Easing Text Neck with Bowen Therapy: A Gentle Solution

In our fast-paced digital era, a new health concern is gaining prominence, one that’s emblematic of our times: text neck. This condition, stemming from the prolonged use of smartphones and other devices, highlights the unintended consequences of technology’s ubiquity in our lives. As we delve into this modern malaise, it’s essential to explore holistic remedies that address not only the symptoms but also the root causes. One such solution is Bowen Therapy, a gentle yet powerful approach to healing that is gaining traction in wellness circles, particularly in locales like Brisbane where wellness is increasingly prioritised.

The Rise of Text Neck in the Digital Age

Text neck manifests from the all-too-common posture of bending forward to interact with our devices. This unnatural angle places undue stress on the neck and spine, leading to a spectrum of ailments. Chronic headaches, cervical stiffness, and pain across various body parts are just the tip of the iceberg. More severe consequences can include nerve damage, spinal degeneration, and even respiratory issues, painting a dire picture of text neck’s potential impact.

The Benefits of Bowen Therapy for Digital Age Ailments

Bowen Therapy transcends conventional treatments by focusing on the body’s inherent capacity for healing. By targeting specific points with gentle movements, Bowen Therapy facilitates muscle relaxation, posture realignment, and systemic rebalance. For individuals grappling with text neck, Bowen Therapy offers a multitude of benefits. It’s not merely about symptom relief; this therapy aims to realign posture, thereby addressing one of the fundamental causes of text neck. Through a series of sessions, individuals can experience relief from neck and back pain, an improvement in posture, and a notable enhancement in overall well-being.

Bowen Therapy: A Key Player in Modern Wellness Practices

In the context of modern wellness practices, Bowen Therapy stands out for its non-invasive nature and holistic benefits. At Bowen Life, Brisbane, we understand the challenges posed by text neck and the digital lifestyle’s demands. Our approach is grounded in personalised care, utilising Bowen Therapy to offer relief and promote long-term health. We are committed to guiding our clients towards a balanced state of well-being, empowering them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives in this digital age.

As we navigate the complexities of life in the digital era, it’s crucial to adopt holistic healing practices that address both the symptoms and the underlying causes of conditions like text neck. Bowen Therapy, with its focus on whole-body health, offers a promising pathway to recovery and resilience. By incorporating this gentle yet effective therapy into our wellness routines, we can counteract the adverse effects of our digital habits and foster a healthier, more balanced life.

For residents of Brisbane seeking relief from the burdens of text neck, a special offer awaits. In celebration of Natural Medicine Week, mention this blog when booking your first session at Bowen Life and receive a 10% discount. It’s our way of supporting your journey toward optimal health and posture. Discover more about our services and how we can assist you at www.bowen-life.com.au or connect with us through our Facebook page. Let’s take the first step together towards a more comfortable, balanced life free from the discomfort of text neck.

Bowen Therapy: A Breath of Fresh Air in Asthma Management

In the quest for holistic and effective asthma management strategies, Bowen Therapy emerges as a beacon of hope. This gentle, non-invasive modality, rooted in the serene landscapes of Geelong, Victoria, by Tom Bowen, is not just a therapy but a journey towards balanced health. As we celebrate Natural Medicine Week 2024, it’s time to delve into how this Australian-born technique is helping individuals breathe easier and embrace a life less constrained by asthma.

The Essence of Bowen Therapy

At its core, Bowen Therapy is a testament to the power of gentle touch. Through precise, soft movements over muscles, tendons, and connective tissues, it whispers to the body’s innate healing mechanisms, encouraging a harmonious state of relaxation and recovery. Unlike conventional treatments that often wage war against symptoms, Bowen Therapy extends an olive branch, fostering an environment where the body can recalibrate and address the underlying imbalances contributing to asthma.

