Feline and canine Bowen therapy

¨ Small Animal Bowen ¨

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen was developed in the 1950's in Australia by Osteopath Tom Bowen and is now being taught all over the world with wonderful results!

In a nutshell: Bowen Therapy is a dynamic, holistic therapy that uses a neuromuscular approach to health care and is completely safe and natural!

It is a soft tissue or fascial manipulation used to correct bio-mechanical and neural dysfunctions and relieves pain.

The gentle, rolling moves are non-invasive and are made at specific points on the body over muscle insertions, trigger points and spinal reflex points. The moves which are made with the hands and via the fascia, stimulate the brain and body to begin the healing process anywhere in the body. These moves impact the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, organs, the nervous system, vascular and lymphatic systems in the body.

During the treatment there are short breaks or intervals which allow time for the impact of the moves to create change in the body and also gives the patient a chance to have short breaks from the actual hands on part of the treatment which is especially appreciated by timid or nervous animals.

If you've ever had a session you'll know how good it feels too!

How does it work?

Bowen Therapy activates the autonomic nervous system and the musculo-skeletal system by gently manipulating a combination of the FASCIA, muscles, ligaments, proprioceptors, lymphatic circulation and the spinal reflexes.

The body has its own instrinsic healing abilities and Bowen therapy has been developed to activate this. By performing sequences of cross fibre, rolling moves at specific locations over the fascia (which surrounds and envelopes muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves), the brain and body are stimulated to activate the healing process providing significant pain relief.

Studies have shown that Bowen Therapy has a profound affect on the Autonomic Nervous System.

What can it be used for?

It relieves pain caused by a wide range of conditions including muscular, internal, structural, intugementary system (skin and exocrine) issues and at the same time reduces stress and anxiety, producing a relaxed and calm state.

Bowen is such an effective modality as it can be applied even when many other therapies cannot be used, such as in cases of extreme trauma, illness and injury. Bowen is often able to help when an exact cause cannot be identified and is often beneficial to other areas above and beyond the initial reason for seeking out the treatment.

What Is Fascia?

FASCIA is a band or sheet of fibrous connective tissue, beneath the skin that is interwoven throughout the body in a web like manner, much like the fibres surrounding an orange. FASCIA surrounds and wraps around each and every muscle bone, nerve, vein and artery as well as all of the internal organs, including the brain, heart, lungs, spinal cord and the skin. Science now shows that the fascia is full of nerve endings and plays a very important role in the body!

Conditions that may be helped …
  • General Health
  • Soft tissue issues
  • Managing arthritis
  • Senior dog and cat care
  • Muscle injury and Muscular spasm
  • Lameness, limping, gaiting problems
  • Patella Luxation
  • Cruciate Ligament
  • Stifle instability
  • Wrist sprains/strains, elbows
  • Back pain and inflammation
  • TMJ and jaw
  • Muscular degeneration
  • Post surgery recovery
  • Shoulder and neck problems
  • Hindquarter, hamstrings and tail carriage
  • Rehabilitation after injury or accident
  • Pain relief
  • Scar tissue release
  • Nerve degeneration
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Kidney and Liver problems
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Immune System and Lymphatics
  • Allergies & skin conditions
  • Rescue dogs - relief of stress & the effects of trauma
  • Stress, grief & anxiety issues
  • Valuable for keeping show dogs in peak condition
  • Improves co-ordination and balances movement
  • Recovery and preparation for Agility and racing dogs
  • Increases circulation and blood flow
  • Recovery after illness

emmett technique for dogs

Emmett Technique For Dogs & Animals

Discover how this gentle and safe neuro-muscular, muscle release technique can be used to address pain and discomfort, improve body movement and restrictions. During 2019 I underwent training and completed 5 Levels of Emmett study for Practitioners and am very excited to be introducing this technique to the Mornington Peninsula

BENEFITS: Symptoms which may be relieved:

Cat enjoying bowen therapy
Boston Terrier receiving Bowen


canine bowen therapy for senior dogs
These therapies are sensible to include as part of a wellness and maintenance plan for growing puppies during the vital stages of their development since they can knock themselves around quite a bit during play or just by being a normal clumsy puppy.

Just as we perform regular maintenance on our car to keep them running smoothly, our animals also benefit from regular 'tune ups' to keep their bodies healthy and to catch any issues early preventing them from developing into chronic problems!

One of the most rewarding things for me is to see how much these body work modalities, (Bowen Therapy and Emmett Technique) improve the comfort, and quality of life restoring function in older dogs, gifting them extra quality time to be with their families.
It's so rewarding to see the spark returning to their wise old eyes once their body is helped back into balance and they start feeling better!

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