Tom Bowen (1916 - 1982) started developing and practicing his healing technique in Australia in the 1950s. He found that certain small moves on specific places on the body had particular effects and that with very minimal intervention he was able to help people with chronic and acute health problems. Despite having no formal training or medical background, the demand for his treatment was such that Bowen opened a full time clinic, performing at one point 13,000 documented treatments a year. Describing his work as 'a gift from God', Bowen offered regular free clinics for children, people with disabilities and community service workers.
Towards the end of his life, Tom Bowen entrusted a few people to learn from and document his technique. Ossie Rentsch was one of these. Practicing this revolutionary therapy in his own clinic from 1976, Ossie and his wife Elaine have since been dedicated to teaching and disseminating what they named The Bowen Technique - and later 'Bowtech' - in Australia and internationally.
The effectiveness of Bowenwork depends on a particular individual's capacity for self-healing (which may vary over time). It may take just two sessions for a client to return to an optimal state of health - or they may need ongoing treatment. Ideally sessions should be spaced 5 - 10 days apart. Conditions that often gain relief from Bowenwork include:
Back pain and sciatica
Digestive and bowel problems
Earache and TMJ problems
Migraines and other types of headaches
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
Hip, knee, ankle and foot problems
Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
Neck and shoulder problems (including 'frozen shoulder')
Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
Respiratory problems and hay fever
RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
Sports and other traumatic injuries
Source: Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia, Bowtech Pty Ltd