Bowen Therapy

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy is a soft tissue physical therapy that addresses the body’s fascia.

Bowen Therapy is a holistic body technique based on the work of Tom Bowen. Tom developed Bowen in the 1960’s through his own study and practice and had his own clinic where he would treat up to sixty people per day.

Fascia is the connective tissue that forms a continuous 3-D sheath throughout the entire body. It literally holds us together and is woven around and throughout muscles, ligaments, bone, nerves,  veins, lymph and organs. The Bowen move is a hands on form of bodywork. It is both gentle and non-invasive. A series of moves are selectively placed at various junctions on the body to stimulate the fascia. This helps to release adhesion’s, balance and restore equilibrium and results in overall improved levels of health. Bowen’s essence and strength is that it is an holistic therapy that addresses the whole body.

Bowen calms the nervous system by stimulating the proprioceptors (nerve receptors) and prompts the  body to shift from the sympathetic ”fight or flight” mode, to parasympathetic “rest and repair” mode .

The gentle application of Bowen means it is suited for all ages from babies and children to the elderly.


“Our family have been using Jacqui  for Bowen Therapy Treatments for the last three months for various aches & pains. We have all found that we feel much better after her treatments.
Jacqui  also treats my agility dogs & I have found that her treatments are helping my dogs to keep them sound for competing at the top level in agility.
Jacqui is great to deal with and very helpful when trying to get to the bottom of problems. We would have no hesitation in recommending Jacqui”

~ Vicky & Gavin Fox

What conditions can Bowen Therapy help you with?





Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia

Digestive Issues

Gynaecological Conditions


Rehabilitation post surgery

Sciatic Pain


Sleep Disorders

Sports injuries




Muscle strains and sprains

Fear and Anxiety

Rehabilitation and Recovery  post Surgery



Sluggish Lymphatic system

Degenerative Conditions

Stiffness and Pain

Behavioural Issues

Improved performance in:



Show and Working Dogs

General well-being


Contact me for an up to 15 minute free assessment about what is troubling you.

Fascia & The Mystery of Chronic Pain | Dana Sterling


“It was March 2018 at the Patearoa Dog Trials that my 3½ old heading dog, Lone, had a very nasty accident. After a good run-out in the Long Head he was in the process of lifting the sheep out of the hook and they were trying to break back toward the liberation pen. I sent him around to his right to block their progress but this required him jumping the liberation wing which he landed upon, resulting in him being catapulted into free fall, somersaulting over steep, bluffy terrain for approximately 70-80 metres until he came to a stop at the bottom. Consequently he was squealing with pain and was dragging his rear end along the ground, indicating possibly a broken back, or at least severe damage. 

A nearby land cruiser was commissioned to drive uphill as far as possible to which we carried Lone, and from there took him to Vetlife, Alexandra to be examined by respected vet, Lori Linney. 

The diagnosis after the x-ray was a dislocated vertebrae at the base of the neck above the shoulders, and much trauma and superficial damage. 

An operation at Christchurch was an option, but could cost up to $12,000 with no guarantee of success so we chose not to go there. 

After treatment and care at the vets, I took Lone home for a period of confinement then restricted and controlled exercise. I also contacted Jacqui Chittock, requesting a weekly course of Bowen Therapy. In conjunction with this, I also gave Lone a daily intake of Turmeric and Joint Ultra from O2B Healthy, a Nelson based company. 

Over several weeks Lone’s movement and capabilities improved remarkably and at the time of writing, he has returned to normal work and is capable of performing creditably in this situation, running freely. Although still showing a slight lameness in his right front leg which has been assessed as nerve damage. 

Although time and rest can be a good healer, I believe Jacqui and her ongoing Bowen Therapy  treatments have played a significant part in Lone’s remarkable recovery and as such, would recommend her and her methods of treatment to anyone.”

~ Lloyd Smith


Contact me for an up to 15 minute free assessment about what is troubling you.