What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen Therapy, also referred to as the Bowen Technique, was developed in Australia by the late Mr. Tom Bowen. The original technique as taught by Mr. Bowen is taught internationally by Ossie and Elaine Rentch and registered as Bowenwork® and Bowtech®.

Click to read An Introduction to Bowtech®, by KG Stiles – Published in Summer 2003 Issue of Massage Therapy Journal, pp 93-104 contains five case histories and several very artistic photographs. Clicking the link will cause the article to download as a pdf file.

Click to see photos & read physician comments about Bowen therapy.

Bowen is a dynamic system of neurological repatterning and works primarily through your autonomic nervous system on both structural and energetic levels. Bowen moves restore the energetic flow and harmonic resonance within your body to bring balance and healing at all levels of your Body, Mind, Spirit and Emotions.

The Bowen system of healing is truly holistic and known to stimulate healing for a wide variety of conditions.

The technique is gentle and noninvasive and can, if necessary, be performed through natural fiber clothing. Natural fibers are known to conduct the electro-magentic flows, or life force energy, that circulate within you. These currents of energy act like rivers of information being communicated and integrated within you. When these humming streams of energy, or energy circuits, also known as meridians in Chinese medicine, course freely, unobstructed throughout your body, you experience radiant health and vitality.

When a balanced energetic flow is maintained vibrant health and longevity results.Too often stagnation in our energy system, or blocks to the flow of our Chi, or life force energy, results in dis-ease and degenerative conditions. This dis-ease can manifest at any level of your being, usually occurring first in areas of greatest weakness where they take root and grow into external symptoms.


  • Misalignments commonly right themselves – yet there is no manipulation of joints or bones as in osteopathy or chiropractic.
  • Muscle tensions and strains are relieved and normal lymphatic flow is restored – yet muscles are not squeezed as in massage.
  • Meridians show immediate improvements – yet the work is not based on meridians, and does not resemble acupuncture or acupressure.
  • Fascia rehydrates, adhesions release and scar tissue softens – yet there is no heavy pressure as in Rolfing or deep-tissue work.
  • Internal psychological shifts are common – yet it is not necessary to evoke emotional response as in mind-body therapies.
  • Nearly everyone reports a pleasant, relaxed state, and a deep sense of well-being and ease.

Bowen therapy is completely safe and appropriate for everyone from highly trained athletes to newborns, pregnant women, the elderly, and chronically ill.

Bowen has successfully treated musculoskeletal problems such back and neck pain, scoliosis, sporting injuries, TMJ alignment, and carpal tunnel syndrome. It is also renowned for its effectiveness with internal conditions such as migraines, digestive and elimination complaints, colic in babies, and respiratory problems, including asthma.

A Bowen treatment consists of gentle, strumming movements. These stimulations activate a systemic response so powerful that a short pause (1-3 minutes) is observed to allow for deep release of stress and tension held within your body, and the integration within your nervous system to enhance long term results. A rhythmic pattern of a series of movements in specific areas of your body and pauses continues throughout your treatment.

At the start of your Bowen therapy session Applied Kinesiology (AK) or muscle testing is performed to assess which Bowen procedures are the priority indicated for your healing session. This means KG will know exactly which procedures are needed, and in what order to perform them, to bring you into balance and stimulate your own body’s healing response. This fine tuned assessment helps give precise focus to your session and greatly enhances the healing results of your session.

The Australian government-commissioned Webb report in 1975 stated that Tom Bowen had attended to some 13,000 patients annually (incredibly, that’s about 36 people a day) with an 80-90% success rate, usually in only one or two sessions.

Benefits are usually apparent after your first session, even when long-standing conditions are being treated. Marked improvement accrues with subsequent treatments. Bowen treatment results can be dramatic or subtle, yet with often profound and lasting results.

After resolving your primary imbalances and symptoms, you are encouraged to have periodic Bowen therapy tune-ups to build a strong foundation of health in your Core Energy System.


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