Thomas Ambrose Bowen-1916-1982, an Australian, developed what we know today as Bowen Therapy.
In the early 1950’s Tom Bowen had a day job at the Geelong Cement Works as a general laborer but on his time off he was treating sport and work injuries. Gradually through word of mouth, his popularity for healing pain traveled and he began to develop a large clientele.
In the late 1950’s Tom Bowen began a full practice. He worked very hard and studied long hours for his abilities. His favourite source of information was osteopathic books.
Believing that any muscular dysfunction within the body played a major role in the whole body to function at an optimum level, and just treating the symptoms very rarely addressed the root causes.
He treated the whole body by developing a safe and gentle system of unique moves which the body seemed to understand and respond too.
It is likely that Tom Bowen had ‘sensitive hands’ and could in some way feel the effects he was having, keeping the moves that were effective, and discarding the others.
What is certain is that he had dramatic effects. A study into complementary therapies in Australia included his practice, and showed that he was having a 90% success rate with one or two sessions!
Bowen can often be performed through light clothing and is gentle enough to be used on everyone from infants to the elderly.
Today Tom’s work has been taught world-wide and is taught at university level in Australia.
He had a favourite saying by which he lived his life:
“I expect to pass through this world but once,
any good thing therefore that I do,
or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall never pass this way again.”