History of Bowen Therapy

History of Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy was developed by Tom Bowen (1916-1982). The actual origins of his concepts are unknown or at least unclear though there do appear to be links with traditional Chinese medicine. What is clear is that while working as a masseur in junior football clubs in Geelong, he recognized an apparent common causal relationship in many seemingly unrelated painful conditions, particularly musculoskeletal but including neurological and other health problems. He identified this causal link or relationship as being the soft tissue or fascia that envelops the whole body from head to toe.

In 1975 the government instituted Webb Committee of Inquiry into Chiropractic, Osteopathy and Naturopathy in Australia reviewed Tom Bowen’s work. They found he was seeing some 13,000 people a year and achieving a success rate in his practice of over 80% of presenting conditions. From its Australian origins his innovative and unique technique has now been adopted worldwide with devotees and practitioners in countries including New Zealand, USA, Canada, United Kingdom and European Union members.