History of The Original Bowen Technique

Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982), of Geelong Victoria in Australia, is the forefather of the Bowen Technique, this is universally acknowledged. Tom Bowen though appears to have been a quiet, reserved and even somewhat enigmatic man. It is perhaps as a consequence of these qualities that there is some considerable uncertainty about many of the details in his personal biography. How he spent a good many years of his life, his professional training and work experience prior to the development of the technique, and indeed just how it is that he came to develop the technique, are all details from his life history that have been subject to dispute.

One of the few stories about Tom Bowen's development of his technique that does not seem to be disputed is the outcome and importance of an inquiry by the Victorian government into alternative health practices in 1975. This inquiry, apparently motivated by largely skeptical concerns, wound up documenting Tom Bowen's extraordinary successes. Not only were his clients reporting remarkable outcomes, but also it was discovered that he was treating 13,000 patients per year, as assessed over a 27 week period. Furthermore, he was achieving these results with treatments that usually involved only two or three sessions per client. In the end, an inquiry that initially appeared as a threat to his practice became in the end a major promotion of his therapy and its remarkable results.

Over the years Tom Bowen only agreed to take on a half dozen students. Among those initial students was the Osteopath and Natural Therapist, Oswald Rentsch and his wife Elaine. Since Tom Bowen's death it has been the Rentsch's who have pioneered the expansion of the Bowen Technique around the world.

The first seminar they held was in Perth, Australia in 1986, and by 1990, the Rentsch's were teaching full time. Since then, they have introduced the Bowen Technique throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America and the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Austria, France, Italy, Israel and South Africa. Practitioners across the world are now using this amazing healing modality.

Because this technique is so effective, it has been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of people. Healing professionals are impressed by the capability of Bowen therapy and the diversity of problems addressed by it. It was so successful that in 1992 the Rentsches implemented a Teacher Training Programme. There are currently 60 teachers offering seminars around the globe.

Here in Canada the Bowen Canada Registry of The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia serves as the professional registry for Canadian Bowen practitioners. The registry ensures the quality of training and maintains strong lines of communication between practitioners to help uphold a rigorous ethos of professional responsibility. In doing so the Bowen Canada Registry serves both Bowen practitioners and the public.