How was Bowenwork created?
The Bowenwork Technique first started in Australia and was developed by
the late Mr. Tom Bowen. Thomas Ambrose Bowen was born on 18 April
1916 in Brunswick, Victoria, Australia. From the 1950s until his death on
27 October, 1982, he developed his unique soft-tissue therapeutic
technique that is now known as Bowenwork.
Tom Bowen was not formally trained in any medical or alternative therapy
discipline, although, he considered himself an osteopath. He stated
simply that his work was a gift from God. It was through his love of sports
that he became interested in massage and other manual techniques. After
developing an understanding of soft-tissue techniques, he explained that
stimulating the body in a specific way, activates the intelligence of the body,
and the process of unraveling neuromuscular problems begins. He used
this knowledge to develop his technique and in-time, set up a clinic in
Mr. Bowen was documented at seeing an average of 14 people an hour
and over 13,000 people a year. Tom Bowen was gifted in that he could
help his clients with very little interaction. He wasn’t like most therapists
who utilize many tools to assess their clients, instead he would observe
his client’s body language and how they walked/moved. He would use his
extremely sensitive hands to detect changes in tissue as he worked on his
clients. He was known for doing a minimal number of moves, as he
recognized that the body was very receptive and didn’t need a lot of
manipulation to effect change and unravel neuromuscular compensations.
Depending on the individual, this unraveling process could take anywhere
from 5 minutes to 7 days. He would always wait a week in between visits
to give the body time. According to his own accounts, he concluded he had
an 88% success rate in treating his clients.
Mr. Bowen was a kind man in that he was always willing to help someone.
He opened his clinic up a couple times a month to offer free care to those
who were disabled and was known in his community for helping athletes
at sporting events and many other people in need.
What Tom Bowen attributes to his divine inspiration, is now becoming one
of the most powerful healing modalities in the world. Not long after Tom
Bowen passed away in 1982, the Bowen Academy of Australia was
founded by Ossie and Elaine Rentsch in 1987. They were fortunate to have
studied with Tom Bowen and were responsible for creating a format in
which to teach it. Bowenwork has spread rapidly since then and is now
being taught and practiced in over 25 countries.