History of Bowenwork®

Thomas A. Bowen

1916 - 1982

It all started in Australia ...

... where the technique was first developed by Tom Bowen. Following his interest and studies in the human muscular structure, he intuitively began working with this gentle technique discovering that certain moves on the body helped recovery from many conditions. His work in his popular clinic in Geelong, was verified by the 1975 Victorian Government Inquiry into alternative health care professions. It is recorded that he saw some 13,000 patients every year!

It was only in 1986 that the technique was brought to other countries. Oswald Rentsch, a former massage therapist who Tom had invited to work and study with him, was authorized by Bowen to document and teach his methods. With help from Mr. Bowen’s assistant, Rene Horwood, and his wife Elaine, they together produced a record of the Bowen Technique. 

Oswald & Elaine Rentsch

After the death of Thomas Bowen, Oswald and Elaine began teaching the technique to others and today it is embraced worldwide. Since 1994 there has also been a Teacher Training Programme with regular seminars available to those who wish to teach the technique as well as become Practitioners. The organization Bowtech® is the foremost trainer of Bowen professionals worldwide and is dedicated to keeping the Bowen Technique faithful to the original work of Tom Bowen.

Tom Bowen Monument

In Geelong, Victoria, Australia