History of Bowen Therapy

         Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong, Australia developed his own technique in the 1950's having a thriving practice until he died. It was introduced to the United Kingdom in 1992.
         Tom Bowen's parents emigrated to Brunswick, Victoria, Australia, from Wolverhampton in the early 1900's. He left school at 14 years of age to work as a labourer eventually becoming a general hand at the local cement works. It was while he was there that he started to treat people after work, and later in a rented house in Geelong. He had a very relaxed practice, clients coming in taking a number and waiting their turn. He could treat fourteen clients an hour, mainly because there was little chat (he was very deaf) and because he could 'see' their problems at a glance. He developed his technique over the years. He said that the only study he had undertaken was from books he found useful and that all he learned was self taught. As well as being able to 'see' what was wrong with the client and where the problem stemmed from he could also tell if the client had treatment from someone else and would then refuse to continue treatment. Commonly clients would walk out in the same pain as they had arrived with, but he understood that he had started the process of healing that the body would then take over.

            Over Tom Bowen's years of practice he had people come in to observe and learn, six of these known as 'Tom's boys' went on to share and pass on this knowledge. Most notably Oswald Rentsch went on to teach and spread 'The Bowen Technique' world wide.


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