Thomas A. Bowen
Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982), of Geelong Victoria in Australia, is the originator of the technique that today bears his name. Tom Bowen appears to have been a quiet, reserved and even somewhat enigmatic man. It is perhaps as a consequence of these qualities that there is some considerable uncertainty about many of the details in his personal biography. How he spent a good many years of his life, his professional training and work experience prior to the development of the technique, and indeed just how it is that he came to develop the technique, are all details from his life history that have been subject to dispute.
One of the few stories about Tom Bowen’s development of his technique that does not seem to be disputed is the outcome and importance of an inquiry by the Victorian government into alternative health practices in 1975. This inquiry, apparently motivated by largely skeptical concerns, wound up documenting Tom Bowen’s extraordinary successes. Not only were his clients reporting remarkable outcomes, but also it was discovered that he was treating 13,000 patients per year, as assessed over a 27 week period. Furthermore, he was achieving these results with treatments that usually involved only two or three sessions per client. In the end, an inquiry that initially appeared as a threat to his practice became in the end a major promotion of his therapy and its remarkable results.
Impressed by the capability of Bowenwork® and the diversity of problems addressed by it, practitioners around the world are using this amazing healing modality to great effect. As a result, Bowenwork has been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of people.
Over the years Tom Bowen only agreed to take on a half dozen students. Among those initial students was the Osteopath and Natural Therapist, Oswald Rentsch. Since Tom Bowen’s death it has been the Rentsch's who have pioneered the expansion of the Bowenwork around the world.
The first seminar they held was in Perth, Australia in 1986, and by 1990, the Rentsch’s were teaching full time. Since then, they have introduced Bowenwork throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America and the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Austria, France, Italy, Israel and South Africa. Practitioners across the world are now using this innovative technique. The technique has been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of people who are consistently impressed by the capability of Bowenwork and the diversity of problems addressed by it.