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Bowen Therapy can reduce stress, sleeplessness and digestive problems for children with autism. It can also reduce all sorts of pain in both children and adults.

Bowen Therapy at Toby House

We’re delighted to welcome Pamela Dewener to The Toby Henderson Trust. Pamela is a qualified practitioner of Bowen Therapy and will be providing this gentle form of treatment at Toby House.

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen therapy was developed in the 1950’s. It’s a gentle, relaxing, non-intrusive, remedial therapy which allows the body to reset and heal itself. It is so gentle that it is safe to use on new-born babies, pregnant women, the very elderly, and people suffering from chronic disease.

A treatment consists of a series of gentle moves on the body which aim to stimulate the muscles, soft tissues and energy within the body. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue and no force is used or needed.

The treatment promotes healing, pain relief and recovery of energy – enabling the body to realign itself.

What can it do for me?

There are many conditions which will respond well to Bowen Therapy. Most patients initially come to Bowen with a musculoskeletal problem. This is typically, backache, sciatica, frozen shoulder, knee pain etc. They then discover the many other conditions Bowen can help treat, including migraine, hay fever, asthma… and the list goes on. Bowen therapy is very calming and can help to reduce stress, which in turn can reduce the symptoms of other conditions. It is worth discussing any of your health problems with your Bowen Therapist as there is probably a set of Bowen moves likely to help.

Sports players will often notice an improvement in their performance and tend to have fewer injuries when they have regular Bowen treatments. They will therefore choose to have treatments to keep their bodies working effectively rather than wait until they are in pain.

Parents notice the calming effect Bowen has on their children who have autism. They benefit themselves from Bowen treatments reducing their stress as well as healing injuries. It is always easier to be patient and caring when you are not in pain.

What happens in a session?

A Bowen treatment will usually take between 45 minutes and one hour. During the treatment, there are periods when the therapist will leave the room allowing the client to rest while their body is absorbing the gentle moves that have been performed. This gives the body time to make the subtle adjustments which help to relieve tension, reduce pain and initiate the healing process.

Clients usually notice positive results after three or four treatments. The first three treatments need to be administered within a four week period. After that, the schedule of future treatments depends very much on the individual client. Some may feel they need a “top-up” every 6-8 weeks, for others 12-16 weeks suits them better. For those who have a “one off” injury rather than an ongoing condition, they may only need to have another appointment when they injure themselves again.

Bowen can be performed through light clothing and the non-intrusive nature of the moves makes it better tolerated by those who are not keen on “hands on” treatments.

Most people experience a feeling of calm during and following a Bowen treatment. They will also often report having “the best night’s sleep in a long time” after their treatment.

Booking a session at Toby House

There are very few practitioners of Bowen Therapy in the North East, so we’re excited to be able to bring this technique to Toby House.


Currently, sessions are available on Monday afternoons. If you would like pricing details or to make an appointment, call Toby House on 0300 365 3055, or e-mail

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About Pamela

Pamela Dewener qualified as a Bowen Therapist in 2005 and developed a successful clinic in Devon. Having moved to Northumberland in 2015 she is now launching her new Bowen clinic “Dewener Wellbeing” based in Glanton.

Pamela has had experience of working with children with ASD who have found the therapy extremely calming. They have described the benefits they have experienced as “stopping the buzzy head” and finding it easier to cope in school.

Here’s how Bowen Therapy has benefited some children and families

The following are excerpts taken from testimonials available in full on the Bowen Therapy website.


“Since Ben has been having the Bowen treatments, he has learned to relax more. He has a more relaxed approach to his day to day activities. He is more loving towards myself, and he starts conversations with me, (usually about school) whereas before he was unwilling to communicate with me. I have definitely noticed an improvement regarding his communication and interactivity.”


“Initially Christopher was anxious about receiving the technique and did not want to attend. After the first session Christopher left stating “It was nice” and that he would go back again.

“Since then Christopher has attended several more times. Below are the benefits we have noticed as a family.

Christopher leaves the session feeling relaxed.

He is notably calmer – managing his emotions better.

He is managing change a little better – being able to talk through reasons why rather than just reacting.

He is more loving – he is cuddling and kissing us more.”

Christopher comes usually every week (for the last 3 months) and he is a joy to work with. His mum feels he is doing really well and lots of people have commented to her how he has improved. He used to go from 0-10 when reacting to something but is now a lot calmer and doesn’t react as much or as quick.”

Bowen Therapy can reduce stress, sleeplessness and digestive problems for children with autism. It can also reduce all sorts of pain in both children and adults.