Bowen Therapy History
Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) developed this technique in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. After serving in World War II, he became interested in ways to alleviate human suffering and began to notice that certain moves on the body had particular effects. The Bowen Technique is unique in that it was developed without its originator having any previous training in any modality or discipline. In fact, he frequently stated that his work was ‘simply a gift from God’. Over a period of several years he developed the system as it is used today. Bowen was extremely busy in his clinic, as was verified by the 1975 Victorian government inquiry into alternative health care professionals. The study documented Bowen seeing some 13,000 patients per year as assessed over a 27-week period. Considering sessions were seven days apart and most people needed only two or three sessions, that was an amazing number of clients per year.
In 1974, while attending a National Health Conference in Adelaide, Australia, Tom Bowen was introduced to Osteopath and Natural Therapist, Oswald Rentsch. Although Rentsch knew nothing of Bowen’s work, he spontaneously asked if he could train with Bowen. Bowen subsequently invited Rentsch to Geelong to study with him. During the next two and a half years, Rentsch and his wife, Elaine, studied Bowen’s technique, ultimately being authorized by Bowen to document his work. Bowen had no notes, charts or manuals that they could copy, but with the help of Bowen’s receptionist, Rene Horwood, they produced a true representation of Bowen’s original technique. They then began utilizing Bowen’s methods in their clinic in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia. At Bowen’s request, it was not to be until after his death that Ossie and Elaine began teaching his technique.
“When your car engine is misfiring, you take it in for a tune up. If your vision is getting blurry you go in for new glasses. A piano tuner is called when your playing is a bit off key. But what can you do when your body is showing signs of wear and tear and needs resetting? Bowenwork can help the body to restore its natural balance.”
“With Bowen, as with all energetic medicine, Rose says, the practitioner is just facilitating change. The body already has all the information it needs to correct itself. We are simply taking away blockages to facilitate communication between body and mind or making corrections in patterning. Once we make those corrections, the body is free to return to homeostasis, to balance, and an optimally healthy climate.”
“Developed in the 1950’s by the late Thomas Bowen of Geelong, Australia, the technique is now practiced in over thirty countries. Bowenwork is distinctive in its holistic approach to healing; it seeks to restore balance to all the body systems rather than simply addressing the symptoms pan illnes or acute injury. Clients typically experience a very few treatments, often noticing a resolution of problems and conditions that they hadn’t even mentioned to the practitioner.”
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