Bowen Technique

Ben Calder

Ben qualified as a kinesiologist in 2003, with his own interest in holistic health stemming back a further 10 years. Qualified in Bowen Technique since 2011 and completing exams in advanced Integral Theory in 2013, Ben has been using an Integral approach to health ever since.

He specialises in assessing health and well being and generating solutions to improve your vitality, functionality and capability so you can deliver 100% of the passion that drives you in a vehicle (your body/mind) fit for purpose. Ben can provide both physical and mental health re-training to help you be at the most optimum level of health you can attain using a range of integral and holistic approaches in a bespoke program to suit your aims and needs, to help make you better at doing what you do best. He runs regular classes in mindful movement and LifeForce Qigong, facilitates Shadow Self workshops on the hidden aspects of communication dynamics, Integral Relationship groups and has also lead classes on personal development, self-help techniques and a men’s support group.

His health Specialities include: Confidence & Self Esteem, Communication and Relationship Issues, Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques, Mindful Movement, Allergies, Pain (all forms), Digestive & Nutrition issues, Epigenetics and Functional Medicine, Migraines, Hormonal Issues for any age, Poor Energy Levels, Skin problems, support for Chronic Health Conditions.


This research backed, deceptively gentle, soft tissue manipulation allows for release of pain and tension held in the physical body. It has been used successfully for issues such as back, neck, should pain, problems with knees, hips, ankles and wrists. It can also be used for breathing difficulties, asthma, hormonal problems, post trauma and post-surgical recovery. PTSD, anxiety, pregnancy pains and much more.

Bowen Technique is characterised by its ‘less is more’ approach. Simple rolling movements are done on specific points of the body, often over key acupuncture points, and then left to rest for several minutes to allow the body to respond, thus stimulating the self-repair mechanisms. Deeply relaxing, rapidly effective and gentle application make this the postural correction therapy of choice.

The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen’s unique sets of rolling-type moves which stimulate the muscles, fascia and soft tissue of the body. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used. It is believed that the Bowen Technique prompts the body to reset, repair and balance itself and clients report the experience of pain relief, improvement of function and recovery of energy.

Bowen can be considered for clients for whom other forms of therapy might be too aggressive, forceful or invasive. The tiniest of babies through to the frailest of adults have been treated with Bowen.


The best work is done directly on the skin to give the clearest feedback to the practitioner as the moves are performed, you will never be asked to wear less then underwear. If this is not possible most procedures can be done through light clothing and you can discuss this with you practitioner if you have any concerns.. The ultimate choice should be the client’s, however. Although each session will vary according to the presenting problems of the client as well as the skill and experience of the therapist, an initial treatment will address the whole body. As a general rule, moves will be made over the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back and shoulders before finishing with neck moves with the client supine (face up). A session will generally last around 45-60 minutes although this will vary according to the way individual therapists work. Treatments should be scheduled between 5-7 days apart and an initial set of 3 treatments is recommended in order to establish whether the client is likely to respond to treatment.

The “Bowen move” is very distinctive and is applied at very precise points on the body. It involves the movement of soft tissue in a certain way. The move is a rolling-type move of the thumbs and forefingers, not a flick, and is designed to stimulate the tissue and nerve pathways, creating a focus for the brain.

The move generates a change which unravels the current holding pattern and allows it to reform into a different pattern.

Short breaks are left between sequences of Bowen moves to allow the body to respond to the input created by the practitioner. This element of allowing the body to rest for a few minutes initiates the process of repair and is terribly important. The length of the breaks will vary from client to client and with different procedures, but on average we will leave clients for around two minutes in between each set of moves. The implications for these breaks become more apparent for experienced practitioners, but at the start of training many people find this a very difficult concept.

The breaks are probably one of the least understood parts of Bowen and yet it is during the breaks that the work starts to take effect and changes are implemented.

The Bowen Fascial Release treatment protocol is very well worked out in its effect on the whole body. For instance, probably the most common presentation for a Bowen therapist will be back pain. With Bowen we will tend to give a whole-body treatment at the first visit, which includes the neck, knees and shoulders. Because it is often very difficult to be completely sure where any given pain is coming from and to know how other structures are being affected by the original problem, Bowen’s holistic way of treating will most often get to the root of problems gently and efficiently.