The Bowen Technique is a gentle, light-touch therapy developed by Australian Thomas Ambrose Bowen in the 1960's and 1970's. Originally intended to help people suffering from muscular-skeletal problems, it has been shown to be very successful with many other conditions as well. In particular it has proved to be very effective, on many occasions, for both adults and children suffering from asthma and other respiratory ailments, sometimes with dramatic results.

Bowen and Asthma
Tom Bowen's wife suffered from asthma and was hospitalised many times before he developed a respiratory procedure, using his technique of gentle "moves" in specific places on the body, to help her. She was never hospitalised again.

Asthma and Bowen
Whatever the level of asthma, or similar respiratory problems, Bowen often seems to reduce the level of attack very quickly, and effectively. A number of Case Studies forming part of a study over several years will illustrate how very successful the technique is proving to be.
As Bowen is both very gentle and non-invasive, there is no danger in using it with asthma and other respiratory conditions. The many cases treated have shown often to produce results very quickly which last. Treatment usually does not need to be continuous, and often just a very few sessions will change the situation for the sufferer. As with any allergy, the avoidance of contact with the allergen is an essential part of the treatment. However, what Bowen does achieve very often is the release of tightness in the chest which aids both asthmatics and other respiratory sufferers.

The research being undertaken by Alastair Rattray, a very experienced Bowen Therapist, and Teacher with the European College of Bowen Studies (ECBS) is showing that it makes no difference as to whether the person is under a regime of medication, or not. The results are proving, so far, to be usually exactly the same. The attacks lessen more and more until they no longer seem to be a problem. There are many successes recorded at all ages.

The Author
Alastair Rattray is an experienced Bowen Therapist and Teaches for the European College of Bowen Studies in London, the South East and Essex. He qualified with the Football Association Treatment of Injury Certificate in 1972 and spent many years as physiotherapist to a semi-professional football club. He practices near Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge, London and the South East of the UK. Following some remarkable successes with child asthma, he began his research into the effects of the Bowen Technique on the condition. The continuing success of the technique resulted in his being asked to appear on Discovery Health Channel in the series called Complementary Kids, which was broadcast in the autumn of 2002 and subsequently repeated many times. His work has also featured in both The Sunday Times and Allergy Magazine. Alastair is an Associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine and secretary of the FA Medical Society.

There may come a time (probably sooner rather than later), when you find yourself caring for a person or child who is having difficulty breathing or experiencing an asthma attack. In such circumstances, what can you do to help? The Bowen Asthma Release Move can help relieve attacks by releasing the diaphragm and easing tight chests and wheezing. Click here to learn more about this essential procedure.

Three short films can be seen from "The Bowen Technique" page. They illustrate the simple treatment we use on young children, and two interviews. One is with the mother of Olivia (see Case Studies) and the other from an asthma sufferer who also demonstrates the "Release Move".

We had a stand again at The Allergy Show in June at Olympia, London. Many people came to talk to us, as last year, including doctors and a number of asthma nurses and other professionals. We did a large number of urgent treatments as the days were rather hot! The stand was titled "The Bowen Technique for Asthma." A one day course for Asthma Nurses was announced at the show, the first of which will be on 23 September.

An experienced physiotherapist, regained control of a major attack her 9 month old child was suffering using the Bowen Release Move.

A woman in her late 20's who has had asthma since a child, suffered chest infections with her frequent colds, as well as migraines. She needed Ventolin 20 times a day. Three treatments completely changed her life and she has not used Ventolin for over two years. If she needs to, she uses the Bowen Release Move. "I have a new life now". Her case featured in Allergy Magazine in December 2005.

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