History of Bowen

The Bowen Technique is named after an Australian, Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982). Tom had a natural gift for bodywork using a style he referred to as “soft tissue therapy”. He was initially a factory worker in Geelong but his interest and ability led him to treat members of his community, at first around his regular employment.

By the early 1940’s his reputation for success meant that he began to practise full-time. In 1978, a survey by the Australian government on natural therapies, quoted him as treating up to 13,000 clients per year, around 250 people per week! He did not believe in long-term treatment and the majority of his patients only required 2 or 3 treatments each.

Towards the end of his life several men observed and documented Tom's work and Bowen was introduced as ‘The Bowen Technique’ into the UK in the early 1990’s. It is now practised in over 30 countries and still remains close to the simple, yet measured, work that he practised.
It is also used very successfully in the equine and canine fields.

Over the years a wealth of testimonial and empirical evidence has become available to support its success.