The Bowen Technique is a type of manipulation in natural healthcare medicine. It is named after its Australian founder of this type of physical manipulation, Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916 – 1982).
Tom Bowen claimed that his method of healing was a, “gift from God” and did not have any formal medical training. Even though he referred to himself as an osteopath, he did not qualify for the title when he applied in 1992 (just one year before his death).
Bowen did not document his technique. Following his death, different interpretations of his practice have become to be known as the Bowen Technique that is practiced today. The technique has been popularized by some of the six men who observed Tom Bowen at work. Oswald Rentsch is an osteopath who was one of these men and his interpretation has become the dominant form even though this has been challenged by others.
It was not until some years after Tom Bowen’s death that the term Bowen Technique was coined. The Bowen Technique goes by a variety of other names including, Bowenwork, Fascial Bowen, Fascial Kinetics, Integrated Bowen Therapy, Neurostructural Integration Technique (NST) and Smart Bowen.
The Bowen Technique
The Bowen Technique is based on the emerging science of connective tissue, primarily fascia. Fascia is a band or sheet of connective tissue, primarily collagen, beneath the skin that attaches, stabilizes, encloses, and separates muscles and other internal organs. The 21st century has brought a new movement of understanding of the human muscular skeletal system and the dominant role that fascia plays in it. Patients of the Bowen Technique are typically clothed and lie on a comfortable massage table or bed.
Many people have found relief for various ailments with the help of the Bowen Technique.