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Bowen Therapy, also known as the Bowen Technique, is a gentle and non-invasive form of bodywork that aims to promote relaxation, balance, and overall well-being. While it’s often used for pain relief and musculoskeletal issues, its deeply relaxing effects can also play a significant role in improving sleep quality.

The Science Behind Bowen Therapy and Sleep

  1. Muscle Tension Reduction: Bowen therapy involves precise movements applied to specific points on the body. These gentle moves help reduce muscle tension, promoting a state of relaxation. When our muscles are less tense, it becomes easier to drift into a restful sleep.

  2. Stimulating Serotonin Production: Touch therapies like Bowen have been shown to stimulate serotonin production. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, temperature, and appetite. Adequate serotonin levels contribute to better sleep patterns.

  3. Calming the Nervous System: The Bowen moves activate nerve receptors, signalling the nervous system to calm down. Reduced anxiety and stress levels translate to improved sleep quality.

Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep

Before we look into how Bowen therapy can help, here are some general tips for better sleep:

  1. Establish a Routine: Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Consistency helps regulate your body’s internal clock.

  2. Limit Screen Time: Avoid screens (laptops, mobiles, TVs) before bedtime. Instead, opt for reading a book or practicing meditation.

  3. Create a Calming Environment: Dim the lights, avoid Wi-Fi signals, and consider using essential oils like lavender for relaxation.

  4. Watch Your Caffeine Intake: Avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening.

  5. Comfort and Temperature: Ensure your sleep environment is comfortable and maintain an optimal room temperature.

Bowen Therapy and Insomnia

Insomnia affects a significant portion of the population, disrupting both mental and physical health. Here’s how Bowen therapy may help:

  1. Pain Reduction: Pain often interferes with sleep. Bowen therapy addresses musculoskeletal issues, potentially preventing pain and discomfort.

  2. Nervous System Regulation: The gentle Bowen moves help calm nerve receptors, reducing anxiety and promoting relaxation. As a result, you’re more likely to experience restful sleep.


If you’re struggling with sleeplessness or insomnia, consider incorporating Bowen therapy into your wellness routine. Its relaxing effects, pain-reducing properties, and nervous system regulation may contribute to better sleep quality.

Remember that Bowen therapy complements conventional medicine but does not replace it. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalised advice. Sweet dreams!

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice.

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  • Writer's pictureLisa Kossuth
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Epsom salt foot baths may help improve your sleep

An evening with a warm foot bath with Epsom salts for 20 mins followed by slapping each foot lightly using a cupped hand and then ending with a short soothing foot massage is great for inducing a good nights sleep.

Why not try it? I hope this helps.

Take care,


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  • Writer's pictureLisa Kossuth

Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve is compressed, which may be caused by a number of different problems such as muscle spasms in the buttocks, an injury or trauma to the area or a herniated disc.

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body, starting at the base of the spine and running down both legs. Sciatica tends to occur on one side and the pain is often worse in the limbs than in the lower back itself. Clients may experience sharp pains and/or dull continuous aching and often report burning sensations, pins and needles, numbness and muscle weakness as well. In many cases, they also find it very difficult to find any comfortable position throughout the day or night!

Bowen, with its unique non-invasive and gentle approach, can be a key element to manage discomfort associated with sciatica.

sciatica muscle pain leg pain back pain bowen therapy for sciatica

It is recommended to have 2-4 sessions of Bowen therapy for Sciatica but very often, symptoms may change as soon as during or after the first session or a few days later. Maintenance treatments are recommended every 4-6 weeks if needed and many choose maintenance sessions of Bowen therapy as part of their self-care routine.

I will also offer self-care advice as we work together and if necessary I will refer you to your GP if further investigation is needed.

The aim of all my interventions is to help you become mobile again – and keep you that way by supporting you with pain and tension or stress associated symptoms. The therapies I offer are The Bowen Technique, Reiki and Bach Flower remedies; I can also provide a combination of these therapies tailored to your circumstances. 

By choosing to have either a regular treatment plan, a few sessions of coaching or combining the two, it may really help you to move forwards both mentally, emotionally and physically to lead a richer life. I will also offer self-care advice as we work together.


Please note: The Bowen Technique and other complementary therapies do not replace conventional medicine, and you should always seek the advice of your GP. Complementary therapists do not diagnose, nor do they prescribe or alter medication. They may, however, advise clients to be regularly assessed by their doctor in case their medication dose needs to be adjusted.

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