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