What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowtech, the original Bowen Technique, is a gentle form of remedial muscle therapy that is gentle and relaxing. It is referred to as the ‘homeopathy of bodywork’. By working on muscles, the fascia and connective tissues; the body is able to achieve balance and harmony thus resulting in lasting relief from pain and discomfort. Bowen Therapy embodies a truly holistic approach to health care.

Where did it come from?

The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950’s by the last Tom Bowen from Geelong, Australia.

Bowen became a celebrated therapist, regularly treating over 13.000 patients each year. In 1974, he invited Oswald Rentsch and his wife Elaine to study with him and document his procedures. Bowen authorized the Rentschs to teach his work. Honouring their promise to Bowen, they began to teach the technique in the 1986.

Since then, over 20,000 therapists worldwide have taken Bowen training. This is where it all started, all Bowen training is based on Bowtech, who introduced and continue to bring the Bowen Technique to the work.

How does it work?

Unlike many other hands-on therapies, the Bowen Technique does not use forceful manipulation. A unique skill of the Bowen practitioners is ‘tissue tension’ sense, meaning that the practitioners are able to discern stress build up in muscles and other soft tissue enabling them to perform specific Bowen moves to assist recovery.

Treating a child with Bowen therapy

There are frequent but very essential pauses throughout a session that allows the body time to respond and begin the healing process. The practitioner can target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.

The technique addresses not only the musculo-skeletal framework, but also the fascia, nerves and internal organs. The body’s integrated response improves circulation and lymphatic drainage and aids in the assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins.

Want more information

Bowtech – Bowtech is the corporate body that oversees the training and management of Bowen Therapy and the Bowen Technique. Good all round resource for information on Bowen Therapy, both in Australia and Worldwide.

Bowen Training Australia – (TOid41134), the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) offering the Certificate IV in Bowen Therapy (10533NAT) and Diploma of Specialised Bowen Therapy (10534NAT) in Australia. 

Bowen Association of Australia – Local Australia wide organisation set up to increase awareness of Bowen Therapy and its practitioners.

Better Health Channel – Bowen Therapy – Health information website with a good overview and quick fact sheet of the what and how of the Therapy.

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