Unravelling the Healing Mechanisms

The dance of Bowen movements is more than skin-deep; it’s a dialogue with the body’s autonomic nervous system. For asthma sufferers, this conversation is pivotal. The therapy’s subtle inputs aim to dial down the body’s stress response—a notorious trigger for asthma flare-ups. By promoting a state of calm, Bowen Therapy may ease the tight embrace around airways, offering a sigh of relief to those caught in the clutches of asthma.

Moreover, the technique’s potential to enhance lymphatic drainage and reduce inflammation could be a game-changer in managing the chronic inflammatory nature of asthma. While the scientific exploration of these mechanisms is still blossoming, the anecdotal petals of patient experiences paint a hopeful picture.

 Voices of Relief: Testimonials and Case Studies

The true essence of Bowen Therapy’s impact on asthma comes to life through the stories of those it has touched. Consider “Alex,” who lived in the shadows of asthma’s unpredictability, with inhalers and medications as constant companions. After integrating Bowen Therapy into his management plan, Alex found a new rhythm to his breathing and a decrease in the frequency of his attacks, reclaiming activities once lost to asthma’s grasp.

Such testimonials, echoed by many, highlight the potential of Bowen Therapy not just as a treatment but as a pathway to improved quality of life and well-being for asthma sufferers.

Beyond Conventional: The Comparative Edge

In a world quick to reach for a pill or inhaler, Bowen Therapy stands out for its non-pharmacological approach. The absence of invasive techniques or side effects makes it a harmonious addition to existing asthma management strategies. It’s not about replacing medical treatments but about complementing them, offering a holistic layer of support that addresses the body’s overall balance and health.

A Community of Healers

Behind every Bowen movement is a practitioner dedicated to the art and science of healing. The rigorous training and certification process ensures that each therapist brings not only skill but also compassion and understanding to each session. Their endorsement of Bowen Therapy as part of a comprehensive approach to asthma management speaks volumes of its potential to weave into the fabric of holistic health practices.

Breathing Together: A Call to Explore

As we stand on the cusp of Natural Medicine Week 2024, let’s embrace the opportunity to explore the gentle, restorative potential of Bowen Therapy. Whether you’re navigating the challenges of asthma or seeking a path to overall well-being, this modality offers a unique, non-invasive avenue to health and balance.

To those curious souls and seekers of holistic health, I invite you to experience the Bowen difference. Reach out to accredited practitioners – and if you are in Brisbane, I would love to hear from you. Discover how this gentle therapy can help you, or your loved ones, find a new lease on life, breathing easier and living fuller.

As we continue to advocate for the integration of complementary therapies like Bowen into mainstream asthma management, let’s keep the dialogue open, the research ongoing, and the stories of healing flowing. Together, we can foster a more inclusive, holistic approach to health, one gentle touch at a time.

To find out more about Bowen Therapy and other conditions it can help with check out my website here.

Embracing Change with Grace and Wellness

Menopause marks a significant transition in a woman’s life, characterised by profound physical, emotional, and psychological changes. Traditionally approached with a mix of resignation and medical interventions, the conversation around menopause is evolving. Today, more women seek holistic, non-invasive ways to navigate this natural life stage, emphasising well-being and balance. Among these, Bowen Therapy emerges as a gentle yet effective approach, offering relief and support through the intricacies of menopause. This blog explores Bowen Therapy’s role in transforming menopause from a phase to endure into an experience to navigate with empowerment.

Understanding Menopause: The Symphony of Change

Menopause isn’t merely about the cessation of menstrual cycles; it’s a complex interplay of hormonal adjustments that reverberate throughout a woman’s body and mind. Perimenopause ushers in this transition, often bringing hot flashes, mood fluctuations, and sleep disturbances. Menopause itself is a milestone, marking the end of reproductive years. Post-menopause follows, where symptoms may persist or new ones emerge. Yet, each woman’s journey is as unique as her fingerprint, influenced by genetics, lifestyle, and overall health. Recognising this diversity is the first step toward personalised care and support.

