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Bowen/Reflexology/Reiki Practitioner & Canine Bowen Technique Practitioner

Contact NameDawn Smith
AddressBurton upon Trent
Burton-On-Trent DE15 0AB
Phone01283 535 458
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Bowen Therapy

Can Bowen Therapy help me?

By releasing stress at a very deep level, via its calming effect on the Autonomic Nervous System, Bowen sets the scene for the body to heal itself. In contrast to many other hands-on therapies, Bowen does not attempt to force the body to change; rather it asks the body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring it back to homoeostasis (physiological equilibrium).

Bowen is suitable for all ages, from a baby with colic to an elderly person with arthritis, and there are no known contra-indications.

This remarkable technique can be quick and effective in helping the following:
  • Muscular and skeletal problems in neck, shoulder, hip, knees, ankle and back, including sciatica
  • Frozen shoulder, tennis and golf elbow, R.S.I. and carpal tunnel
  • Whiplash and sports injuries
  • Problems with posture and body alignment
  • Migraine and recurring headaches
  • Bell's Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease and the difficulties suffered by stroke victims
  • Respiratory, bronchial and related conditions such as hayfever and asthma
  • Digestive problems such as IBS
  • Arthritis
  • Hormonal, pregnancy and fertility problems
  • Stress management, ME, fatigue and sleep problems.
Bowen can be of assistance in many cases of emotional stress, where relaxation is a prime factor in easing pain and anxiety. It is also often a great help in improving the quality of life for those who are terminally ill.

What is the Bowen Technique?

The Bowen Technique is a drug-free, non-invasive, hands-on remedial therapy which can be administered through light clothing, with the client sitting, standing or lying. Releasing stress at a very deep level, it then stimulates the body to realign, addressing imbalances in functions and chemical composition and, as far as possible, restoring homeostasis (physiological equilibrium).

Bowen can help with a wide range of conditions, physical and emotional, and is suitable for all ages, from new-born babies to the elderly and infirm.

Practitioners do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe or alter medication. They may, however, advise clients to be regularly assessed by their doctor, in case their medicine doses need to be adjusted. There are no known contra-indications to treatment.

How did it get its name?

Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) was born inn Brunswick, Australia. He started by treating the injuries, aches and pains of local sportsmen, friends and family and colleagues in Geelong. He had a particular interest in bad backs. In the 1960s, he opened his own clinic and developed the therapy. During the 1970s, the Webb Report (Australian Government Report into Complementary Therapies) found that Tom Bowen was treating 13,000 people a year. The Bowen technique is now being taught to final year university students of Osteopathy in Australia.

Bowen in the UK

BTPA members are trained and accredited at BTPA-approved establishments, have certificates in Anatomy and Physiology and First Aid, have professional insurance and undertake continuing professional development (CPD). BTPA has a ‘find a therapist’ list available to people seeking a qualified practitioner.

What is the treatment like?

With primarily fingers and thumbs, the Bowen practitioner makes small, rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body, using only the amount of pressure appropriate for that individual. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used.

Rather than 'making' the body change, Bowen 'asks' the body to recognise and make the changes it requires.

Between each set of moves, the body is allowed to rest for a few minutes, to allow it to absorb the information it has received and initiate the healing process. Bowen is generally pleasant to receive, each session lasting 30 – 60 minutes, depending on the age of the client and the nature of their condition. Many clients become so relaxed they fall asleep during the treatment.

Short-term (acute) injury is usually resolved in 1 – 3 Bowen treatments, while long-standing (chronic) conditions may require longer. A gap of 5 to 10 days is recommended between Bowen sessions; so that the body can process the subtle information it has been given.

It is advised that clients do not have other hands-on therapies while receiving Bowen, as this can confuse the body's response and inhibit the healing process.

Canine Bowen Technique

A straight forward no-nonsense remedial therapy that is non-intrusive, gentle and suitable for dogs of all ages

The best Protection you can have is Prevention
Address concerns now rather than when they become issues

The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique is a gentle, non-invasive, light-touch, holistic therapy, it aims to support and boost the natural healing capabilities of the dogs body, and thus promote healing, pain relief, and general body rebalancing.

It was developed in Australia by Mr Tom Bowen and named after him following his death in the early eighties.
Although working mainly on people, he also did some work occasionally with dogs and horses.”

It was brought to England in 1993 as a human therapy, and has further developed into a Canine and Equine therapy.

The Canine Bowen Technique is not intended as a replacement for orthodox veterinary treatment.

It can be used along side orthodox treatment and is only available on a veterinary referral form.

What happens in a session?

The therapist uses fingers and thumbs on precise points on the dogs body, and applies a rolling
action that aims to disturb the muscles, ligament, tendons and energy within the body.

