Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) began developing his bowen therapy 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. Mr Bowen developed his technique without having previous formal training in any modaility or discipline.
Mr Bowen was extremely busy in his Geelong clinic, performing about 13,000 treatments a year. This was verified by the 1975 Victorian government inquiry into alternative health care professionals. This inquiry also revealed he had an 80% success rate in symptoms that were associated with a wide range of conditions.
In 1975, while attending a national health conference in Adelaide, Australia, Oswald Rentsch met Mr Bowen for the first time. Ossie asked if he could learn from him. Mr Bowen shook Ossie’s hand and said, “Good! Come down and I’ll teach you.” For more than 2 years Ossie studied Mr Bowen’s technique, ultimately being authorised by him to document the work. Mr Bowen had no notes, charts or manuals, but with the help of Mr Bowen’s secretary, Rene Horwood, Ossie produced a true representation of Mr Bowen’s original technique.
Ossie and his wife, Elaine, began utilizing Mr Bowen’s methods in their clinic in Hamilton, Victoria.
Honoring Mr Bowen’s request to teach the work after his death, Ossie and Elaine named it “The Bowen Technique” and held their first seminar in Perth, Australia in 1986. By 1990, Ossie and Elaine were teaching full-time throughout Australia.
Dedicated to teaching the technique and ensuring it was taught in its original form, they founded the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in 1987, eventually naming the technique Bowtech – The Bowen Technique. Since then, Ossie and Elaine have introduced Bowtech to many countries, honoring the promise Ossie made to Mr Bowen on his deathbed, to spread his work throughout the world. They are now supported in this teaching by a large faculty of dedicated instructors who are accreditaed by, and registered with, the Academy.
Over 26,000 people have completed basic Bowtech, the Bowen Technique course, in 30 countries and in 6 languages. Worldwide, there are now 90 instructors using Bowtech.