Thomas Ambrose Bowen 1916 – 1982
Tom Bowen was a humble man who made an incredible impact upon the field of alternative health, not only in his home country - Australia, but across most continents of the world. By the mid 1970's, Tom's reputation had spread and his clinical skills in his 'Bowen Therapy' were in great demand. In 1975, he was treating an astounding 13,000 people per year. He was not only a healer, but a gifted teacher, truly generous with his gift.
What Tom could ‘see’ was not something that could be verbalised or classified in the strictest sense of diagnosis. He just knew where there was an imbalance and had the ability to know when that imbalance was changing. Once Bowen had got the process moving, that was enough for him and he then knew that, through the week, the body would take over and do the rest. He was rarely wrong.
He ran a fortnightly clinic for years, treated disabled people free of charge and he would regularly pay house calls to people who were unable to attend his clinic, even in the middle of the night. On Sundays he would visit Geelong Prison to treat prisoners and was many times called upon by the Geelong Police to assist them, even being awarded a medal from the Victorian Police Board.
He chose not to claim or copyright any of his work and taught a number of students, in the hope that his technique would grow and spread around the world. Tom never saw his work as a finite modality, but rather as a work in progress. His vision remains intact through the continued refinements and adaptations of his work by Bowen practitioners around the world.
Tom Bowen had the following saying on the wall of his Clinic:
“I expect to pass through this world but once,
any good thing therefore that I do,
or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again.‘‘
Bowen is a technique that talks to the muscles and leaves patients relaxed and pain free