Ellen Cobb

Natural Therapy Centre

21A Southampton Street



GU14 6AU

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 The Bowen Technique

Developed in the 1950’s by the late Tom Bowen in Geelong, Australia, The Bowen Technique is a gentle but dynamic body therapy that is therapeutic and very effective. It empowers the body’s own healing resources, achieving balance and harmony, and often results in fast and lasting relief from pain and discomfort. The technique is considered appropriate to use on anyone from newborns to the elderly, with any condition from sports injuries to chronic or organic complaints.


A treatment comprises sequences of small gentle moves, each at specific sites on the body. There is no forceful manipulation, just a light cross-fibre manoeuvring of a muscle, tendon or ligament, pleasant to the recipient. The Bowen Technique taps into the body’s natural feedback system that monitors the state of each muscle. As well as releasing any tension within the muscles, the moves also work on energy blocks (accumulated by injury, tension or disease), allowing increased energy flow and hence healing ability.

Treatments can be performed through light clothing, and substantial relief is frequently experienced after the first 1 or 2 sessions. Specifically, the kind of symptoms that may be helped by The Bowen Technique include:-

Sports injuries * Stress & Tension symptoms

Back pain and Sciatica * Chronic fatigue

RSI & Tennis Elbow * Neck & Shoulder problems

Knee & Ankle problems * Hayfever

Menstrual irregularities * Migraines & Headaches

The technique not only addresses the musculo-skeletal framework but also the fascia, nerves and internal organs. The body’s integrated response improves circulation, lymph drainage and aids in the assimilation of nutrients and elimination of toxins.


 History of The Bowen Technique

Thomas A. Bowen (1916-1982) developed this technique in Geelong, Victoria. He became interested in ways to alleviate human suffering and began to notice that certain moves on the body had particular effects. The Bowen Technique is unique in that it was developed without its originator having any previous training in any modality or discipline. In fact, he frequently stated that his work was ‘simply a gift from God.’ Over a period of several years he developed the system as it is used today.

Bowen was extremely busy in his clinic, as was verified by the 1975 Victorian government inquiry into alternative health care professionals. The study documented Bowen performing some 13,000 treatments per year as assessed over a 27-week period. Considering sessions were seven days apart and most people needed only two or three sessions, that was an amazing number of clients per year.

In 1974, while attending a National Health Conference in Adelaide, Australia, Tom Bowen was introduced to Osteopath and Natural Therapist, Oswald Rentsch. Although Ossie knew nothing of Bowen’s work, he spontaneously asked if he could train with Bowen. Bowen subsequently invited Rentsch to Geelong to study with him. He also successfully treated Ossie's wife, Elaine, who had a long standing health problem.


The first seminar was held in Perth, Australia in 1986, and by 1990, the Ossie & Elaine were teaching full time. Since then, they have introduced the Bowen Technique throughout Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Israel, Sweden and South Africa. The number of new countries being added to this list is growing at an astonishing rate.

Practitioners across the world are now using this amazing healing modality. Because this technique is so effective, it has been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of people. Healing professionals are impressed by the capability of the Bowen session and the diversity of problems addressed by it. It was so successful that in 1992, the Rentsches implemented a Teacher Training programme.

Every year their instructors are assessed as to their capability, accuracy and adherence to the training received at the hands of Tom Bowen's student - Oswald Rentsch. There are currently over 100 instructors registered with The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia offering seminars in over 30 countries. The Academy has taught well over 30,000 students worldwide.

We look forward to training you in Tom Bowen’s remarkable technique.

During the next two and a half years Rentsch studied Tom Bowen’s technique, ultimately being authorised by Bowen to document his work. Bowen had no notes, charts or manuals that could be followed, but with the help of Bowen’s receptionist, Rene Horwood, produced what is considered to be a true representation of Bowen’s original technique. They then began utilizing Bowen’s methods in their clinic in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia. At Bowen’s request, it was not until after his own death that Ossie began teaching his technique.