Tag Archives: Bowen Technique

Bowen Method

Bowen Method

Bowen Method - image of a Bowen treatment

The Bowen Method was developed by Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong Victoria in Australia. Bowen had a gift for healing but lacked professional training (details of his life history, professional training and work experience are in dispute) and there was an attempt by the Victorian Government to discredit him and his new technique. This prompted him to continue with vigour and it is estimated that in 1975, Bowen was treating 13,000 patients per year.
After launching an enquiry into alternative health practices, the Victorian government must have been a tad red-faced when it was discovered that not only were his clients reporting remarkable progress, Bowen was achieving these results with treatments that usually involved only two or three sessions per client. The Victorian Government’s attempt to discredit the technique turned out to be its biggest promoter.

Initially, Tom Bowen agreed to train only a half dozen students. Among those initial students were the Osteopath and Natural Therapist, Oswald Rentsch and his wife Elaine and since Bowen’s death, the Rentsch’s have led the expansion of The Bowen Method globally. They have spread Bowen throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Austria, France, Italy, Israel and South Africa.

Bowen Method is a non-invasive, gentle, complementary therapy that triggers and empowers the healing and repair mechanism of the body. It uses light, precise rolling “moves” on muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves that are at specific sites on the body. The purpose of these “moves” is to deliver signals to the nervous system that stimulate a healing response encouraging the body to return to its natural state of alignment, balance and wellbeing. In essence, Bowen Technique assists the body to heal itself, accessing the natural healing power of the body, the ability to heal ourselves.

Back and neck pain, sciatica, frozen shoulder, headaches and migraines are among the ailments that Bowen may provide relief for. Additional benefits of Bowen Therapy include improved circulation, lymphatic drainage, improved immune system function and improved elimination and detoxification.

A Bowen session usually lasts up to an hour during which the therapist will be able to perform the specified “moves” through loose light clothing. With no oils used with the Bowen Technique, the receiver has no need to strip. The therapist will gently use his fingers and thumb to roll muscles, fascia and tissue to stimulate blood flow and increase energy. Between “moves” the therapist will usually take a short pause (possibly leaving the therapy room) allowing the receiver’s body the opportunity to readjust.


Therapist info

Bowen Method - the Bowen logo


If you wish your website to be included on this page please see our Resources Page for details.



Bath Bowen Clinic

One Space

Bowen Technique Solihull



Further information on the Bowen Technique including case studies, etc.

If you wish to add further resource information about Bowen Technique please contact us with the details.

Please note that Holistic-Pages.com makes no guarantee regarding the validity, efficacy, or safety of any therapy and we advise that medical advice should be sought from a qualified medical practitioner regarding any illness.
Holistic-Pages.com is not responsible for the credentials, qualifications and insurance status of any of the therapists who have links from this site and we advise that these should be checked before any treatment is undertaken.



The Bowen Technique

Bowen Technique

A relatively new therapy to Britain called the Bowen Technique is becoming ever more popular with patients who attend holistic and complementary health centres.  The Bowen Technique was developed in Geelong, near Melbourne in Australia, by Mr Tom Bowen and it is now taught world-wide by Ossie and Elaine Rentsch.

The therapy is gentle and non-invasive.  A series of light manipulative rolling moves at very precise points, placed on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and neuro transmitters, have an effect that stimulates the autonomic nervous system to help the body reset and heal itself.  The technique is very relaxing and the ‘Bowen Moves’ release tension in the musculature, in turn creating an integrated body response by improving circulation, lymphatic drainage, venous drainage, assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins.  Many health and structural problems can be resolved or greatly improved within 3-4 treatments although chronic disorders may take longer.

The technique was first developed after the Second World War by Mr Tom Bowen.  Through the years he refined his technique and was having great success with many different conditions, requiring only a few treatments to achieve good results.  During 1974 the Australian Government commissioned a census of all complementary medicine practitioners and over a six-month period it concluded that Mr Bowen treated over 13,000 people per year. During this time, Osteopath and Naturopath, Ossie Rentsch, trained with Mr Bowen, documenting and charting his work.  Tom Bowen had stipulated that Ossie and Elaine Rentsch could teach the technique only after his lifetime.  There are now 56 instructors and around 10,000 practitioners world-wide and at present there are a number of research programmes being carried out for a variety of different conditions.

The Bowen Association UK, who operate under the trade name ‘Bowtech’, run courses throughout Britain, Ireland and Europe, and many mainstream healthcare professionals are training or are already qualified in the technique.