During the session there are periods in which the dog is left to rest and absorb the information given.

Canine Bowen treatment is not forced on the dogs. If the dog wishes to walk away then it is allowed to do so.

Part of the skill of the therapist is recognising these signs.

There is no manipulation, pulling or cracking of joints and no insertion of needles.
The treatment can be very relaxing for the dog and many will often go to sleep.

Bowen aims to encourage the dog’s body to realign itself and make adjustments, which can continue for the next seven days or until the treatment is continued.

A consultation will usually take approximately one hour, while the therapist gets to know about you and your dog, and the dog can get relaxed and comfortable with the therapist

Just one or two sessions, at weekly intervals, may be all that’s required to achieve noticeable change.

CBT has been known to be beneficial to dogs with problems in the following areas:
  • Arthritis and Muscular
  • Allergies or Skin conditions
  • Back problems
  • Behavioural problems / Aggression
  • Cystitis and Urinary Problems
  • Chronic conditions
  • Degenerative disease
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Lameness and other gait problems
  • Recurrent Ear Problems
  • Relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma
  • Rescue/re-homed dogs
  • Pain relief
  • Pre and post-operative surgery assists recovery time
  • Sciatica./.Strokes
  • Stress & Anxiety Disorders
CBT can be used to good effect as a maintenance and prevention therapy, helping to keep the body in optimum balance can be beneficial for :-
  • Active, hard working dogs used for Agility , Obedience. and working trials

To receive maximum benefit from the treatment it is recommended that no other physical therapies are mixed with Bowen. eg: Massage, Physiotherapy, Reiki

Canine Bowen Technique is generally regarded as safe and effective for dogs of all ages.

A Bowen Practitioner does not:-
  • Diagnose, Treat specific conditions
  • Prescribe or alter medication
  • Make claims
  • Force treatment on the dogs
  • The dog’s body is treated as a whole, without referral to named disease.


10 year old Collie/Retriever crossbreed, Cannot believe this is the same dog you first treated 12 months ago and still fit free. Energy level has increased and playing more. His appetite, drinking and sleeping are now all normal.
- J.M. South Derbyshire.

9 year old German Shepherd, Have not seen him so happy on his walks for a long time, he is now running with a grin on his face. Even gets under stiles without any problems.
- J Derbyshire

11 year old Collie cross, Her medication for Cushing's was reduced From 60mg’s to 5mg’s quite a transformation. A happier dog
- L.T. Boylestone


Relaxation for the Benefit of everyone
  • Reflexology is a wonderful relaxing beneficial treatment.
  • It uses the techniques of therapeutic touch.
  • It aids the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
  • A treatment usually lasts 45—60

  • Relieves stress and tension
  • Encourages the body to heal itself
  • Improve’s circulation and promotes the unblocking of nerve endings
  • Induces a deep sence of relaxation
  • Detoxifies and cleanses the body
  • Adjusts emotional imbalance
  • Eases aches and paines by relaxing the musculature
  • Calms over activity, or stimulates under activiy in any part of the body
Reflexology has been around for thousands of years in Ancient Egypt, India and China it came to the western world in 1917.

The principal of reflexology is that the feet mirror the human body, it involves gentle pressure to reflex points located on all parts of the feet, which have a beneficial effect on the corresponding part of the body which unblock the energy channels.

After Care Advice following your Reflexology Treatment

To gain the maximum benefits of the treatment you have just received. Please try and follow the
following advice.

It is very important to drink plenty of water approximately 2 litres. This will flush out the body and detoxify the system. Herbal teas or still flavoured water can be taken.
  • Avoid caffeine drinks, chocolate, alcohol and fizzy drinks.
  • Do not take heavy meals for at least one hour after treatment.
  • Do not rush around, if possible take things easy for the next few hours.
It is advisable to keep a note/diary of any feelings or reactions you may have experienced after treatment, and bring it with you to your next session.

Due to the nature of reflexology toxins may be released , these react on people in different ways.

They may include any of the following symptoms:
  • Headaches/Nausea
  • Increase in urination/altered bowel habits
  • Flue like symptoms/shivering
  • Tiredness/lightheaded
  • Emotional/euphoric
  • Walking on air/tingling
  • Nothing
  • Existing conditions can feel worse before they feel better but this is nothing to be concerned about it is called a (healing crises) which just means that the treatment is working and usually only lasts 24 hours.


What is Reiki?
It is a Japanese word (pronounced Ray Key)

Meaning: Universal Life Force Energy

It is this energy or Ki, which flows through the body and usually brings a feeling of relaxation and well-being.
    Lasts for about one hour.
    It is given fully clothed.
    Can be given lying or seated


Service Categories
Animal Therapy, Bowen Therapy, Emmett Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki

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