The Bowen Technique was pioneered by an extraordinary man called Tom Bowen (1916-1982) in the 1950s and 60s in Geelong, Australia. Tom was an inspired natural healer and he was able to ascertain people’s physical problems simply by watching how they moved around, walked and sat. His main aim in life was to help the poor and less well off in his local community and often treated people for free. He was extremely hard working and was known to treat 13,000 people a year!

A man of few words, Tom did not share his technique with many, but he did work closely with his secretary Irene Horwood and other manual therapists including Oswald Rentsch, an osteopath, and his wife, Elaine. It was Oswald Rentsch to whom Tom entrusted to document his work and indeed the Bowen Technique that is used today is based on Oswald Rentsch’s interpretations and notes taken while working for many years with Tom.

In 1986, four years after Tom’s death, the Rentschs began teaching the technique and in 1987 they founded the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia.

The Bowen Technique is now a globally recognised healing modality and over 20,000 therapists worldwide have taken Bowen training.

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