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Bowen Therapy

Joana's sessions incorporate a distinctive skill set, comprising Bowen Therapy, The EMMETT Technique, BE Activated, and even Pilates exercises, tailored to help you achieve your objectives in pain relief, stress reduction, and restoring balance. All techniques  are part of the neuromuscular body treatment approach.

Bowen Therapy

Joana’s Bowen Therapy approach

Bowen Therapy, as our primary healing method, is a highly effective remedial soft tissue therapy. It requires the practitioner using their thumbs and fingers to execute unique rolling-type movements on specific points of the body, stimulating the body's innate healing mechanisms. Even though some times more pressure may be used than others, overall the session is very relaxing, and some people fall asleep.

Throughout the treatment, Joana includes intervals for your body (and nervous system) to process the therapy. 

It's important to note that there are no forceful joint manipulations or adjustments involved.

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Bowen Therapy


Some of the conditions that respond well to Bowen Therapy are:

Musculoskeletal - Support to muscular pain or movement related issues in the body, whether due to posture or injury recovery. This includes any part of the body, back, neck,  shoulders, carpal tunnel, RSI, Sciatica, or even general stiffness. 

Respiratory - asthma, hay fever, sinus problems.

Digestive - IBS, constipation, indigestion, acid reflux.

Gynecological - infertility, irregular cycles, PMS

Autoimmune conditions and stress related symptoms - Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, IBS, Parkinson's, ME, migraines

Sports performance - improve your sports performance by improving the way you move, recover from sports injuries or from a strenuous exercise event. 

Furthermore, Bowen therapy is highly effective in promoting post-operative recovery, especially when combined with scar therapy.

Bowen Therapy


Usually a Bowen session lasts no more than one hour. The first treatment, includes a consultation, and additional time is taken to understand your situation, take a detailed history and conduct postural assessments.

Some clients experience immediate relief and instant changes, while for others it can take longer. It is possible you may feel cold, or warm, perhaps a tingling sensation - sometimes people don’t feel much during the session but it is later in the day that they feel the effects of the session, quite often by feeling tired and sleepy.

In most circumstances, clients feel the benefits from their Bowen treatment in the days that follow, as their body makes the needed adjustments. IT can take up to 5 days to fully process a Bowen treatment. 


  • What should I wear?
    Treatment is usually done on skin, wearing undergarments, however it can also be done through light clothing. During treatment you will be covered with towels and, if necessary, a blanket. Clients are properly drapped at all times during the treatment. The patient is invited to lay down on a therapy table, however due to difficulties in mobility and other restrictions, some patients may also receive treatment on a chair.
  • How many sessions do I need?
    Most people will have responses within 1-4 sessions, when even long standing pain has been seen to be relieved in many clients. Some conditions might need to be treated more often, but in either case it is recommended that clients return for regular treatments every six to eight weeks to maintain optimum health.
  • Who can be treated?
    It is safe to use on anyone, men and women of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. It is also really beneficial for pregnant women and for those who are unable to receive more invasive or forceful treatments.
  • Aftercare?
    During the days following a Bowen session It is advised to drink plenty of water to hydrate your body. It is also important, especially on the day of the treatment to not stay uninterrupted in a sitting position longer than about 30 minutes at a time. Stay in touch with your therapist and return for additional treatments to maintain optimal health. It should be noted that receiving other manipulative therapies immediately following a Bowen session can undermine the effectiveness of the Bowen work. However, if this is not possible, please discuss it with Joana for more guidance. The Bowen Technique is not a substitute for medical advice. You should not stop any medication you have been prescribed unless your doctor tells you to do so. The Bowen Technique will not interfere with any medication you are taking.
  • How often should I come for a session?
    For a course of treatment with Bowen sessions, it is recommended to space them at a minimum of 5 days apart and not more than 10 days. However, it's essential to consider that the body undergoes continuous changes during pregnancy, potentially altering the treatment requirements. Some expectant mothers may initially opt for 1-2 sessions and subsequently return as needed, whenever their symptoms resurface, or when they require assistance to relax or improve their sleep.
  • I would like relief for my pain/symptoms but I have concerns of how the therapy may affect my baby.
    The good news is that Bowen treatment poses no contraindications, and it can actually benefit your baby. Joana's comprehensive approach aims to relax the muscles around the pelvis, which, in turn, creates more space for the baby. This can encourage optimal foetal positioning and potentially alleviate issues like acid reflux that mothers may be experiencing.
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Bowen Therapy


Lower back and shoulder pain

Hip and lower back pain; Upper back and shoulder tension

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