Tom Bowen developed what is now known as The Bowen Technique during the 1950's in Geelong, Australia. Tom had no formal training, having left school at around 15 to work in a variety of manual jobs. He started to develop his technique, which he termed " a gift from God", while he was working as a general hand at the Geelong cement works, learning about anatomy & manual therapies through extensive reading. The increase in success & popularity of his work lead him to give up his job at the cement works in the early 60's to dedicate his time to his thriving clinic. At the time he called himself an osteopath & never named his technique after himself. By 1975 it was recorded that he was treating around 13,000 people a year with an estimated 80% success rate. His busy clinic meant that he often worked well into the night & he dedicated his Saturdays to treating severely disabled children. Much of his work he gave free of charge, receiving donations from clients who often came from many miles away. Amongst the many he treated were also inmates of the Victoria state prison, cup winning racehorses & greyhounds.
Bowen Therapy has been in the UK since the 80's & is rapidly growing in popularity.
The Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund was set up in 2003 in memory of Tom's important work. It is a not-for-profit organisation which provides life enhancing equipment for disabled children who have received Bowen Therapy.