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Bowen Technique

Practitioner Jim Jamieson

60,00 euros per session at Grue Demoiselle

First appointment is usually one and a half hour with subsequent appointments being one hour long.

What is the Bowen Technique?

Bowen Technique (also known as Bowtech - the Original Bowen Technique and Bowenwork) is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that was developed by the late Tom Bowen in Geelong/Melbourne, Australia. Sometimes called the “homeopathy of bodywork,” it utilizes subtle inputs to the body (known as “moves”), stimulating the body to heal itself, often profoundly.

Bowen Technique offers tremendous benefit to clients. It can provide relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic, and it does so holistically, via the body’s innate healing mechanisms. The practitioner’s moves deliver signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves), and the body responds in its own time, within its vital capacity. While there are a few, very specific situations in which a particular 'procedure' is contraindicated, Bowen Technique is appropriate for people of all ages, in all degrees of health.

A typical Bowen Technique session generally lasts from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Clients usually lie on a massage/bodywork table or bed, or may be seated in a chair if required, for comfort. A 'session' involves one or more 'procedures', each of which consists of several sets of 'moves’. The moves are gentle, but purposeful, and can be done through light clothing. Between each set of moves, the practitioner pauses for as many minutes as are needed for the client's body to begin responding. As the nervous system begins to adjust the tension level in the muscles, the practitioner senses when the client is ready for the next set of moves. A common approach in a session is to balance the entire body by addressing the lower back, then the upper back, and then the neck. To minimize the need for disturbing the client's rest, all procedures that address the back of the client are completed before turning over for procedures that are done with the client lying on his/her back.

In contrast to other hands-on modalities, where the practitioner imposes correction on the client through manipulation, Bowen Technique facilitates the body in healing itself, with minimal intervention. Because of the subtle nature of Bowen Technique, and the body's continuing response to it over several days thereafter, other forms of manipulative therapy are discouraged for up to five days after a session, as they may interfere with the efficacy of the work.


We recommend you have your Bowen treatment while here at Grue Demoiselle where you can escape from it all and enjoy the benefits of our special treatment room, relax in the warm atmosphere with candles and soft music.

Siret number:523 875 870 00017. Insured by AXA

If you would like an appointment
please telephone or email to discuss your needs and /or book an appointment.
06 02 30 53 71


I met Jim by chance , a case of ‘right place, right time ‘ .

I have had back problems for a long time which over the years increased in intensity culminating to being agonising , debilitating and making it nearly impossible to deal with . Since moving to France in 2017 the pain had increased the result was I had to get a letter from my GP here who recommended physio therapy . I located a physio locally , had 12 sessions and then a further 12 . It was really not much better . I found a further physio and got a letter from my GP and the day I met Jim I had gone to book the first appointment with the second physio . Afterwards I was talking to a couple I know , they asked how my back was , Jim overheard the conversation and ended up speaking to us , he gave me his card explained a bit about ‘Bowen’s technique ‘ . He told me to think about it , go home research it and if I wanted to see him for an appointment to call him . I went home did as he asked , phoned him and he saw me the same afternoon .

The rest as they say is history

Jim explained how the Bowen treatment worked he made me feel at ease with him , he’s professional and explains what he is going to do and asks your permission to do movements .He identified a lot of the problems , which were causing the back pain due to several injuries over the years .

In a nutshell ... you have to give yourself up to the Bowen’s movement that are performed , just go with it . I did and I am so much better, I’m able to get around better, not be in so much pain , inside my case the treatment worked and I have never looked back .

I am so , so grateful for meeting Jim that day . I can ring him or message him any time, he has become a friend and acquaintance who I can rely on for treatment and support .

Jane - France 2019

1st treatment:
thought you might like to know how i am today after your treatment yesterday, well the pain in my neck was there this morning but had moved down a bit into my shoulder, but still a bit on my neck, but it was not there all day yesterday,
My back pain has completely gone, along with  a pain around my middle like a circle grip about where the lower part of the lungs are it was across my back and round the front, well that has gone and my breathing is better, i felt really relaxed when i came home yesterday and have taken the bach remedy again today.
2nd treatment:
just another update, when i first went to the massage / kine he told me with my injury the pain would move down from my neck into my shoulder and then on down my arm,this was a few months ago and nothing has ever changed    
Well this morning my neck is no longer painful but the pain has moved to my shoulder joint, the actual ball and joint part, same level of pain .. interesting ..
3rd treatment:
 just to let you know i am pain free at the moment, and feeling good.
Gloria (suffered a severe car crash trauma in Sept 17) France - Jan 2018

I had heard about the Bowen technique from a friend and, having suffered back pain and 'graunchy' neck for several weeks, I decided to try it and went along to Grue Demoiselle and met a smiling Jim Jamieson, the therapist.  It is, without doubt, the best therapy I have ever had, having tried various alternative therapies in the past which didn't work!  It is very relaxing, carried out in a wonderful warm room with scented candles and soothing music.  The therapy itself is gentle but precise and I had the feeling that it was doing its job.  Immediately afterwards my neck was moving freely and the following day my back pain was significantly reduced.  After the second treatment the following week the pain had gone.  My husband who was suffering with his knees and hip for some while was impressed with my experience and, although sceptical, went along for treatment too.  After the first session his pain was greatly reduced but after the second session his pain was non-existent in both his knees and hip and four weeks later is still pain free!  We both found Jim to be very kind, friendly, reassuring and a totally professional Bowen practitioner.
P & P Colley - Nov 2015

Jim I am still so grateful for your treatment recently in La Rochelle as I had terrible pain in my right side and was worried. And 4 days after your Bowen in true classic Bowen style, it had gone and has stayed gone. The relief of good health and pain release is worth its weight in gold, thanks mate!!
J. Figov, Bowen practitioner and Senior Instructor - Sept 2015

J'ai 74 ans. Après ma séance bimensuelle de BOWEN at Grue Demoiselle, je me sens léger, rafraîchi, rajeuni... Merci et bravo Jim !
Paul, Rancon, Haute-Vienne, France.

