Bowenwork is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that was developed by the late Tom Bowen in Geelong, Australia. It utilizes small but measured inputs to the body stimulating the body to heal itself, often profoundly.

Bowenwork usually results in the relief of many specific injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic. Signals are delivered to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves) and the body does the rest.

The Bowen technique addresses the entire body by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors. Many people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation (fight, flight or freeze mode). Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax and repair model). Bowen seems to affect that shift. During sesssions, clients often quickly drop into deep relaxation or fall asleep. The sessions seem to reactivate the recovery process in stimulating where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.

What To Expect
rom a Bowen Session
Bowen sessions generally last from 20-50 minutes. The moves are gentle but purposeful and can be done through light clothing.

A session involves one or more "procedures," each of which consists of several sets of "gentle rolling moves." Between each set of moves, the practitioner pauses for a few minutes to give the client's body time to integrate the moves.

The Bowen technique allows the body to heal itself with minimal intervention. Because of the subtlety of Bowenwork and the body's continuing response to it, other forms of manipulative therapy performed up to four days before, or five days after, a Bowen session may interfere with its effectiveness.

The Work
of Tom Bowen

Tom Bowen, born 1916 in Brunswick, Australia, pioneered the work that now bears his name in the early 1950's. By the 1970s, Bowen was treating 13,000 people a year, with a documented success rate of over 85%. At the time of his death in 1982, he considered only six men to have been trained in his technique -- "his boys", as he called them. One of the men, Ossie Rentsch, spent 8 years documenting Bowen's work. Though Tom did not formally teach his technique himself, he authorized Ossie to "take the work to the world after I die." Ossie and his wife Elaine taught their first seminar in 1986 in Perth, Australia.
Bowenwork is now being taught in 25 countries around the world.

For further information, please go to the international website of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia at