Bowen Therapy – Bowtech


Where did the Bowen Technique originate?

The Bowen Technique was developed in the 1950’s by the late Tom Bowen from Geelong, Australia. Bowen became a celebrated therapist, regularly treating over 13,000 clients each year. In 1974, he invited Oswald Rentsch and his wife Elaine to study with him and document his work. They are the Founders and Principals of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia.

Colin & Olive Harris are fully qualified Bowen Technique Practitioners. They have undertaken all of their training, to an advanced level, directly under the instruction of Oswald and Elaine Rentsch. Colin & Olive have been practicing this modality in its original and most successful form at Nurtura Health since 1994.

What It Is and How Does It Work?

Bowtech, the original Bowen Technique, is a gentle form of body work in which the Practitioner uses very subtle non-invasive moves over the muscles and connective tissue.  Results may be achieved from one session, however, for some conditions, a few sessions may be needed to achieve a full resolution of the presenting condition/s.

There are frequent, but very essential pauses throughout the session that allows the body time to respond and begin the healing process. The Practitioner may target a specific problem or address the body as a whole.

Unlike many other hands-on therapies, the Bowen Practitioner does not use forceful manipulation. A unique skill of the Bowen Practitioner is ‘tissue tension’ sense, meaning that the Practitioners are able to discern stress build- up in muscles and other soft tissues enabling them to perform specific Bowen moves to assist recovery.

The Practitioner works with the Bowen Technique to  address not only the musculo-skeletal framework, but also the fascia, nerves and internal organs. The rationale of treatment is to assess an integrated response to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, and aid in both assimilation of nutrients and elimination.


Can the Bowen Technique help me?

The original Bowen Technique is extremely gentle and is considered appropriate for anyone from pregnant women to newborn babies, the frail and the elderly.

It may assist recovery from many conditions including traumatic injury, depending upon each individual’s capacity to heal. No adverse side-effects have been reported.

The technique should be considered for:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Digestive and bowel problems, including IBS
  • Ear-ache, ear infections and migraines
  • Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Knee, ankle and foot problems
  • Menstrual and hormonal irregularities
  • Neck/shoulder problems, including frozen shoulder
  • Groin pain, pelvic tilt and uneven leg length
  • Respiratory problems and hay fever
  • RSI, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow
  • Sports and accident injuries
  • Childhood bedwetting

Can I use other Therapies?

A Bowen session by your Practitioner may initiate a cascade of beneficial changes that may continue for several days. Applying other manipulative therapies during this time may interrupt this process and undermine the overall effectiveness of the Bowen work. It is therefore recommended that the client wait a week before commencing any other manual therapy.

Your Practitioner uses the Bowen Technique with the aim to restore and regain balance and healthy function to your body. Clients often report major or total improvement in seemingly unrelated problems that they may have forgotten to mention to the Practitioner, whilst gaining relief from the discomfort of the presenting condition.



Disclaimer:  The advice on this website is of a general nature only and Nurtura Health expressly disclaims all liability arising out of the improper use of the information provided.  Nurtura Health actively discourages any self-diagnosis or self-medication.  Please consult your health practitioner regarding these important health issues.  All rights reserved.