Background of Bowen
The Bowen Technique or Bowen Therapy as it is also known, is a gentle non - intrusive hands on treatment. Using a rolling type movement on very specific parts of the body, it aims to re-align and reset the body to its best and
This move over particular muscles is thought to trigger a
reaction in the brain and nervous system, encouraging
the body to reset itself of its own accord.
Bowen therapy treats the whole body rather than any
particular symptom, regarding the body as one entity
rather than separate muscular structures, if one part of
the body is out of line, the likelihood is that it is
affecting other areas as well.
However, Bowen is not used solely for muscular issues,
it also addresses the lymphatic and nervous system as well
as circulatory problems and stress. It can enhance
performance, be used with acute injuries, or be used just to maintain a
This technique is very gentle and uses no forced
manipulations or adjustments, which makes it suitable for almost anyone including
babies, small children, pregnant women and the elderly.
Tom Bowen 1916-1982, as pictured on the right, was born in Brunswick, Victoria and was the third child and only son of William and Norah Bowen, who moved to Australia from Wolverhampton in the U.K.
He built up a very busy practice using his own style of osteopathy work, which we now call "Bowen therapy". His practice was so busy that in the Webb Report of 1975 (a government report into natural health practices) it was found that he was treating some 13,000 patients per year. This number of patients were treated during just four and a half days with something like an 80% success rate.
I expect to pass through this world but once,
Any good thing therefore that I do,
Or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature,
Let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
For I shall not pass this way again.
Tom Bowen's philosophy in life.