A closer look at the Bowen and Alexander technique

There are a number of complementary therapies available. Here we look at the Bowen and Alexander techniques in more detail. You may not have ever heard about them so this information should provide a brief overview for you.

The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Association was set up in November 1997 and is the European arm of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia. They provide BowTech accreditation’s which are a recognised qualification for complementary therapists . If you have a cash plan you may be able to claim your cash back for this complementary therapy .

How does Bowen Work?

A treatment consists of a series of gentle rolling moves with frequent pauses between moves. This gives the body time to benefit from each set. Practitioners treat the body as a whole or can target a specific problem. They are able to pinpoint stress build-up in muscle groups and then release it.

It’s referred to as ‘complementary’ – meaning it will enhance and complement other medical treatments. However, it should be noted that receiving other manipulative therapies immediately following a Bowen session can undermine the effectiveness of the Bowen work. It is better to wait a week before starting any other treatments.

The Bowen Technique is a holistic therapy which both balances and stimulates – the restorative process beginning once the body is relaxed.

For more detailed information relating to the Bowen Technique, please refer to The Bowen Association website:


Information sourced from The Bowen Association

The Alexander Technique

The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) was founded in the UK in 1958 by teachers trained by FM Alexander. There are currently over 2500 teaching members of STAT and its Affiliated Societies world-wide. The STAT accreditation is recognised by Healthshield as a complementary therapy on their cash plan policies.

  • The Alexander Technique is a skill for self-development. It teaches you to change long-standing habits that cause unnecessary tension in everything you do
  • Alexander Technique lessons stimulate your ability to learn simultaneously on different levels. Essentially this means physically, intellectually and emotionally.
  • You learn to recognise your harmful habits. It will teach you how to stop and think and to choose a better response.

For more detailed information relating to the Alexander Technique, please refer to the STAT website:


Information sources from The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique

We can help if you would like help to find a cash plan that will provide cover for complementary therapies. Our team can also assist you or with other policies such as Health or Dental Insurance. Please get in touch on 01245 929129 or enquiries@smphealthcare.com and our staff will be happy to help you.