Bowen Therapy for Dogs
The Bowen Technique is a gentle, hands-on, non-invasive therapy that encourages the body to realign and heal itself. The technique treats the whole body and can help to alleviate a wide range of problems and injuries. Here are just a few: skeletal and muscular problems, sprains, strains, stress, breathing difficulties, digestive disorders, anxiety, arthritis and allergies.
Bowen may also help with negative emotional states, rehabilitation, improve sports and general physical performance and aid relaxation.
In addition to helping dogs with named problems, Canine Bowen may also be useful for: improving the quality of life for dogs with chronic illness or degenerative disease, aiding recovery time from surgery or illness and helping rescue/re-homed or traumatised dogs to relax and de-stress.
Bowen Technique consists of a series of rolling type moves made on specific points of the body. These moves help to promote healing, improve energy levels and reduce pain. The gentle nature of Bowen means that the treatment is not forced on the dog, it simply helps to restore harmony and rebalance the body physically and emotionally.
It is based on the principles of a successful human modality - the Bowen Technique - which was developed by Tom Bowen, in Australia in the 1950’s, and brought to the UK in the early 1990’s.
Its adaptation in the UK for use on dogs was started in 2001 by Bowen therapists Sally and Ron Askew, who started on their own dogs, and then, with the cooperation and support of their local vets, integrated their findings into their canine behavioural and rehabilitation work with great success.
In 2003, following persistent prompting, they designed a professional program of training, with an holistic approach, for people wishing to become properly skilled Canine Bowen Technique therapists, and founded the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT) to bring this exciting modality both to the UK and to mainland Europe.
Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute for proper veterinary care, and should be used in conjunction with orthodox veterinary treatment. It should only be available on veterinary referral.