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Lindsay Holder Bowen Treatment


Lindsay Holder is an established Bowen Practitioner. She divides her time between the clinic in Malvern and visiting clients in the relaxed surroundings of their own home. Please tell Lindsay a little bit about yourself so that she can be prepared and offer you the best advice regarding treatment. If you would like to talk directly to Lindsay her telephone number is 07703 010 044. If your call is answered by an answer phone greeting, please leave your details as messages are checked regularly and will be returned as soon as possible.

Equine Bowen

The Bowen Technique is a gentle, non-intrusive hands on therapy which stimulates the body’s inner ability to heal itself to be activated. This reorganisation of the musculature of the body can bring increased energy levels and pain relief.

As a soft tissue therapy, it ‘disturbs’ the fascia or connective tissue, there is no pulling or cracking of joints and no insertion of needles. The therapist uses fingers or thumbs in a rolling action over specific muscles, tendons and ligaments, incorporating resting periods to allow the body to absorb the information and respond accordingly.

The treatment is essentially holistic, treating the whole body and is generally a pleasant and relaxing experience. A treatment will take approximately 45 minutes. Two or three treatments, usually at weekly intervals, may be required to achieve lasting relief.


Does your horse suffer from:

Aches & pains

Cold backed

Stiffness on one rein

to name but a few…Any horse has the potential to benefit from Bowen

Remember prevention is better than cure!



The Bowen technique is a soft tissue remedial therapy, named after its innovator Tom Bowen. The technique involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligament tendon and fascia in various parts of the body. The work that a therapist performs is very subtle, relaxing and gentle involving no hard or prolonged pressure. During a session the client will lie on a therapy table or bed, although the work can be effectively carried out with the client in a chair.


Each session will vary according to the problems of the client. As a general rule, moves will be made over the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back and shoulders along with neck moves with the client supine (face up). The feature of the work is that between sets of moves the therapist will leave the room and allow the client to rest. This is a key element of Bowen and is a defining aspect of the technique as well as being one of the most important. The break allows the body the opportunity to create a decision about what action needs to be taken in response to the moves given. With a Bowen move the response mechanism is thrown into a degree of confusion as to what the appropriate response should be.

The moves aren’t painful and so therefore defence isn’t called for. The breaks give the nervous system a chance to establish the correct actions. In the process other information can be gathered by the body and it is common for areas not being directly treated to respond to the treatment – the treatment is holistic, benefiting the whole body. Reactions to treatment are not uncommon and include tiredness, increase in original symptoms, stiffness, headaches, flu like symptoms, increased dream activity.


Advice given to each client will emphasise the importance of movement, the drinking of water and the return for treatments. Most people will have responses within three to four sessions, when even long standing chronic pain can be relieved. Other conditions might need to be treated more often, but in either case it is recommended that clients return for regular treatments every six to eight weeks to maintain optimum health.