The Benefits of Bowen

Bowen is a safe, gentle, non-invasive therapy.  It  is very effective in relieving pain  and discomfort, increasing range if motion, suppleness and flexibility, and alleviating behavioural issues.  It is very relaxing for most horses and is suitable for all ages, breeds and disciplines.

Bowen is able to help with the following common complaints:

  • Girthiness and cold backed horses

  • Pigrooting

  • Grabbing or leaning on the bit

  • Contact issues

  • Headshy horses

  • Issues with maintaining straightness

  • Difficulty with changing leads

  • Dull coat and frequent runny nose

  • Tense, nervous, anxious or excitable horses

  • Irritable, sour and cranky horses

  • Horses that seem 'off' or not quite right.

Bowen is also very effective in supporting your horse through:

  • Injury and rehabilitation

  • Recovering from illness

  • Transitioning from shod to barefoot

If your horse is under veterinary care for a condition or aliment, please consult your vet before undertaking any type of bodywork.


The bodys' natural healing system

What Is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen therapy is a dynamic soft tissue therapy that involves subtle and skillful maneuvering of the connective tissue (Fascia) over specific point locations across the horses body. 

It is a hands on therapy that involves gentle stretching and releasing of the Fascia, using the fingers and thumbs strategically and sequentially placed over muscles, tendons and ligaments.  

It is very effective in relieving pain and discomfort, increasing range of motion, suppleness and flexibility, releasing tension and alleviating behavioural issues.  

The precise location of the Bowen moves correlates with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) meridian systems, acupressure points and myofascial trigger points. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, resulting in effective release of toxins and improving the immune system.  

Bowen is a safe therapy promoting the bodys' own natural healing system. It is suitable for all horses - ages, breeds, disciplines, retired or performanceacute or chronic conditions.

Bowen Therapy was named after its creator, Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) who developed the modality in the 1950s in Australia.


The connective web

A Bit About Fascia

Fascia  is responsible for allowing free, unrestricted movement of each muscle and muscle group, whilst holding everything in place.  

Fascia is a connective tissue that holds the body together. At its superficial level, it lies just beneath the skin.  Fascia organises muscles into functional groups, wraps individual muscles,  gathers the ends of muscles into tendons, binds specific tissues into organ shapes and holds them in place, forms the walls of lymph and blood vessels.

When there is injury or stress to the body, the Fascia responds by becoming hard and dehydrated. This results in stiffness, impingement of nerves and restriction of movement , causing pain and discomfort. 


Bowen therapy is able to release the hardened Fascia through manual stimulation. The Fascia becomes hydrated again, which brings nutrients back to the tissues and allows the bodys own internal healing process to begin.