The Holistic Harmony of Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy, with its roots in the belief in the body’s intrinsic healing abilities, offers a beacon of hope for menopausal women. This non-invasive technique involves gentle movements over muscles, tendons, and nerves, designed to stimulate the body’s autonomic nervous system and restore balance. Unlike conventional treatments that often focus on symptom suppression, Bowen Therapy seeks to address the underlying imbalances contributing to menopausal discomforts. It’s a testament to the power of gentle intervention harmonising the body’s rhythms.

Bowen Therapy in Action: Alleviating Menopausal Symptoms

For women wading through the hot flashes, the unexpected waves of emotions, and the nights of elusive sleep, Bowen Therapy provides a soothing balm. Each session is tailored to the individual’s experiences and symptoms, creating a personalised pathway to relief. Here’s how Bowen Therapy can address some of the hallmark symptoms of menopause:

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats

By promoting relaxation and reducing stress, Bowen movements can mitigate the severity and frequency of hot flashes and night sweats, offering a cooler, more comfortable existence.

Mood Swings and Emotional Well-being

The calming effect of Bowen Therapy extends beyond the physical, helping to stabilise mood swings and cultivate emotional resilience during this turbulent phase.

Sleep Disturbances

Through its relaxation-inducing techniques, Bowen Therapy can enhance sleep quality, making restful nights more accessible and restoring vitality.

The Individualised Approach of Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy’s beauty lies in its adaptability. Recognising that no two women experience menopause alike, practitioners craft bespoke treatment plans. The initial consultation delves into the individual’s menopausal landscape, mapping out symptoms, lifestyle factors, and personal health history. This holistic overview informs a tailored treatment strategy, ensuring that each session resonates with the woman’s specific needs, fostering a journey of healing and discovery.

Specialised Hormonal Care with Bowen Therapy

While Bowen Therapy in its traditional form offers a holistic approach to managing menopause symptoms, it’s important to note that some practitioners, myself included, have undergone additional training to specialise in hormonal care through Bowen Therapy. This specialised practice, known as Hormone Release with Bowen Therapy, delves deeper into the hormonal aspects of women’s health, offering targeted relief for menopausal symptoms. At my practice, Bowen Life in Brisbane, I blend this advanced expertise with a compassionate, personalised approach to support women through their menopausal journey. If you’re curious about how this specialised Bowen Therapy can aid your transition or if you’re seeking a skilled practitioner who understands the nuanced needs of menopausal care, I invite you to visit my website at www.bowen-life.com.au or connect with me through my Facebook page. Schedule a session during National Medicine Week to embark on a path to holistic well-being and mention this blog to receive a 10% discount on your first appointment. Let’s navigate the waves of menopause together, embracing this natural phase of life with grace, understanding, and effective, gentle support.

Bowen Therapy Holistically treats a Woman’s Hormonal Journey

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Listening to women speak of the pain and suffering they endure each month, or continually throughout their lives, sometimes with such intense pain for decades, is heartbreaking.

Misunderstood, misdiagnosed, ignored, and often mistreated, these women demonstrate enormous courage and stamina in a world that dilutes or simply fails to ask the right questions or listen to the answers surrounding the significance of women’s reproductive and gynecological issues.

It continues to amaze me that in these “modern” times conversations about hormones, periods, bleeding, vaginal dryness, endometriosis, hot flushes, brain fog, cramping, and even masturbation are all still taboo in many social circles.

So women remain embarrassed or shamed in the workplace, they are prescribed anti-depressants for their hormonal anxiety or muddled mind, put on the contraceptive pill to reduce painful periods or skin complaints as fixes to the complex biology of a woman’s hormonal body.

**Please note that I do acknowledge that there are cases when medical intervention is vital and the only solution. That medical professional guidance and acknowledgement of all decisions regarding your health and wellness journey should and/or must sought out prior to any treatment. With the human body there is never a one size fits all approach.

As a woman of a certain age, I can happily say that I have transitioned through all the stages women are so “fortunate” to journey through. But that is not to say my hormones no longer cause me any of those annoying symptoms every now and then.

But while I can say that I understand and empathise with all women of all ages, I can’t say I have experienced the severe and physical life altering pain some women suffer, nor how much mental and emotional anguish they endure when yearning a child.

