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Dusty's Place
P.O. Box 827
Shingle Springs, CA 95682
Tel: (530) 672-2473




Dusty was introduced to Bowen well after her return to optimum health. She pulled a muscle in her shoulder a week before leaving on a two-week international vacation. Concerned that the injury might prevent her from traveling, she decided to give Bowen work a try. She was impressed with the gentle effectiveness of the treatment. Dusty left on vacation a week later…..pain free.


Dusty’s Bowen Practitioner is Raymond Augustyniak, Ph.D. in El Dorado Hills, Ca.

He is author of the comprehensive book on Bowen called, “Awaken the Doctor Within”.


Bowen naturally promotes physiological, mental, emotional and energetic adjustments and corrections throughout the entire body, by prompting it to re-establish wholistic (whole body) balance. It does this by fully utilizing the body’s own nervous system pathways to reflexively jump-start and awaken the preoccupied brain.


What is Bowen?


Bowen is a highly specialized, hands-on technique which uses gentle movements over muscle and connective tissue to increase the vitality and strength of internal organs while also activating the systems as well. It stimulates the innermost healing abilities of the body, down to the cellular level. Using standard movements in specific locations, “Bowen Moves” activate and create a relaxation response in a particular area for a short period of time before releasing.


The Bowen Activation Moves or “Moves”, preformed by a skilled Practitioner give the body instructions which allow it to “let go” on multiple levels simultaneously. This reduces muscle spasm, improves the blood and oxygen supply to the body and also increases lymphatic drainage.


Bowen mechanically separates closely connected and adhered fibers without a trace of pain, while stimulating both muscle and connective tissue. Moves preformed on the body produce positive effects by closing the communication lines, or energy flow, called Ki or Chi. These Moves cause direct beneficial healing and balancing effects by stimulating physical, mental and emotional healing.


The primary focus of Bowen is to trigger a “response” in the body rather than to physically attempt to change or alter the body in any way. Bowen generally does not seek to “fix” specific health problems; it merely resets the body’s systems to allow it to accelerate its own cure. Short-term benefits include a deep sense of relaxation. Longer-term effects often include better overall well being or improvements in dis-eased states.


Bowen has the ability to improve connections between the Central and Autonomic Nervous Systems and brain, along with the different body systems by “waking them up”. Bowen actually transmits natural waves transmits natural waves of different kinds throughout the body addressing: physical, mental, emotional, fluid, neuropathic and energetic levels simultaneously.  By stimulating the body to create specific harmonic frequencies, Bowen opens communication channels while also balancing the autonomic nervous system (ANS).


Bowen also strengthens the immune system, while at the same time reducing and eliminating pain. Many individuals report that they have reduced or eliminated their need for medication after just a few Bowen sessions.


Generally speaking, the longer a problem has existed the more sessions it may require to achieve the desired results, but not in every case.


Bowen sessions may last from 30 to 90 minutes and are customized for the individual to address what the body presents “that day”. Initially, it is generally recommended that a person receive three to five sessions spaced 5-10 days apart.




Bowen uses simple, straightforward and easy-to-observe assessment techniques that give an instant and accurate account of where the body is and what it needs. More experienced Practitioners can do a simple full-body assessment prior to performing a session on an individual by asking questions and keenly observing their overall posture, facial tension, expression, body movement, breathing and body language. Most sessions also use short, simple, specific assessments throughout the session to assess whether the individual may need a particular procedure. Most of the time, assessments are being made through the feedback given by the body as the Practitioner performs Bowen directly on the person.


A Basic Bowen Session


In a Bowen session Practitioners may slightly vary in their approach, partly based on their understanding of the work and/or their profession or training. Some of the common elements include;

  • The session is almost always performed on a twin size bed or massage-type table. It can be performed nearly anywhere and in any position that is comfortable for the recipient.
  • The work is usually performed through loose-fitting clothes after belts, wallets and pocket items are removed. It is not necessary to remove jewelry, although many people do remove it.
  • After some form of interview and assessment to more fully understand what the needs of the individual are, the practitioner will have the person lie down, usually prone (face-down), in a position that is comfortable for them. The Practitioner will then begin to perform classic “Bowen Moves” across a few muscles and tendons, classically beginning with the Lower Back Procedure.
  • At certain points during the session, the Practitioner will stop and leave the person to relax for a couple of minutes or so. The Practitioner actually leaving the room for short periods is part of the session, so those receiving Bowen for the first time should not be alarmed. The person my feel their body change around or they may become drowsy during the first two or three “rest periods” and begin to fall asleep. This is perfectly normal and natural. Dropping off into a restful state is indicative of the release of accumulated tension.
  • The session usually begins in the waist or hip area and progresses down the legs, then up the back to the shoulders and neck, then to the mid-back region of the body before having the person supine (face up). If only the mid-region or the upper part of the body is to be addressed during the session, the lower portion of the body may not be addressed at all.
  • After the person has turned onto their back, a few more Moves may be preformed to address other areas of the body or to access a different angle on sections that were already addressed. After completion of the session on the table, the person will be asked to sit up. After a few moments, another set of Moves may be performed to complete the session. The person will then be asked to step down with their weight distributed on evenly on both feet. This begins to set the work and begins reprogramming symmetry back into weight-bearing structures. As the session completes, the person is reminded of the post-session protocols of drinking lots of water, walking every day, no hot or cold baths, etc. The Practitioner advises when the optimum time would be for a return visit. This is based on the changes and observations of the body from the first visit.
  • The Practitioner custom-designs the Bowen session for each individual. Those Practitioners who have developed skills of awareness of what is happening in the body often have a greater ability to observe what the body is telling them, which can also reduce the number of sessions that a person may need. A beginning student or beginning Practitioner more often than not has a very high rate of success if Moves are performed as taught.


During any session, the body provides tell-tale signs as to what is happening. A few of these signs include; the body heating up or becoming cold, producing mid- to high range temperature variances that can be noticeably felt, the proverbial involuntary shifting or twitching of muscles, changes in skin color, tingling throughout the musculature, palms or soles of the feet is common. Rarely, a sense of nausea, sweating or feeling of cold may occur during a session. Commonly these signs begin to occur right before the recipient of the session drops into a very deep meditative state of rest. These very distinct and unique clues offer the Practitioner a front row into what state the body is in, what it needs to enable itself to heal, how the body is responding and when the session is over. When these or other remarkable changes occur, the Practitioner will begin to check for what is called “flux”. “Flux” is a state or condition that indicates the body is on the verge of becoming over-stimulated. Flux is a clear sign that the body has had enough for the day.


Bowen and It’s Use with Other Therapies


If other therapies are incorporated with Bowen during the initial 3-5 visits, they tend to erase the direct Bowen work that done. After the initial Bowen treatment regimen, a healthcare practitioner can introduce other therapies on an alternating weekly schedule. This is very effective for severe, chronic conditions. Bowen is and can be used as a complementary approach that enhances other therapies. It does not interfere with medical care. [1]



[1] The information listed above is copied with permission from the book, “Awaken the Doctor Within” by Raymond Augustyniak, Ph.D.

To order the book, "Awaken the Doctor Within" go to www.bowenhealingsystem.com




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