Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) began developing his technique in the 1950s in Geelong, Australia. He became interested in ways to alleviate human suffering and began to notice that certain moves on the body had particular effects. Tom Bowen developed his technique without having previous formal training in any modality or discipline. In fact, he frequently stated that his work was ‘a gift from God’.
He continued to develop and refine the technique throughout his lifetime with the help of his friend and secretary, Rene Horwood.
Mr. Bowen was extremely busy in his Geelong clinic, performing about 13,000 treatments a year. This was verified by 1975 Victorian government inquiry into alternative health care professionals. Considering treatments were seven days apart and most people needed only one to three treatments, an amazing number of clients passed through the clinic and benefited from his gift. Mr. Bowen also held free clinics for children, people with disabilities, and community service workers.
Bowen left behind a complex legacy and wealth of information in the form of at least six men who can lay some claim to being “disciples” of his work. Each was able to observe Bowen at different times in his working life and each developed a personal interpretation of the approach and methods Bowen used. Each of these men has previous training in either being a chiropractor, osteopath or massage therapist.
Through natural progression of science and technology, these men and their followers have taken Bowen to a higher level of understanding our bodies.
I am very proud to be a Bowen Practitioner because of these fine men and women who have put Bowen on the map as a therapeutic modality that has helped so many people.