In a nutshell – Canine Bowen Technique is a very gentle, subtle and relaxing hands-on remedial technique which aims to boost the body’s natural healing capability. It enables relaxation and aims to promote healing, pain relief and body / energy rebalancing.


As an holistic technique, it seeks to rebalance the whole body as well as working on the area that may be the core problem.


It involves using fingers and thumbs on precise points on the dog’s body and applying gentle rolling movement over muscle and soft tissue. These gentle yet powerful moves are combined with short breaks to allow the body to process the moves and start the process of self-healing / rebalancing.


The Canine Bowen Technique is so gentle that it is suitable for dogs of all ages, from young pups to the elderly and infirm.



Canine Bowen Technique is based on the principles of the Bowen Technique, a successful complementary human therapy developed by Australian, Tom Bowen, and introduced into the UK in 1993. It was adapted for use on dogs in this country in 2001 by Bowen therapists Ron and Sally Askew, who integrated it into their own dog behavioural and rehabilitation work. In 2003, they founded the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGBCT) to bring this exciting modality to both the UK and mainland Europe.


Canine Bowen Technique is holistic. I therefore work with the dog as a whole and not just a specific condition. It can have a profound impact on all manner of physical problems, e.g. chronic or acute aches and pains and also where there is stress and tension.