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.