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The Bowen Technique

Bowen Technique with Diana Menzies Smith


Have you considered The Bowen Technique?

Back pain? Sports injury? Mobility problems?
Frozen shoulder? Something else? Is this you?

What is the Bowen Technique?

The Bowen Technique is a complementary therapy that works over muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons, nerves and the skeleton to accelerate healing, realign and balance the body.  It has an excellent track record in helping relieve many symptoms.  Results can be remarkable, even from the first session.

How does it work?

Gentle, powerful moves send messages deep into the body, penetrating to a cellular level to realign and balance the body.  Pauses allow the body time to respond to the work, begin the healing process and re-orient to a previously healthy state.  Bowen moves treat the body as a whole or can target a specific problem.  A Bowen treatment will enhance and complement other medical treatments, and conditions other than those being treated are often resolved, whether structural, physiological or emotional.

What’s it like?

Each Bowen therapy session varies according to the particular problems of the client.  By focusing on the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back, shoulders and the neck, a sense of wellbeing can be achieved, helping relaxation, aiding sleep – helping to remove everyday stress and anxiety that can make us feel under-par or prevent us functioning at our optimum. The Bowen moves are light and very precise.  Its effects go on working for days following treatment and can be long lasting.  For this reason it is better to wait a week either side of having other manual therapy.  The moves may be given through light clothing or on the skin and can assist recovery from many conditions from traumatic injury to chronic illness, depending on each individual’s capacity to heal.  It is considered suitable for everyone from pregnant women to new-born babies, the frail and the elderly.  People are amazed at the sensations and results.

Diana Menzies-Smith BTAA BTAUK IIHHT RSA VTCT is an Advanced Practitioner of The Bowen Therapeutic Technique, registered with the Bowen Association UK, Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council.

If you would like a treatment with Diana Menzies-Smith’s private clinic in Weybridge:
Call:  01932 843269

To find a therapist local to your area visit:

The Alexander Technique

Alexander Technique for HealthA lot of people have heard of the Alexander Technique, but not that many know what it is.  In fact, it’s a subtle process that’s quite different from other approaches, so like anything unfamiliar it can seem rather confusing at first.

The Alexander Technique is a practical skill that you learn.  First and foremost it’s an educational process.  So I call myself an Alexander Technique teacher, I have pupils who come for lessons. It’s not a treatment or therapy, although it often makes you feel great and can have therapeutic effects.

But Alexander Technique is a practical skill with a twist.  When we learn most skills like driving a car or dancing the tango, we are adding new movement patterns.  With Alexander Technique it’s the reverse.   It’s a skill of subtraction.  You are learning to take away what you don’t want.

So what sort of thing don’t you want?  As young children we move beautifully, but as we get older we pick up all kinds of unconscious movement habits and postural sets.  We may have an injury or operation and then hold protective muscular tension around the damaged area years after the damage has healed. Or maybe you were the kid who grew tall at a young age so now you stoop even though you’re an average height adult.  There are all sorts of factors that combine to create unconscious habits of tension, fixity or collapse in the body.  It’s these habits that lead to poor posture or even pain, and it’s those you learn to stop with Alexander Technique.

Many people turn to the Alexander Technique for help with posture or with back pain.  Often these two are related.  It’s also popular for women during pregnancy, when a lot physical changes are taking place.  Many drama schools and classical music colleges teach Alexander Technique as part of the curriculum to students, as it helps them with the physical demands of their professions.  Other applications are for people with movement problems such as MS, Parkinsons or stroke.  So there is a wide spectrum of people who find it useful.

About Sarah Chatwin

Sarah Chatwin helps high achievers with posture, back pain and stress using Alexander Technique.  Based in Holborn, central London, she runs a busy private practice as well as corporate workshops for companies such as Aveda and Facebook, as is a popular speaker.

To try out some Alexander Technique ideas for yourself, visit and sign up for Sarah’s free e-course ‘Seven Steps to Less Pain, More Poise’

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© Sarah Chatwin 2011