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Bowen Therapy for depression is a simple yet effective drug-free, non-invasive remedial technique that is administered by a trained professional therapist. The technique involves applying a finger and thumb rolling movement to your muscle ligaments, tendons and fascia, allowing your body to release stress from a very deep, intimate level therefore encouraging your body to repair, heal, and grow naturally.

What is Bowen Therapy?


The Bowen Technique is a remedial hands-on therapy in which the practitioner applies very gentle pressure to precise points of the body. Thumbs and fingers are used to perform a set of rolling-type moves that stimulate the muscles and soft tissue. 

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In todays modern society we tend to live in a highly stressful environment. Stress and anxiety can manifest as both physical pain and or emotionally pain, and should never be left untreated. It is often the belief that stress and anxiety are the biggest cause of dis-ease in the body today. Bowen Therapy is a massage therapy that usually is used for muscle aches and pain such as back pain, shoulder pain, headaches or respitory problems.

What many clients find is that although they seek a Bowen Therapist for pain relief there is often also emotional and mental benefits to having Bowen Therapy with many people reporting a strong sense of stress relief, reduced anxiety and improvement to their overall mental wellbeing.

What to Expect From Bowen Therapy

A Bowen Practioner will first ask you some questions about your health history and be able to create a personalised healing plan and also tell you what to expect, answering any questions that may arise.

During your first session they may ask you to wear light clothing and then lay down on a treatment table and then, using a set of thumbs and fingers will target specific areas of your body, after each set of moves a therapist will leave the room for a few minutes in order for the body to begin to release its natural healing ability.

Bowen therapy works with muscles, tendons and joints to heal from the inside via the autonomic nervous system. This system controls 80% of the body’s functions and is very susceptible to external factors. Bowen Therapy releases the pain from the source treating the cause rather than the symptom. Bowen also tends to heal the body as a whole, for example when working on back pain someone may report improvement in breathing or digestion.

Also, Bowen Therapy can be used for people of any age due to the delect nature of the moves that a therapist employs.

How Can Bowen Therapy Help Ease My Depression?

Bowen therapy can help ease your depression in several ways. Firstly, it will help you relax and remove tension from your body, secondly, as Bowen Practitioners believe that the therapy encourages the body’s self healing capabilities, a treatment may help stimulate healing parts of your body that are out of balance.

How Much Does A Typical Bowen Therapy Session Cost?

If you are based in the UK you can ask your GP for help with paying for Bowen Treatment on the NHS but your condition must be related to muscle pains and also be of a chronic level to be considered. If that is not the case for you then you can go private ( and we have several bowen therapists in our directory in the UK, USA, Europe and Asia) where costs range from £30/$40 to £50/$65 per session and sometimes can go up slightly higher depending upon what part of the world you live in.


What If Bowen Thereapy Doesn’t Work For Me?

First of all, don’t worry!

If you think Bowen therapy is the right therapy but you have the wrong therapist then you have every right to seek a second opinion and you will not offend your therapist, they just want you to heal from your difficulty as best you can and you deserve to feel better.

If, on the other hand, you don’t feel Bowen therapy is working at all then do not be disheartened, there are many, many different types of therapy to heal from depression and Bowen therapy is only one. Use our therapy directory to find a different therapy, you may find hypnotherapy works better or possibly some holistic treatment. The key is not to think this is your only option.

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Please note : This information should not replace professional medical advice, it is purely for informational purposes . At all times when you are in crisis please first seek help from your GP or another medical professional. Thankyou