The Bowen Technique is a natural, holistic and gentle form of body work in which subtle ‘rolling moves’ are performed over the muscles and connective tissues in the body.

History of The Bowen Technique


Tom Ambrose Bowen

The therapy was pioneered by Thomas Bowen (1916-1982), who devoted his life to developing and refining the method in Geelong, Australia after the second world war.

Tom was interested in ways to reduce pain and without any formal training in any modality Tom started to develop this technique in the 1950’s. He had started to notice that particular movements on different parts of the body could treat various problems and had great healing benefits.

Over his lifetime Tom refined his technique and by the early 1970s he was performing around 13,000 treatments a year.

Oswald Rentsch met Tom Bowen in 1974 at a health conference in Adelaide, Australia, and it was this serendipitous event that has led us to what we now call The Bowen Technique.

From 1974 for two years Tom Bowen taught Oswald his technique allowing him to document the movements producing a true representation of the therapy.


Elaine & Ossie Rentsch

In 1976, Ossie and his wife, Elaine, began practising the technique in their own clinic in Hamilton, Victoria.

After Tom’s death, Elaine and Ossie, honouring Tom’s wish, began teaching what they now name ‘Bowtech – The Bowen Technique’ . They founded the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia in 1987  dedicating themselves to preserving the technqie.