In the aftermath of World War 2 an Australian industrial chemist, Mr. Thomas Bowen, developed a keen interest in pursuing ways of alleviating human suffering. Armed with no training in any method of health care, Mr. Bowen began delving into the world of touch. He found that when he made certain moves on a body, a flow of energy was stimulated, empowering the body to heal itself. This discovery, which he humbly explained as a gift from God, led him to develop the technique as it is today.
In the early 1970’s, Mr. Bowen invited Oswald (Ossie) Rentsch to document his technique. Ossie and his wife Elaine began teaching the technique at Mr. Bowen’s request since his death in 1982 and have since undertaken teaching the technique worldwide. There are now over 8,000 people who have been trained in the technique.
The Bowen Technique is a system of muscle and connective tissue therapy, which is not easily described in relation to other modalities. A treatment comprises of several sets of light and non-invasive moves, with frequent pauses between the sets. These moves stimulate energy flows, empowering the body’s own resource to heal itself. The key to the technique’s success is its holistic action, the integrated bodywork means that areas often respond which have not been directly treated.
The Bowen Technique is used on people of all ages from babies to the elderly. Bowen therapy stimulates circulation, increases joint mobility and improves posture. The technique has also had excellent results reported for sporting injuries, backaches, bronchial and urinary conditions. It is also useful in acute conditions due to its lightness of touch.
After discussing your problem, the therapist will carry out a series of gentle movements and then leave you alone for several minutes to allow your body to ‘process’ them. The next sequence of moves is then administered. Relief may be felt immediately after the session, but several treatments are often needed, particularly if the condition is long standing.
Check that your therapist has completed an introductory and practitioner seminar and has obtained a diploma of proficiency. Prior to the practitioner course, the therapist should have adequate knowledge of anatomy, physiology or be a qualified member of a reputable association.