History of Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy was developed by Tom Bowen, from Geelong, Victoria, Australia (1916-1982).  He studied numerous healing methods and traditions, and  discovered that he had an intuitive talent for healing people with occupational and sports related injuries, and many other afflictions as well.

Mr. Bowen gradually built up a full time practice as a manipulative therapist, practicing his unique form of therapy, which we now know as Bowen Therapy.  It was based on his approach of "resetting" the tension in dysfunctional muscle groups, with time delays between sets of moves to allow the body to absorb the signals it was receiving.  He achieved amazing results, drawing the attention of the Australian government, which, in a 1974 survey of alternative health practitioners, found that he had one of the largest clientele bases in the country, seeing about 13000 people a year!  More amazingly, 80% of his clients only ever needed 2 treatments to respond.

Mr. Bowen had a  small group of apprentices who worked with him and learned from him.  After his death, a few of them continued his work, and one of them, Oswald Rentsch, with his wife Elaine began to teach it, first in Australia, and then all around the world.