But what I can do is listen and offer my knowledge and experience as a Bowen therapist and a Hormone Release – the Bowen Way® therapist to help women – whether they are just starting out on this crazy hormonal roller coaster ride, looking to start a family or are about to enter their last hurrah – and journey into perimenopause and menopause itself.

When hoping to start a family, it would seem common sense to strive for a body and mind that is in balance and calm. But life can throw common sense out the window with women working full time stressful jobs or working part time and running a home and life with a toddler or two at home already; some are dealing with other life stressors so just finding the time to relax and unwind seems impossible. As fertility issues appear to be focused on the brain-pituitary-ovarian axis, stress, negative emotions, and unbalanced FSH can disrupt the hormonal communication between the brain, pituitary, and ovaries. So being stressed or overwhelmed only decreases the ovarian blood flow and egg production and so the pregnancy test says negative.

This is where Bowen therapy excels. Bowen therapy resets the nervous system which in turn balances out hormones, decreases stress levels and increases blood flow throughout the body. Likewise, Bowen therapy is ideal throughout the pregnancy cycle to keep everything in check as the baby develops.

Perimenopause is a whole new ball game and can come right out of nowhere – right when you are least expecting it. It can start as early as your early 40’s when life is just getting busy with kids in the home either busy curious little ones, or moody, pubescent teenagers.  It’s hard to juggle all the hormones in the house! Peri-menopause symptoms include:.

  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes and sleep problems.
  • Mood changes.
  • Vaginal and bladder problems.
  • Decreasing fertility.
  • Changes in sexual function.
  • Loss of bone.
  • Changing cholesterol levels.

Menopause is not diagnosed until you’ve gone 12 months without any period at all. Once you’ve passed through menopause, you’re in postmenopause. On average, most menopause symptoms last around 4 years from your last period. However, around 1 in every 10 women experience them for up to 12 years.

Bowen therapy has been used to help with a wide range of Women’s Health issues ranging from fertility to menopause, period pain, and endometriosis. However, the Hormone Release – the Bowen Way® work has honed specifically in this area with amazing results – in a natural, gentle and non-intrusive way.

Bowen therapy and the Hormone Release work for menopause treats the body as a whole and has been shown to help with various symptoms including hot flushes, tiredness, anxiety, sleeplessness and many other hormonal issues. Everyone is different and the number of sessions required will often vary. However, when working towards endometriosis or fertility goals there is a protocol following a woman’s cycle that should be adhered to over a set time.

Working with women in a safe space is wonderfully satisfying. Women, when they trust, will share and confide and be open towards new or alternate solutions.  And it is my privilege every day to be able to be there on their journey towards health and wellness in body, mind and spirit.

This was a wonderful email I received from a very happy client which absolutely made my day.

“I have been suffering from intense pain for almost a year due to autoimmune, hormone imbalances and IBD issues.

From the first treatment I noticed significant improvements.

Each treatment brings about more healing and huge impacts to my pain reduction and hormone balance.

I am amazed and in awe of Caroline’s skills and highly recommend her Bowen Therapy treatments to anyone suffering from any issue. Her caring and holistic manner is very comforting, she explains her treatments well and often messages me to check in on how my healing is progressing. Her treatment rooms are very relaxing with calming décor and music. I will be incorporating her treatments as a permanent part of my ongoing health management.”  

The Differences Between Bowen Therapy & Massage

As a Bowen Therapy Practitioner, few people know about or understand what Bowen Therapy is. Although, it is starting to become more known, there needs to be  a lot more education and awareness (both to other health practitioners and the public) before it becomes well known like remedial massage, acupuncture, and other health care modalities.

When I’m asked what I do for work, if I answer with ”I am a remedial massage therapist” the conversation keeps flowing. However, if I say “I’m a Bowen Therapist,” I will 90% of the time get a response, “what is that?”

