Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to do after the treatment?
You will need to sip lots of water. Small and frequent sips are best and you should aim to be sipping at least 2 litres of water a day. You also need to move around as this will help the lymphatic drain that the Bowen treatment will have started. This really means that you should not sit in front of the television all night and should aim to get up and walk for at least 5 mins at least once every hour.
How long does a treatment take?
Each appointment would normally take 50 – 60 minutes in total. I will however, give you what your body needs – so sometimes the treatment will take a little longer. Sometimes you will receive less hands on and longer breaks, because I have to judge how much your body can take. If I feel you have had enough treatment, I will tell you. In all cases, ‘less is more’.
Why have you booked me in twice?
The very first treatment you receive will address the whole body, and can act as a ‘factory re-set’. Every body will react to the treatment differently and as a therapist we need to understand exactly how your body will react. Once we have let the body interpret the treatment, we are then able to perform more specific moves with greater confidence and improve the effect of the treatment. Bowen is ultimately most effective if at least three treatments are undertaken within 4 weeks. It is therefore not a ‘one shot’ treatment.
Cancellation and Lateness Policy
If you do not turn up for your appointment, you will be charged the full rate for a treatment. If you are unable to give me 24 hours notice, you will be asked to pay 50% of the treatment charge. This is purely because someone else could have taken your allotted time and I could have organised something else with your allotted slot, and I ask you to respect this.
Similarly, if you are late, your treatment will still finish on time. There will be other clients following you and they will be expecting their treatment to start on time.
Please be prepared with loose clothing. There is no pressure for you to remove clothing as Bowen can be performed through loose clothing. However, please avoid jeans as it can be difficult to treat through tight clothing.
Do I have to have an injury or illness to have Bowen?
Definitely not! Bowen is very good at maintaining physical condition, being used by many top athletes as a preventative / maintenance measure rather than a cure. Some atheletes report improved performance too so you definitely do not have to have an injury to benefit from Bowen.
I’m also having physio – is that OK?
We do ask that there is no other type of bodywork going on whilst on a course of Bowen. The body will need to concentrate on the work done during a treatment and other body work such as physiotherapy and osteopathy can provide mixed messages and dilute the effect of the Bowen treatment.
How accessible is your human treatment room?
My treatment room is on the ground floor and readily accessible for wheel chair users.
Do you travel?
Yes. There is a small mileage charge and to make things more cost effective I try and group visits by area. However, I am flexible so the best thing to do is to contact me to discuss.
Is it OK if someone brings me to your home?
I am happy for anyone who brings you to wait in my house whilst the treatment is going on. However, I have limited waiting room facilities and you will be in my home so I ask that at all times, this is respected.
What do I wear for a treatment?
There is no pressure to remove clothing during a Bowen treatment. However, the clothing you wear should be light and loose fitting – Tee shirt and shorts or leggings is ideal. No jeans please!
I own cats and horses but the treatment room is regularly cleaned. Please let me know if you are allergic to them – it might be easier if I came to you instead as I cannot guarantee that you will not be subjected to either cat or horse hair no matter how clean the house is.
If I’m coming to you, where can I park?
There is plenty of parking space in front of my house. I ask that you do not park on the grass.