I work at Fawkes Clinic, Brunell Mall, Stroud.  More details can be found on the 'Contact Me' page.

It will be recommended that you book 3-4 treatments at weekly intervals initially. For some people this is enough, for others with more chronic or long term issues further treatments may be suggested.

You do not need to undress for a Bowen treatment as most of the moves can be done through light clothing.  I would recommend a loose fitting cotton t shirt and tracksuit bottoms.  Jeans are not suitable.

A medical history will be taken on your first treatment, so please remember to bring a list of medications and supplements you are taking.  As Bowen is holistic it is beneficial to gain a full understanding of a persons health, both present and past, including accidents and injuries.  It may have seemed irrelevant at the time, but can have an impact on health in the future.  

The Bowen Technique is holistic, which means it has the potential to help people with a broad range of conditions,( although we do not claim to treat or cure any medical condition).  The majority of people come for treatments with muscular skeletal conditions such as sciatica and other back pain, neck and shoulder pain, but many people are now finding their way to Bowen with conditions such as IBS, Colitis, and fertility problems.

More professional athletes are finding Bowen to be a valuable part of their training regime, with regular treatments lowering the frequency of injuries and even enhancing performance.  The explorer/adventurer Bear Grylls has regular Bowen treatments stating that it helps him recover from his expeditions and keeps him fit, healthy and mobile.

People with arthritis often comment that they have less joint stiffness and pain and more mobility and others comment that after their Bowen treatments they sleep better at night, which for some people, is a huge benefit.


  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis,  (Osteo and Rheumatoid)
  • Whiplash
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sport's injuries (chronic and acute)
  • Migraine
  • Asthma and other respiratory problems
  • IBS, Colitis and other digestive problems
  • Problem/painful periods and fertility issues
  • Pregnancy  
  • Bells Palsy, MS, Stroke
  • Autism and Aspergers
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Post surgery to aid recovery and rehabiliation
  • Assisting sporting performance, aiding recovery rates, helping prevent injury etc

And much more....
 
**Bowen is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis.  Please consult your GP if you have concerns about your health.


 

​COST; Clinic £38.  Home Visits £40 plus travel @ 40p p/mile (after 8 miles)


Dogs
Veterinary permission is  required prior to treating in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeon's Act 1966, exemptions order 2015
 
Treatments for dogs are similar to those for people.  The moves are applied in the same way, although the treatment pace is often dictated by the dogs who will sometimes wander off to process the work. 

Prior to treating the dog, a full background history is taken.  This will include information about the dog's daily lifestyle such as diet, exercise, temperament, behaviour etc.  This helps to build a clearer picture on areas that may have an impact on the condition the dog is being treated with.

Observations will be made on static and dynamic conformation, this basically means looking at how the dog is put together, how it stands and moves etc.

Observations will also be made by running the hands all over the body, looking for areas of tension, tenderness, heat or cold etc.

The actual time 'hands on treating' the dog is relatively short, about 20 minutes.  The 'breaks' of around 1-2 minutes will be put in after 2-3 sets of moves.  However, dogs are far more in tune with their body's and will often decide where they want the breaks and move away.  It is not uncommon for a dog to leave the room for a few minutes only to return for more.  The dog is never restrained during the treatment and is free to move around, or come and go as he/she likes.

Dogs that have regular Bowen often walk over and present the area they want or need working on!
 
                                                     HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?

How many treatments a dog requires will depend on it's presenting condition, age etc.  But as with people, I would recommend about 3 treatments at weekly intervals initially.
 
 Working or competing dogs would benefit from regular treatments to help prevent injury, maintain health and enhance performance and recovery time.

  • Back / neck / shoulder pain and stiffness
  • Muscular tension and stiffness
  • Hip, elbow dysplasia and other joint issues such as OCD.
  • Spinal injuries
  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Arthritis
  • IBS, Colitis and other digestive complaints
  • Epilepsy
  • Post surgery to aid recovery
  • Behavioural issues e.g. phobias, anxiety
  • Maintenance and performance enhancement in competing dogs
  • Palliative care for dogs with terminal illness
And much more..
 
**Canine Bowen Therapy is not a substitute for professional Veterinary care or diagnosis. Always consult your Veterinary Surgeon if you are concerned about your dog's health
 
                                 COST; £30 PLUS TRAVEL @ 40P PER MILE (over 8 miles)
 
I work at Pet Rehab, Uley, Stroud, on Wednesday afternoons.  For more info go to the "Pet Rehab" page on this site
 
** I AM ALSO JOINT DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF CANINE BOWEN THERAPY WHICH TRAINS PEOPLE TO TREAT DOGS.  IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A CHANGE OF CAREER, AND WOULD LIKE TO LEARN HOW TO HELP DOGS PLEASE CONTACT ME, OR SEND AN EMAIL TO;     caninebowentherapy@hotmail.co.uk 
GO TO www.schoolofcaninebowentherapy.com for more info.
 

