The Bowen technique is an alternative type of physical manipulation named after Australian Thomas Ambrose Bowen (Tom Bowen) (1916–1982).
Bowen had no formal medical training and described his approach as a “gift from God”. Bowen became famous throughout his career for being able to cure the incurable and find solutions where none seemed possible. He referred to himself as an osteopath and tried to join the Australian register of osteopaths but due to his more intuitive methods of working he did not qualify for the title. In 1975, several years before his death, he was investigated by the Australian government for potentially practicing Osteopathy without a license, it was revealed that he was treating thousands of people a year from all walks of life, with amazing results. Concluding that potentially any condition could be treated with Bowen. Rather than closing his business down the investigation only served to make him and his methods more famous.
His fundamental understanding was that he was treating the person not the condition and that each person was unique. It is my belief is that Tom Bowen was a naturally skilled practitioner in the art of intuitive healing.
Rather than just following a series of procedures, what Tom Bowen so successfully practised was a system of bodywork that treats and responds to each individual. Tom Bowen never created lists of how to treat each ailment and as such each Bowen practitioners learns to read and respond to the person and their condition presented. The concept of this integrated system means that any one part of the body is capable of affecting another and therefore needs to be taken into account.
The Bowen Technique differs from many other forms of therapy in that it does not attempt to inflict the will of the therapist or a specific outcome onto the client. Instead it offers the body an opportunity to restore structural integrity and harmony on all levels of each individual.
During his time as a practitioner Tom Bowen unique abilities were further enhanced by his genuine compassion and love for his fellow human being for he not only created this remarkable therapy which could benefit so many it was shown in other ways such as his free clinic which he set up and ran one Saturday a month treating disabled children and adults.