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Bowen Therapy Week April 12th – 18th The Bowen Technique: How it all Began

The Bowen Technique: How it all Began

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Helen Mary Perkins MAR BTAA

Bowen therapists everywhere are celebrating the life and work of Tom Bowen, founder of the Original Bowen Technique. This month sees the centenary of his birth in Australia in 1916, giving added focus to Bowen Therapy Week (April 12-18), an annual initiative spearheaded by his family.

Tom was ahead of his time in understanding how the body works and its amazing capacity to heal itself given the right support. He also developed home remedies to complement his treatments which over the years have evolved into the specialist products now available for professional and home use.

While we don’t really need any excuse to remember this extraordinary yet modest individual, this special week brings us together to celebrate his legacy. Many therapists across the UK and overseas are holding events to raise awareness…check locally for details.

So, how did it all start? Tom’s early career as a massage therapist led him to realise that many of the Tom Bowen polaroidapparently unrelated musculoskeletal and other problems his patients experienced could be traced to the body’s connective tissue and fascia, lying just under the skin and affecting muscles, tendons and nerves.

Prompted by this discovery he developed a unique set of specific moves associated with different sequences and timing intervals which adjust the tension levels in the muscles and fascia to balance the whole body, subsequently proven to provide long term and often immediate resolution of many conditions.

Subsequently this became known as the Bowen Technique, thanks to former student Ossie Rentsch who documented his work and set about teaching it worldwide. Today it is known as Bowtech – The Original Bowen Technique, and overseen by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTAA).

As one of only 12 Bowtech instructors in the UK, I feel privileged to be able to share this original therapy with others by training therapists to enable more people to experience the benefits which I have observed and recorded first-hand over many years of clinical practice.

Although Tom died in 1982 his legacy lives on, not only through the BTAA which promotes the pure Bowtech method, but through the many variants that have evolved over the years based on his pioneering work. Through my links with Bowen Training UK and other professional organisations I have seen how complementary therapists have gained from adding Bowen to their skill set, enabling them to further support their patients and clients in a very direct and effective way.

Suitable for all ages, from babies to the frail elderly, the beauty of Bowen is that rather than forcing change, it helps the body to recognise and make the changes needed to release tension and facilitate mobility and wellbeing… a gentle, non-invasive approach with powerful effect on a wide variety of ailments. High-profile fans include adventurer Bear Grylls who credits Bowen with helping him overcome serious back injuries.

Useful links

For dates and details of Helen’s accredited training and CPD courses, including her unique Introduction to the Bowen Technique for therapists and non-professionals, please go to

To find your nearest Bowen therapist visit or

Specialist treatment products used and recommended by professionals around the world can be found at





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