What is Bowenwork?

Practitioner with clientBowenwork® is a technique that helps stimulate your body’s natural healing response. Bowenwork is based on the principle that our bodies are self-healing and can, with the right stimulation, return to a healthy state.

Practitioners use gentle, precise movements across specific muscles or tendons. Each move applied sends a healing message to your body, allowing it to relax and regain proper function. Bowenwork is unique in its ability to bring about many changes in your body without the use of force or painful manipulation.

A session includes essential pauses between each series of moves to give your body time to integrate the signals into the healing process. Your body will continue to process and respond to the healing signals for up to 10 days after each session.

The Bowenwork touch is so gentle it’s safe for anyone to receive. The healing is so powerful it can have a beneficial effect on every area of your body.

Can it help me?

Bowenwork can assist recovery from many conditions including the following partial list:

  • Pain, including back pain, joint pain, chronic pain and headaches
  • Traumatic injuries and overuse injuries
  • Fatigue and other chronic conditions
  • Physical or mental stress
  • Ear/throat problems and TMJ problems
  • Respiratory, digestive or reproductive system problems
  • Children’s issues such as colic in babies, allergies, asthma and bedwetting

Where did it come from?

Bowenwork came from Australia. Tom Bowen developed it over a period of several decades by working with athletes and injured laborers. It arose from his study and
profound understanding of the structural and healing mechanisms of the body and his
interest in osteopathic principles. Tom Bowen practiced in Australia from 1958 until his
passing in 1982.

Oswald (Ossie) Rentsch was one of a handful of people chosen to study along side Mr. Bowen in his work. After he, along with his wife, Elaine, developed a thriving practice, Ossie asked Mr. Bowen if he could “keep the work alive” It is from their tireless efforts that “The Bowen Technique, an interpretation by Oswald Rentsch” was developed as a curriculum. It was taught first in Australia and New Zealand and then around the world. The names Bowtech® and Bowenwork® are registered trademarks of their company, Bowtech Pty, which does business as The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTAA). The Bowenwork Academy USA (BAUSA) is the United States affiliate of Bowtech Pty.