Equestrian Bowen

The Bowen Technique is a holistic, subtle, hands-on complementary therapy based on the theory that gentle moves over precise points of the body can encourage the body’s innate ability to reset, repair and balance itself providing a simple and effective way to deal with pain, both physical and emotional.

A horse and rider should work in partnership, with balance and harmony.  I believe that the best way to achieve this is to take a holistic view of both, as one unit.  Whether your horse is a faithful friend for relaxed occasional riding or a finely tuned athlete, all horses and riders affect one another when out of balance and will benefit from Bowen.

Does your horse need help with:

  • Back pain or tension
  • Refusing to jump
  • Gait abnormality or uneven show wear
  • Stress or behaviour problems
  • Muscle atrophy or asymmetry
  • Shoulder restriction or stiffness

Following Bowen treatment riders often notice their horse has:

  • Increased stride length
  • Better action and cadence
  • More power from behind
  • Greater lift over jumps
  • Improved suppleness and balance
  • Is more confident and relaxed

Equine Bowen Therapy aims to gently release tension and realign muscles and soft tissues promoting structural balance and well being throughout the horse.


Riders, do you need help with:

  • Backache, sciatica or tilted pelvis
  • Pain management or restricted movement
  • Recovery from a riding accident or injury
  • asthma, allergies, migraine or stress
  • to name but a few…

Following Bowen treatment riders often notice:

  • Better balance and posture in the saddle
  • Improved aids and connection with the horse
  • Reduced pain and increased energy

You and your horse are a partnership.

See the difference, feel the difference!  

Book Bowen for you both.


Animals usually enjoy and respond well to Bowen because of the gentle and relaxing nature of the treatment.  Owners have found Bowen beneficial for pain and management and improving recovery time after injury, for stress and anxiety management, for maintaining soundness and even enhancing performance.

I am experienced in handing most domestic mammals and have studied the anatomy of common domestic, and some wild, mammals.  I am insured to treat most companion animals and livestock including: horses, dogs, cats, sheep, goats, cows, alpaca etc.

When treating animals I find they are usually most relaxed in a familiar environment so I will travel to you.  Treatments usually take 30-60 minutes depending on the animal and I tailor each treatment around the animals needs and monitor reactions throughout.

To comply with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, veterinary permission is always sough prior to the treatment of animals.  This is usually a straightforward phone call to your vet but if your animal is undergoing any continuing treatment from the vet it is essential that we work together, in the best interests of the animal.

PLEASE NOTE: The Bowen Technique is a complementary, holistic therapy not intended as a substitute for medical or veterinary diagnosis, advice or treatment.  If you are concerned about anything please consult your doctor or veterinary surgeon. 


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Frequently Asked Questions…

What happens during a Bowen treatment?  Bowen treatments can be performed directly onto the skin or through light clothing for people, if you prefer.  There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used.  During the treatment the practitioner will leave the room for a few minutes at a time, in between sets of moves, and this is to allow the body time to absorb and respond to the messages sent to it via the Bowen moves, and begin repairing or realigning itself where necessary.

Initially most people/animals will need a course of three to four treatments, with each session lasting approximately one hour and spaced about a week apart.  Some issues resolve after only one session but others may need further or even regular treatments to maintain the improvement.  Many clients choose to see their practitioner regularly as this helps the body to function at its best, can be a way of managing stress and can help prevent new problems from developing.

How does Bowen work?  The Bowen therapist uses thumbs and fingers on anatomically precise points of the body to perform Bowen’s unique sets of rolling-type moves aiming to trigger particular receptors in the muscle and soft tissue structures which hold us in correct alignment. When our body is compromised by physical injury, poor posture, emotional holding or constant stress, pain and other symptoms often follow.  By connecting the brain directly to the area of a problem and allowing an assessment of the tension in a specific muscle and surrounding tissue, the body has an opportunity to repair and once the form is balanced function will swiftly follow.

Bowen does not attempt to force the body to change; rather it asks the body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring itself back into the best state it can be in.

What conditions can Bowen treat?  Well, in short, almost everything can respond well to Bowen treatment.  Bowen is considered suitable for people of all ages, from a baby with colic to an adult with a sports injury or backache or an elderly person with arthritis, and there are no known contra-indications.  So if you are in pain, discomfort, or have restriction or an imbalance, then Bowen could be the solution you are looking for.  Bowen is also extremely effective on more complex or organic problems, such as asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and stress.

The Bowen Technique is a truly holistic therapy in that it considers the whole person. Your body is not made up of a series of isolated units and an anatomy book showing a muscle starting at one point and finishing at another is a little simplistic.  In reality you are made up of a succession of interlinking parts and systems linked by fascia, a connective tissue that surrounds every muscle, tendon, ligament and organ and blends each one together.  So really, you cannot affect one part of the body without affecting something else.  Instead of treating one area specifically Bowen treats the body as a whole because the body works as a one integrated unit, and by working in this way Bowen treats the cause of the problem not just the symptom itself.

Below is a list of some common symptoms which may respond to Bowen:

  • Back pain, sciatica, hip pain and pelvic imbalance
  • Neck & shoulder pain, whiplash, frozen shoulder
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Tennis & golfers elbow, RSI, carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Sporting injuries, groin strain, hamstring & knee problems, twisted ankles, plantar fasciitis
  • Hay fever, Asthma, allergies, TMJ syndrome, sinusitis
  • Stress related conditions, chronic fatigue, MS, ME, depression
  • PMS, fertility problems, IBS, digestive disorders, bed wetting, infant colic

Bowen practitioners work holistically with their clients and expect to work alongside allopathic health professionals to support optimum health for their clients.  Practitioners do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe or alter medication.

Where did Bowen come from?  The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950s by Australian Tom Bowen. Although not formally trained he started by treating the injuries, aches and pains of local sportsmen, friends, family and colleagues, and had a particular interest in bad backs.  In the 1960s he opened his own clinic and developed the therapy, with special clinics for children and sportsmen and also extended his treatments to dogs and horses.  During the 1970s, the Webb Report (Australian Government Report into Complementary Therapies) found that Tom Bowen was treating 13,000 people a year, with an 88% success rate. Training courses in Mr Bowen’s technique were first offered in the late 1980s in Australia and came to the UK in 1993.

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