How Would Your Bowenwork® Treatment Feel? 


 After a short interview, the client will be invited to lie down on a massage table although the session can be done sitting on a chair if the client for whatever reason cannot lie down on a prone or supine position. There is no need to undress, the moves can be done through thin and loose clothing although skin contact is often preferable.

A typical session starts with the administration of 3 basic sequences of moves to rebalance the lower back/sacrum, upper back and neck region. Through referrals Tom Bowen claimed that this  basic recipe addresses the whole body and most conditions presented.

To this general basic rebalancing, the practitioner can choose to add a few more specific procedures to address a particular problem. All the mobilizations are gentle and non invasive. Often moves will be synchronized with the client's breath. The initial reaction of clients used to other modalities using deep probing, rubbing, stretching or manipulating may be to wonder if anything has been done or if the session will have any effect on them but very often they will quickly experience a deep sense of general relaxation. The entire process is so soothing that it is not uncommon for clients to fall asleep during the session.


They often report feelings of energy release and relief following a move. There are frequent pauses during the session, these are important to give time for the body to respond to the moves. During these pauses it is common that the practitioner leaves the room to let the client rest quietly. During the session small talk is not encouraged as everything done by the practitioner and the general ambiance of the treatment room (soft music, comfortable room temperature...) should invite relaxation. A typical session will usually last from 20 to 60 minutes. Some sessions can be very short, 5 minutes or less, when using some advanced procedures or if doing a "quick fix" to address something very specific.

The client will be helped off the table and invited to walk for a few minutes at the end of the treatment to help alleviate possible residual pain experienced standing up from the table. Substantial if not total relief may be experienced by the end of the session or in the following hours or days as the body continues to rebalance itself. However, it is not uncommon for a client to need a few treatments to reduce or eliminate the problem.

To support this process and help integrate new movement patterns, clients will be asked to follow specific recommendations, drink more water than usual and walk regularly.

The day of the treatment it is important not to sit more than 30 minutes at a time, avoid strenuous exercise and hot baths or showers, heating pads or ice as it could somewhat antidote the effect of the session.

U Kneada Massage   •  58 Commack Rd,  Commack,  NY 11725  •   (631) 543-2444