The Bowen Technique and Fascia Bowen at York Clinic

The Bowen Technique is a gentle soft tissue therapy involving no adjustment or manipulation to gain results. During a treatment, a series of anatomically placed moves ensure the connective tissue which surrounds all organs and muscles in the body is relaxed and the muscles are working in the correct combination and length. Martina Hinds practises Bowen at the York Clinic.

Many therapies focus on full contact, adjustment, deep massage, manipulation or muscle stretching. The Bowen approach is subtler – with the correct cues, the brain has ability to sort out its own problems and reset functional errors. The treatment is gentle, subtle and relaxing. Clients report experiencing pain relief, improvement of function and recovery of energy. Bowen is safe for all ages from a new-born baby suffering with colic symptoms through to an elderly person with arthritis. There are no know contra indications.

Fascia Bowen moves are performed using an even lighter touch than the familiar Bowen moves but are equally as effective. It is a gentler alternative to the standard Bowen treatment for clients who are in severe pain, managing stress or a chronic health condition. The treatment is deeply relaxing and when treating children, parents and carers alike report an improvement in symptoms of childhood ailments after having a Fascia Bowen treatment. They notice better posture; balance; co-ordination; healthier children with better concentration; improvement in sleeping patterns; enhanced motor control and behaviour leading to quieter and happier children.

Bowen has been observed to help with:

  • acute or chronic back pain
  • chronic fatigue
  • digestive issues, sluggish bowels
  • general aches or pains
  • general relaxation and body balancing
  • headaches
  • jaw discomfort e.g. TMJ, TMD
  • limited range of movement e.g. frozen shoulder or tennis elbow
  • pain management
  • recovery from injuries e.g. work, sports or accidents such as whiplash
  • respiratory issues e.g. asthma or hayfever
  • sciatica
  • stress; anxiety


What to expect?

Each session begins with a consultation allowing the treatment to be tailored to your specific needs. The session will last for up to one hour with anatomically placed moves being performed through loose fitting clothing.

Please wear loose non-slip clothing like a cotton T-shirt and tracksuit bottoms. Jeans will need to be removed if having lower body work done. A blanket is used for your modesty.

For lymphatics treatments, please bring shorts and wear a vest top or camisole (for ladies).

Most clients report benefits from an average of 4 sessions, although chronic conditions may take longer than this.

PLEASE NOTE: Martina does not treat specific conditions, diagnose, prescribe or suggest altering medication and will never claim to cure anything. According to your reported symptoms of pain or restriction discussed in your consultation, your body will be treat holistically as a whole.

Bowen and Emmett treatments are not intended to substitute or replace medical advice or treatments with your own doctor.

The Bowen Therapists Professional Association (BTPA) regularly collects evidence on the benefits of having Bowen therapy in the form of case studies, testimonials and research

For more information, have a look at Martina’s website. If you would like to come and see me at the York Clinic please telephone 01904 709688, mail, or use our contact form. Will respond to you as quickly as possible.