General background

The citations on this page are listed alphabetically by the author’s last name.
The articles are grouped according to the audience for which they were originally written:

• for the general public (in newspapers, magazines, and newsletters)
• for health professionals (in trade or academic journals)
• for Bowenwork practitioners (in our own publications)

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The Parkinson’s dilemma. John C. Coleman. Living Now (Australia’s largest holistic magazine), September 12, 2008.
** Coleman, diagnosed with Stage IV Parkinson's in 1995, was symptom-free three years later. He attributes PD and other neuro-degenerative diseases to impaired hypothalamic function following early trauma and shares his observations that hydration and gentle bodywork are key to recovery. 5pp
Bowen therapy results are profound. Hali Fitzpatrick. Mosaic Magazine, summer 2011, p 15.
** Canadian grandmother, seeking help for her autistic grandson, gets hooked on Bowen during a class where he is a demonstration "client." His response -- plus the results of a few Bowen moves on her own painful elbow -- inspire her to learn Bowenwork. 1p.
Bowen technique for back pain and other conditions. Liz James. Positive Health Online, issue 143, Jan 2008.
** UK practitioner describes two cases in which multiple complaints cleared up while addressing only a small subset. 2pp
When scientists saw the mouse heads glowing, they knew the discovery was big. David Kohn. The Washington Post, May 21, 2017.
** The discovery that lymphatic vessels extend into the brain offers another possible mechanism of action to explain the surprising results sometimes obtained with Bowenwork. 3pp
Peaceful bodies: health and wellbeing through Bowenwork. Pamela Pendlebury. Monadnock Living, fall-winter 2014, pp 18-19.
** Practitioner's observation that children typically require much shorter and fewer Bowenwork sessions than adults for similar issues. 2pp
The gentlest, most effective pain relief ever. Robert J. Rowen's Second Opinion Newsletter, July 2003, XIII:7, pp 1-5.
** Alternative physician describes his initial experience of observing a demonstration of Bowenwork and, later, four anecdotes about his early applications of Bowenwork after studying it with Sandra Gustafson. 4pp
Bowenwork: alternative therapy for concussion. Stephen Stamp. Inside Lacrosse, Nov 21, 2011.
** The accumulation and resolution of multiple concussions suffered by high school lacrosse player Nathan White. 3pp


Accelerated healing response: the Bowen technique can complement traditional PT. Dan Amato. Advance for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants, Oct 2001, pp 35-37.
** Factors that slow post-injury rehabilitation and ways in which Bowenwork engages built-in physiological processes to promote healing. Discusses several proposed mechanisms of action and includes some physical therapists' experience with Bowenwork. 17 references. 3pp
Bowenwork for migraine relief. Sandra Gustafson. Massage Therapy Journal, fall 2015, p 94.
** A life-long pattern of multiple migraine attacks tapered to zero during 14 Bowen sessions, as did the client's severe neck pain from two auto accidents. At the end of the four-month series, her initial ibuprofen use had dropped from 10-12 200mg tablets per day to zero. 1p.
Bowenwork: gentle touch, impressive results. Sandra Gustafson. Massage, Feb 2013, pp 54-58.
** General introduction, information about training and venues where Bowenwork is practiced. 5pp
Bowenwork: bodywork without the work. Sandra Gustafson. Massage & Bodywork, May/June 2010, pp 54-63.
** Focus on women's health within a naturopathic practice and the gentleness of the work on both client and practitioner. 8pp
Bowenwork for pain: a winner, hands down. Cheryl Kasdorf. Naturopathic Doctor News & Review, July 2013, pp 15ff.
** Naturopath explains how several physiological "laws" explain the body’s response to Bowenwork. Five brief cases involving pain (anywhere from feet to jaw) illustrate the range of common patterns of response. 7pp
The Bowen technique. Vicki Mechner. Massage, Nov/Dec 2003, pp 102-107.
** Includes details about the history of the development of Bowenwork. Quotes Bowen practitioners who had practiced massage before learning Bowenwork and massage clients about their first Bowenwork sessions. 5pp
The Bowen technique: mechanisms for action. John Wilks. Journal of Australian Traditional Medicine Society, March 2013, Vol 19, E1, pp 33–35.
** A discussion of neural and fascial structures in the body through which the Bowen technique achieves its results. 14 references. 3pp


Bowenwork for people living with cancer. Sandra Gustafson. Bowen Hands, June 2015, p11.
** Information about the safety of Bowenwork for clients diagnosed with cancer. 1p
A letter from Queensland. Sandra Leahy (now Gustafson). Bowen Hands, Spring 1994, pp 14-15.
** Two anecdotes about use of the Respiratory procedure in a controlled intensive care emergency environment, for asthma and whooping cough. A discussion of parallels between Bowenwork and homeopathy. 2pp
Setting the record straight. Vicki Mechner. American Bowen Academy newsletter, Dec 2016.
** Correcting seven common but erroneous statements about the development of the Bowen Technique as expressed in one particular online article. 9pp
Modern science validating complementary therapies. James Oschman. Presented at the Bowtech International Conference, Winchester, UK, October 25-26, 2008. Transcribed in three issues of Bowen Hands, March, June and Sept, 2009, each pp 3-5.
** An overview of theory and cutting-edge research in physics (e.g., low-intensity magnetic fields, resonance) and their application to the practice of Bowenwork. 9pp
Monumental Ceremony. Chris Reed. Bowen Hands, December 2002, pp 10-11.
** A description of the dedication of the Tom Bowen memorial sculpture in the Geelong (Victoria) park opposite Rene Horwood's house on Autumn Street, where he began his practice. 2pp
Healing from an energetic perspective with Bowen, Margaret Spicer. Bowen Hands, June 2015, pp 22-23.
** A perspective on the relationship between innate intelligence, meridians, subtle-energy anatomy, healing and clients' awareness. 2pp