History of Bowen - Gentle and Effective

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The History of the Bowen technique

Bowen Therapy was born in the 1950's, founded by an Australian man named Tom Bowen in Geelong, Victoria. After working in various miscellaneous labouring jobs as a young man, he develped an interst in massage and body work and observed football trainers and others involved with sports. By the time Tom Bowen was in his 40's he had established a full-time practice in remedial therapy using the technique he had developed - The Bowen Technique.

Tom Bown ran an extremely busy clinic. In 1973 he was interviewed by the Osteopathic, Chiropractic and Naturopathic Committee where he stated under oath that he treated approximately 280 patients per week. He also claimed that he could sense minute vibrations in the soft tissues of the body and that the tension in the muscles helped him find the precise places to mobilize.

By 1977, Tom Bowen was seeing 13,000 patients a year.

Tom Bowen later allowed only a few therapists to come and learn from him. In 1974 he met Oswald Rentsch, a natural therapist practicing massage and osteopathy. Oswald became Tom Bowen's apprentice and scribe, documenting his treatments.

It was not until Bowen's death that the Rentsches started teaching BOWTECH, the original Bowen Technique. By 1990 they were teaching full time, and introduced the Bowen technique throughout Australia and New Zealand, then North America and the United Kingdom. Their goal has been and still is, to pass on the original techniques used by Tom Bowen at his clinic.

For more information on The Bowen Technique see the worlds biggest Bowen site - that of the Original Bowtech at www.bowtech.com.

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