The History of Bowen
Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916 – 1982) was born in Australia, from parents who originally came from Wolverhampton. Tom was not an academic man, leaving school aged 14, he worked as a milk carter and labourer, but he enjoyed participating in and teaching sports.
Following his days at work, he began treating his colleague’s ailments in clinics and was clearly good at it because his reputation began to grow and his time in clinic went well into the night hours. As his reputation grew he was encouraged to embark on a full time career change and opened a full time clinic from his rented home.
Tom was self taught by reading books and developed both his technique and informal business with no formal training or qualifications. Evidence suggests that in 1973 Tom attended the Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Naturopathic Committee and advised them his success came from being a self-taught practitioner and following this in 1975, a government report on natural health practices, identified that Tom was treating 13,000 patients annually with Bowen Therapy.
Tom’s therapy was not limited to humans. He regularly treated domestic animals, horses and farm animals all of which appeared to benefit and so later Equine and Canine Bowen Therapy were created.
Tom was not one for documenting his work, being self-taught and an experiential learner, he invited people into his clinic to observe him treating. It is reported that six students in particular studied Tom’s work. Keith Davis, Kevin Neave, Nigel Love, Oswald Rentsch, Romney Smeeton and Kevin Ryan became regarded as ‘Tom’s Boys’ and are all individually responsible for Bowen, as we know it today. Tom’s philosophy was to help all those he could and continued doing so until his death.
Booking a Session
I am more than happy to have a free 15-minute phone consultation with you prior to booking you a course of 3 sessions. Treatments will last 45 minutes and I strongly recommend completion of the course to get the optimum out of this therapy. On completion of your 3-session course, I will review where we are with your progress and it may be that we need not meet weekly and could extend the session gap to monthly. This of course will not be known until completion of the course and appraisal of your symptoms, suffice to say you are a unique individual and who knows what you and your body are capable of achieving. I simply look forward to helping you with the change you want.