Veterinary permission is  required prior to treating in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeon's Act 1966 exemptions order 2015
 
The treatment of horses can be quite a  complex exercise as there are so many aspects that need to be taken into consideration - tack fit, teeth, hoof balance, environment, disciplines undertaken etc. I would always recommend teeth and tack are checked before having Bowen therapy.  

Rider balance can also play a key part in the horse's wellbeing so I will often suggest the owner/ride has Bowen as well to address any imbalances they may have.
 
A rider who is constantly reaching for a stirrup because they feel one leg is longer, or keeps losing a bra strap when riding, is structurally imbalanced, and this will be felt by the horse. If viewed from behind or in front, this imbalance is often quite clear to see. If left untreated the rider can actually hamper a horses movement, maybe blocking the hindquarters or a shoulder. Some riders who are tight through the neck and shoulders will have heavy hands, or one hand heavier than the other. This can affect the horses ability to flex and move through the head neck and shoulders.  In time horses can start to fall in, some will be unable to perform certain moves on one rein, some will start to stop or run out at fences, fences can be knocked down etc.  
Prior to treatment, again a full background history will be taken to include details of lifestyle;  does the horse live in/out, diet, exercise, competition work, worming and vaccination history, behaviour, past accidents, injuries and illness.

Static and dynamic assessments will be made, and if relevant I may ask to see the tack used on the horse, and I may even ask to see the horse ridden to assess rider balance too.

Observations will be made on the horse too, noting areas of heat, cold, tension and tenderness etc.

The horse will be treated in its stable and generally the owner will be asked to hold the horse.  During the breaks we will leave the stable and allow the horse to 'rest.'  On larger competition yards it is possible to treat 2 horses at the same time utilising the breaks.

During the treatment it is common for horses to yawn, lick their lips, sigh, itch, scratch and some become fidgety, others become so sleepy they practically fall over!

As the blood flow increases it is sometimes possible to see the veins engorged with blood and areas of the horse can feel very warm.  Occasionally this will affect the appearance of the coat and striping or a mild sweat may occur.

                                                           HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?
 
As usual the number of treatments required will vary according to the horse and it's presenting condition, age etc but 2-3 treatments at weekly intervals will be recommended initially, further treatments may be required.

To get the best from our horses, I would recommend  regular 'top ups' throughout the year to help maintain peak performance and prevent injury.  See it as an MOT.  This can be tailored to suit the individual requirements of each horse.

                                                                                 COMPETITION HORSES

Horses who are competing regularly, whether they are eventing, racing, showjumping, driving or doing dressage or endurance need a higher level of care to maintain peak performance and prevent injury.  Horses having regular Bowen treatments are less likely to sustain injuries as the body is structurally balanced helping them cope with the physical strains of competition.  

Equine Bowen helps to prevent muscular tension and restriction which will enable the horse to extend, collect, lift and jump better.  The hindquarters are the powerhouse, tightness in the hindquarters and hamstrings will affect the horses ability to gallop and jump. 

Equine Bowen is as effective as any other treatment with the treatment of structural imbalances caused by falls, making it particularly useful for racehorses.  It will help to rebalance a pelvis, and will also address the balance of the atlas / axis joint.

Horse who become anxious or stressy at big competitions may become much more relaxed and able to cope with the atmosphere after a course of treatments.

Recovery rates may also be improved.

  • Sore / cold back
  • Join stiffness
  • Muscular tension
  • Unexplained lameness, shortening or restriction of stride
  • Resistance or lack of performance on one rein
  • Sudden change in performance or behaviour
  • Conditions of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive systems
  • Lymphangitis and leg puffiness
  • Laminitis
  • Colic
  • Post Surgery for recovery
  • Ligament and tendon injuries
  • Headshaking
  • Allergies
  • Cushings Disease
  • Stress relief, behavioural issues, rehabilitation of rescue/abused horses

 

And much more..........
 
 
                                   COST £40 PLUS TRAVEL @ 40P PER MILE (over 8 miles)
 
**Equine Bowen Therapy is not a substitute for professional Veterinary care or diagnosis.  Always consult your Veterinary Surgeon if you are concerned about your animal's health.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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