I have had an ongoing problem with my hip area for almost 2 years, brought about I believe by over-exercising, which left me with very restricted legs to chest movement. Despite his best intentions, my doctor could not really get to the root of the problem and so his suggested treatments did not help.
At this time I didn't know anything about Bowen Therapy but a chat with Jim at Grue Demoiselle left me feeling hopeful that it could be beneficial for me. After the very first session I saw a huge improvement and it brought it home to me how restricted I had actually been! Now after 5 sessions the problem has almost completely gone, having improved a little more each session. I can't express how much difference it has made!
In addition Jim also focused on a couple of other areas - firstly he helped to rid me of a lingering cough after I'd had the flu virus. Then he helped re-balance my jaw after recently developing a clicking jaw.
Bowen Therapy is an all over body healing therapy that really does work. What's more it is a relaxing and calming experience! As a health coach I would always rather have a more holistic treatment over conventional treatment where possible and so I am very grateful to have discovered Jim and Bowen Therapy. I have no hesitation in recommending Bowen Therapy to anyone (it is suitable for endless conditions), and if anyone would like to talk to me about my experience I'll be very happy to have a chat.
Thank you very much Jim!
Lorraine Wallace - June 2016

When I first met Jim , he picked up I had a back problem. He suggested that Bowen Therapy could help me. I knew nothing about it but was encouraged by my family to attend an appointment with Jim that week. I have had previous treatments over many years from Chiropractors, physiotherapists , osteopaths and kinesitherapist, but Bowen Therapy has been the most successful. Initially I need to attend weekly for a few weeks, the 2 weekly then monthly over a 6 month period. Now I need only to go about twice a year for a "top up".
Jim has enabled me to enjoy life with little pain. I would recommend Jim to everyone ( and have) with good results also.
Una - Bellac, Haute-Vienne, France - Oct 2015

I've suffered with Insomnia and sciatica for over 7 years and every day it effects me.
I over the years have tried everything to rid me of my discomfort and nothing really worked. After one session of Bowen with Jim , I had my 1st full night sleep and was sciatica free for almost a week,.
You have to work with your treatment by being aware of your posture and I was guilty of letting this slip and that's why I had a few more sessions and had to learn how to maintain my posture and together It has almost gone completely ,I only get little twinges when I long distance travel.
Thank you Jim , I highly recommend a treatment for whatever your needs are " Jim can fix it"

Jackie Freeman - France/UK

From the moment I walked into that welcoming treatment room nearly three weeks ago I knew I was in good hands. After suffering pain and stiffness in my muscles and joints for most of 2011 I was thrilled to feel almost immediate benefits from my first Bowen therapy session. A second visit gave me even more relief and, instead of postponing my forthcoming trip to New Zealand, I am now looking forward to it with great excitement! So a big thank you to Jim - I will be back for a maintenance visit on my return to France next spring and, hopefully, to sample some of the other therapies available at Grue Demoiselle.

Gail Davies - France

Dear Jim and Catherine.
I would like to thank you both for your wonderful warmth and hospitality during my visits for the bowen treatment. Due to Jims dulcet tones and magical fingers, at 64 I no longer feel like a very slow and immobile arthritic invalid, I have my spring back in my step and my youth returned.

Sue Gibbons - France

Dear Jim,

Well the Bowen has certainly sorted my neck out, I have more movement and it is pain free, so brilliant. Jim, you will be cross with me though cause we were shovelling stones on Friday, sorry had to take advantage of the dry weather to get the chalet finished. But it certainly did the trick for me, the treatment you gave me so looking forward to the next one now.

Tracey Jones - France

" After many years of intermittent back pain and very costly (and even more painful) trips to a Chiropractor in the UK, I moved to France and hoped it would improve. Stupid of me! My early retirement involved more hard work and the pain returned, as did intense muscle stiffness which was not connected to the back trouble or exercise as it got worse when I rested for a few weeks!

I was worried but didn't want to see my GP and be thought of as a 'Whinging Brit!'

I asked around a few friends and found Jim, and a technique I'd never heard of called Bowen Therapy. Thankfully Jim was able to see me without
too much delay and I can't recommend this treatment highly enough. I was transformed from a limping, moaning, aching, generally exhausted
person to someone who could once again weed the garden and drive the tractor! Was this a good idea? Absolutely!

That was after one treatment which, in itself, I found fascinating (having worked in the NHS for 25 years). Pain-free and relaxing, nothing like the
Chiropractor put me through and best of all - a little bit of ' me time ' in a busy life.

I still need a couple of follow up treatments but I can't wait.

Thank you Jim (and Catherine - and of course the gorgeous Moriarty)

Chris Beet - France

Tel:  06 02 30 53 71
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