Whilst Bowen Therapy and Massage have similarities such as promoting relaxation, reducing stress, muscular tension/ stiffness / pain, reducing headaches, improving mobility and circulation they also have some key differences.


Bowen Therapy

  • Bowen Therapy (Bowtech Bowen) sessions comprise of a series of gentle movements over soft tissue – muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia. Between each set of move, the practitioner pauses for a couple of minutes for the client’s body to respond (this is when a client may feel sensations e.g. warmth, coolness, tingling however, it is very individual). Once the body has responded, the next moves are done.
  • Bowen Therapy addresses the entire body, rather than focusing on a single complaint.
  • It is very gentle, subtle and calming, making it a great treatment for all ages including babies and elderly. It requires minimal pressure and minimal intervention with no vigorous manipulation.
  • Bowen Therapy assists with emotional issues such as anxiety, hormonal issues such as menopause and digestive issues such as constipation, plus more.
  • No oil is used in a Bowen Therapy session, and light clothing may be worn.
  • Treatment lasts between 45-60 mins
  • There are very few contraindications with Bowen Therapy



  • Massage is a very hands on treatment.
  • There are different styles of massage
  • Depending on a clients presentation, the massage will focus on a single complaint or address the entire body with a full body massage.
  • The pressure is suited to the client
  • Oils are used in treatment.
  • A client can choose the length of treatment.


Both Bowen Therapy and Massage are fantastic treatments and can play a vital role in your physical and mental wellbeing.

Natural medicine for your health and wellbeing – explained!

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The Australian Traditional-Medicine Society (ATMS) – leader of the natural medicine industry recognises three primary types of complementary medicine: Ingestive, Bodywork & Massage and Chinese Medicine.

But first, WHY choose Natural Medicine?

Natural medicine offers a holistic and integrated approach to your health and wellbeing – it promotes the prevention of disease, rather than trying to treat it after it strikes. Natural medicine offers natural supplements and therapy’s that can assist the body in maintaining a state of health and wellness to promote wellbeing. Understanding modalities, such as Ingestive, Bodywork & Massage and Chinese Medicine, can help people work with their body’s to create an effective approach to their health.

WHAT is Natural Medicine?

Natural medicine refers to healthcare practices and therapies whereby trained natural medicine practitioners treat their patients for illnesses via natural methods and materials.

Clinical practice can be classified by three primary models: Ingestive therapies (including naturopathy and nutrition), Bodywork & Massage and Chinese Medicine, which includes associated techniques like acupuncture.

Ingestive covers any form of medicine consumed by the human body and includes the use of herbs and other plants – including oils and common spices. Many of the therapies have been around for hundreds of years and are often used to balance mind, body and spirit. Depending on the therapy, ingestive medicines may take various forms, including teas, tablets, essential oils, ointments, extracts, sprays and drops.

Ingestive therapies include:

  • Ayurveda
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Naturopathy
  • Nutrition
  • Tibetan Medicine

Bodywork & Massage encompasses therapeutic techniques involving the body and aims to assess and improve areas of the human physics such as posture, skeletal and connective tissue (fascial) and muscle pain. All massage techniques are considered forms of bodywork and, covering a range of techniques.

Bodywork can take many forms including:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Bowen Therapy
  • Chiropractic
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis
  • Counselling
  • Kinesiology
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Myofascial Release
  • Polarity Therapy
  • Osteopathy
  • Reflexology
  • Remedial Massage
  • Shiatsu
  • Traditional Thai Massage

Chinese Medicine is used to identify, treat, and prevent illness, with the underlying viewing of the human body and the mind as an interconnected energetic system. Chinese Medicine has the longest history of any medical system in the world, originating in ancient China and evolving over thousands of years to become a complete medical system.

Chinese Medicine include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Chinese Massage Therapy

Want to learn more?

Join ATMS for Natural Medicine Week – a week-long celebration including hundreds of events and special offers, hosted by passionate natural medicine practitioners nation-wide. Find out more about the many different types of natural medicine which could improve your health and wellbeing at www.naturalmedicineweek.com.au.