The original Bowen Technique was performed by Tom Bowen who had a gift for healing, hence the name, and originates in Geelong, Victoria. Tom Bowen worked on the soft tissues of the body and fine tuned his technique in his busy clinics. The gentle movements he made triggering the body's natural healing response.
The moves he made were documented thoroughly by Ossie Rentsch who studied under Tom in his clinic and was granted permission to take note of the anatomical marker points, movements, and responses, formulating a reference guide for therapy. This also allowed for research and scientific analysis of the how and why Bowen therapy is so effective. This gave the innate skill used and the responses to treatment a more valid, scientific reference point both physiologically and clinically.
During a Bowen treatment gentle movements are made on the surface of the skin using fingers and thumbs, in set patterns, for general relaxation and realignment, targeting specific presentations, conditions and injuries.
Sequential movements are made slowly and mindfully with breaks of 2 minutes in between sets of moves. This allows the influence of the signals triggered by treatment to pass through the central nervous system and back to the muscle bellies, influencing fascia. Resulting in optimal effect of each move without overloading the nervous system, opening the pathway for the next moves.
It is often a deeply relaxing treatment and is suitable from any age and can have positive effects on multiple medical conditions both acute and chronic.
The original Bowen Technique is taught by BOWTECH an accredited training organisation, and requires years of study and practice to obtain proficiency at Diploma level.
I completed my training with BOWTECH with tutelage from Kristin North of Northstar Healing Therapies.
https://www.northstarhealingtherapies.com.au/ Kristin delivers comprehensive training, sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm as a practitioner, in equal measures.
The technique is practiced globally and is increasingly recognised in the clinical medical field due to its profound effects.