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How Animal Bowen Works


Animal Bowen is now being used with working dogs, companion animals and in rescue centres across the world. It is based on the Bowen Technique developed by the brilliant late Tom Bowen and then adapted to horses and small animals by Ali Goward in Australia.


It is a simple, effective way to treat many symptoms and injuries that an animal may sustain in its life. It does not replace veterinary treatment but is ideal to use alongside it for many musculo-skeletal, neurological and body system functional problems. It can also be invaluable in post operative care, rehabilitation, stress and behavioural situations.


The technique consists of a sequence of very gentle rolling moves over key points on the musculature and fascia (many alongside the spine and over acupuncture points).
Animal Bowen does not treat conditions or diseases. It treats the body as a WHOLE no matter what the diagnosis or symptoms, bringing the body and mind back into BALANCE and HOMEOSTASIS.


Bowen therapy is defined as ‘a non-diagnostic, non-invasive, non-manipulative hands-on system of bodywork addressing the whole animal with an organized series of unique, gentle, rolling moves over soft tissue. It is extremely gentle and dynamically effective requiring no harsh manipulation, machines or drugs to work. It works on the Central Nervous System and on connective tissue called Fascia.


Fascia is a thin membrane covering and connecting every tissue or system in the body and is normally loose, moist, supple and elastic enabling movement between body parts. Stress on Muscles, Tendons and Ligaments can develop from injury and trauma. Dogs and Cats are very athletic and can often injure themselves running, jumping, twisting and leaping in the air or over obstacles. Initial postural imbalances are often missed.


When muscles, joints and tissues are under stress from previous injury, compensation or trauma it causes incorrect alignment of muscles and bones resulting in restricted movement and reduced efficiency in all the surrounding tissues. The muscles tighten to protect the body, the surrounding fascia produces tough, inelastic fibres creating more stiffness, pain and restriction.