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Tom Bowen – The Founder of Bowen Therapy

 In the 1950's while working as a masseur in junior football clubs in Geelong, he discovered the relationship between painful conditions in the body, soft tissue and fascia. Through impeccable observation, much clinical work, reading and the study of other modalities, he developed a unique set of moves associated with different sequences and timing intervals. These moves provided fascial release which stimulated a variety of anatomical or physiological responses often resulting in long term and immediate resolution of long standing problems and pain conditions. (Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia, 2014) 

He began his practice treating workmates and others that had heard of his reputation in the front room of a friend's home in the evenings after work. Word of his healing hands spread throughout the region and soon he could not accommodate the number of people wanting his treatment in this part-time manner so he opened a full time practice. (Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia, 2014) 
 

Evolution of Treatment

 Tom Bowen was highly selective of those who wanted to watch him work and learn his technique. Only six people worked with him over his years of practice. One of these was Ossie Rentsch from Hamilton Victoria. After many months of following Tom and watching him treat his many patients, Ossie began to understand the technique. Under Tom's close supervision and his assistance, Ossie documented the work (a painstaking exercise as there were no charts or explanations available), and this is an original record of Tom's work. (Bowen Association Australia, 2014, “History of Bowen Technique” – Thomas Bowen (1916 – 1982) The Initiator of the Bowen Technique, http://www.bowen.org.au )

What eventuated was a carefully documented and authenticated record of this amazing technique. The technique could be now taught and became what we know today as Bowtech®, the Bowen Technique. (Bowen Association Australia, 2014)

In 1975 the government instituted Webb Committee of Inquiry into Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Naturopathy in Australia reviewed Tom Bowen’s work. They found he was seeing some 13,000 people a year and achieving a success rate in his practice of over 80% of presenting conditions. From its Australian origins his innovative and unique technique has now been adopted worldwide with devotees and practitioners in countries including New Zealand, USA, Canada, United Kingdom and European Union members. (Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia, 2014)

After Tom Bowen died in 1982, Ossie and his wife Elaine formed the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia and began to teach the technique. They had promised Tom that they would make his work known throughout the world and they have more than kept their promise. Today over 26,000 people have completed basic Bowtech®, the Bowen Technique course, in thirty countries and in six languages. Worldwide, there are now 90 instructors teaching Bowtech®. (Bowen Association Australia, 2014) 
 

1. Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia, 2014, “Brief History”, http://www.bowen.asn.au


2. Bowen Association Australia, 2014, “History of Bowen Technique” – Thomas Bowen (1916 – 1982) The Initiator of the Bowen Technique, http://www.bowen.org.au