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History of Bowen!

Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) of Geelong, Australia developed his own ‘technique’ and had a thriving practice until he died.  Having no formal training or qualifications in any therapeutic background, Tom Bowen’s approach is now known throughout the world. 

His parents were originally from Wolverhampton and emigrated to Australia before Tom was born.  They were a working class family and he left school at 14 and had a number of labouring jobs before he finished up at Geelong cement works.  The story goes that he would help people at work with small and simple moves wherever they had aches and pains and eventually needed to give up his day job in order to start treating full time.


In 1974, the government of the state of Victoria commissioned a report into alternative therapies in the state and Tom Bowen voluntarily gave evidence.  The report published by commissioner Webb showed that Tom Bowen claimed he was doing an estimated 13,000 treatments a year, with 88% of these being first or second treatments.  The only study that he had undertaken was from books that he found useful and all he had learned was self-taught.


The Bowen Technique has also been developed for animals and there are a number of successful canine and equine therapists practising in the UK.

If there is anything else you would like to know, please contact me as I’m always happy to answer any questions regarding Bowen and the treatments that I provide.

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