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About Smart Bowen Therapy


How Smart Bowen Can Help You

Through precise, gentle moves applied with the hands through clothing, Smart Bowen therapy moves the body towards its optimum health potential.

Because Bowen is so gentle and non-invasive it is suitable for everyone from the newborn to the elderly, including those with disabilities or long term health conditions.

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About the Treatment

Each treatment lasts between 45 and 60 minutes with the first treatment taking slightly longer to allow a full case history to be taken.  The therapy is applied seated, standing or lying as you prefer. 

One or two follow-up sessions are recommended  5-7 days after the first session, with long standing conditions benefiting from regular treatments.

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Why Choose Us

Magic Hands Smart Bowen Therapy is available to suit you.  We will schedule your treatment within a maximum of 48 hours of your calling us.

Come to our clinics in Hanley Court on Tuesdays or Lydney on Thursday afternoons/evenings; or, if you can't make it to the clinic, contact us to arrange a home visit.

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More about Smart Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen Therapy?

Smart Bowen Therapy is a hands-on physical therapy developed in Australia during the mid 20th century by Thomas Ambrose Bowen.  It has since been developed and become accessible worldwide.

Using their thumbs and fingers and working through clothing, the therapist appiles accurately placed moves over specific areas of the body in a series of rolling movements that work across muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. Without force or manipulation these moves 'ask' the body to recognise and make the necessary changes to initiate natural healing processes.   

Between each series of moves the client is left to rest for a few minutes, to allow the body to absorb the information it has received and make the changes it needs.

Many people find Bowen Therapy brings relief when other interventions, both traditional and complimentary, have failed.   Relief can be instantaneous and only one or two treatments can be sufficient to bring about a permanent recovery.  Other conditions may take longer or need a regular maintenance programme to keep the client pain free.

Bowen can help even where you are not aware of any pain or restriction in movement.   Sportspeople report that their performance is enhanced and they are more resistant to injury when they have regular Bowen treatments.

The positive effects of Bowen Therapy are complemented by Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation or PNF Stretching, which helps to 'set' the work.

How does it work?

That's a good question!   Research is ongoing into exactly how Bowen Therapy affects the body to bring about the changes it achieves.   Janet Travell first defined the concept of 'trigger points' in 1942, identifying that stimulation of or injury to muscles referred pain to sometimes distant regions of the body as a reflex, not due to direct nerve stimulation. Further research into synergies between trigger points and acupuncture points from traditional Chinese medicine identified that over 70% of these points were the same.  It is believed therefore that Bowen Therapy relieves pain in much the same way as acupuncture, but without the needles. 

Restrictions in range of movement, whether with or without pain, arise from stiffening of the connective tissue fascia which forms a single coherent sheet throughout the body, from the head to the toes, enveloping every internal structure.  This tissue hardens and dries with both age and lack of movement, causing stiffness and in some cases pain. As fascia is thixotrophic, the rolling and stretching motion of Bowen Therapy counteracts this stiffening and restores mobility, reduces pain and can even minimise the signs of ageing!  

Why should I have Bowen Therapy?

If being free from pain, more mobile, able to run, cycle or swim faster, more resistant to injury and looking younger than your real age are not sufficient reasons to try Bowen Therapy, then you may want to book a session simply for a bit of 'me time'.  The gentle nature of Bowen Therapy, coupled with its relaxing effects, make it such a pleasant treatment to receive that some people actually fall asleep during the session.   Most clients report sleeping really well the night after a session too.  Why not book a treatment now and see for yourself what it can achieve?

What clients say

  • I can't believe you fixed my shoulder pain in only one session!
  • It's so relaxing, I didn't want to get off the couch.
  • Bowen is amazing.  Got me off the waiting list to have my bowel removed.
  • I'd have a treatment every day if I could.
  • Fantastic, no matter the issue I'm always put right.

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What can Bowen Therapy do for you?

Many clients find that Bowen therapy helps them with the symptoms of:

  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headaches
  • Fibroids
  • Asthma, hayfever and breathing difficulties
  • Bladder and incontinence problems
  • Hormonal issues
  • Tennis and golfer's elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Sporting injuries
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Infantile colic
  • Fibromyalgia

            and many, many more.

Please note that there are a very few long term health conditions for which Bowen is contra-indicated.   If you have a health condition please advise us when you make your appointment.



Menu / Price List

All appointments must be paid for on the day. we apologise but we are unable to take credit card payments. However you may pay by BACS transfer; please ask for account details when you book.

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Please contact us directly with any questions or comments you may have, or to book an appointment.

Magic Hands Smart Bowen Therapy

Lydney, Gloucestershire

07974 203480

Clinic Hours

Open today

09:00 – 20:00

We have clinics in three locations:  

Hanley Court Business Centre, Tidenham, NP16 7NA 

Claremont House, High Street Lydney GL15 5DX

Perfect Image, 6 Bridge Street, Usk NP15 1BG

For clients who cannot get to a clinic we also offer a mobile service.  

Tuesdays (Hanley Court) 9am - 8pm

Wednesdays  (Perfect Image) 2-6pm

Thursdays (Claremont House) - 3pm - 8pm

Fridays (Perfect Image) - 10am - 8pm

Saturdays & Sundays (Mobile) - 2.30pm - 5pm

Appointments are available outside these times by request, subject to availability.   Contact us for more details.

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