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The Bowen Technique - Relieve and Rebalance | Shelley Watts

What is the Bowen TIt’s not often, when you receive a treatment at KX, that you think ‘is that it?’ but Corinne, KX Bowen Technique specialist assures me that this is a perfectly normal reaction. The Bowen Technique is a gentle remedial therapy, applying light pressure on precise points of the body, there is no manipulation of hard tissue; the experience is relaxing and subtle. It focuses on the Fascia, the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles which can often become twisted and cause pain. The gentle movements are designed to shift the balance between the body and the brain, by releasing stress at a deep level, via its calming effect on the nervous system, the Bowen Technique encourages the body to repair and restore itself. echnique?

Corinne starts the treatment by walking me through the background of the technique; most patients who turn to Bowen have musculo-skeletal problems such as backache, or sports injuries. After detailing my health history, the treatment begins; the room is tranquil and dark, perfect for relaxing. The Bowen Technique can be carried out on the skin or through loose clothing; Corinne covers me with towels and begins with the lower back, a key stress area for me.

Corinne uses a rolling movement to manipulate the tissue, the pressure is very light. After a few minutes, she leaves the room ‘to give the body time to respond’. The ‘breaks’, following each short set of movements, are fundamental to the treatment, Corinne then adapts the treatment depending on the responses she feels from the body.

When the treatment comes to an end, I feel incredibly relaxed, Corinne provides me with water and a list of instructions to maximise the benefits of the treatment.

The Bowen Technique is a gradual healing process, ‘often, people feel relief in one area but slight discomfort in another as the body re-aligns and adjusts itself’ Corinne informs me. In addition to helping with muscle pains, it’s been shown to remedy asthma, hormone imbalances and headaches. It’s recommended that you have at least 3 – 4 treatments between 5 and 10 days apart to really start to feel the benefits of the process but for anyone struggling with aches and pains, The Bowen Technique may offer you some much needed relief.

Corinne is available Thursday and Friday mornings and alternative Sunday mornings and Monday evenings.

For more information on The Bowen Technique or to book your treatment, please contact the Spa on 0207 7581 7250 or email

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