Tom Ambrose Bowen
What is Bowen Technique (Bowtech)?
The Bowen Technique (also known as Bowtech – the Original Bowen Technique and Bowenwork) is a dynamic system of muscle and connective tissue therapy that was developed by the late Tom Ambrose Bowen in Geelong, Australia. Sometimes called the homeopathy of bodywork, it utilizes subtle inputs to the body (known as moves), stimulating the body to heal itself, often profoundly.
The Bowen Technique offers tremendous benefit to clients with very little effort on the part of the practitioner. The practitioner’s moves deliver signals to the nervous system at specific locations (on muscles, tendons, ligaments, or nerves), and the body responds in its own time, within its vital capacity.
It can provide relief for many types of injuries and other health problems, both acute and chronic, and it does so holistically, via the body’s innate healing mechanisms. While there are a few, very specific situations in which a particular ‘procedure’ is contraindicated, Bowen Technique is appropriate for people of all ages, in all degrees of health.
Rather than focusing on a single complaint, Bowen Technique addresses the entire body, by restoring balance via the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS controls over 80% of bodily functions and is very susceptible to external stressors.
Most people today live in a constant state of high stress and sympathetic ANS over-stimulation (fight, flight or freeze mode). Healing can occur only after the ANS shifts from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance (rest, relax and repair mode). Bowen Technique enables that shift.
During a session, the client often drops into deep relaxation or falls asleep, and loud peristalsis may be heard. Both of these changes are indications of a profound release from stress and a shift towards parasympathetic influence. This shift could explain, in part, the common observation that a Bowen Technique session seems to reactivate the recovery process in situations where healing from trauma, sickness or surgery has stalled or reached a plateau.
Oswald Rentsch & Elaine
Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) began developing his technique in the 1950s in Geelong, Australia. He became interested in ways to alleviate human suffering and began to notice that certain moves on the body had particular effects. Tom Bowen frequently stated that his work was ‘a gift from God’. He continued to develop and refine the technique throughout his lifetime with the help of his friend and secretary, Rene Horwood.
Mr. Bowen also held free clinics for children, people with disabilities, and community service workers and performing about 13,000 treatments a year and his practice was verified by the 1975 Victorian government inquiry into alternative health care professionals.
In 1974, while attending a national health conference in Adelaide, Australia, Oswald Rentsch met Mr. Bowen for the first time. He spontaneously asked if he could learn from him. Mr. Bowen shook Ossie’s hand, held it for some time, and said, Good! For the next two and a half years, Ossie studied Mr. Bowen’s technique, ultimately being authorized by him to document the work.
Mr. Bowen had no notes, charts or manuals, but with the help of Rene Horwood, Ossie produced a true representation of Mr. Bowen’s original technique. In 1976, Ossie and his wife, Elaine, began utilizing Mr. Bowen’s methods in their clinic in Hamilton, Victoria.
Honoring Mr. Bowen’s request to teach the work after his death, Ossie and Elaine named it – The Bowen Technique and held their first seminar In Perth, Australia in 1986.
Diploma in Bowen Therapy
The Bowtech procedures are taught in seven modules, each 16 classroom hours long. The modules must be taken in sequence because each one reviews and builds on what was taught previously. These modules are generally taught in two consecutive days each, over a period of six months or more, with a maximum of two modules taught back-to-back.
The last seminar, “Module 7,” is a thorough assessment of the material taught in the first six modules. Requirements for taking Module 7 include satisfactory completion of the written assessments and case study requirements at Modules 3 through 6, and waiting at least one month after Module 6.
The content of each module is standard in every country where BTAA-accredited instructors teach. This means that you can travel and study with any combination of BTAA-accredited instructors and be assured that you will have learned the same procedures as all of your classmates, regardless of their previous instructors.
Every module includes:
* Demonstration of each procedure, with detailed explanation of anatomical landmarks
* Explanation and discussion of the procedures and indications for their use
* Detailed notes, with photographs and anatomical diagrams
* Extensive supervised hands-on practice, with feedback from the instructor(s)
* Ample review of procedures taught in previous modules
Practical and written assessments, with individual feedback, are given in Modules 3 through 6. You will also be required to submit written case studies (a total of ten) in those modules; and you will receive feedback from the instructor on your choice of procedures, the amount of work done, and other aspects of your work as indicated in your reports.
Module 7 is a full two-day assessment by a senior instructor, covering all procedures and aspects taught in the first six modules.
Accreditation as a practitioner requires passing the Module 7 assessment and submitting proof of three additional requirements:
* A recognized qualification in Anatomy and Physiology (180 hours)
* Experience running a business and a minimum of 36 hours of business education
* A current First Aid and/or CPR certificate is necessary.
* A log book of 100 clinical hours with case studies has to be completed.
* Ten case studies have to be submitted by module 7 in order for the diploma of proficiency to be awarded by the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia.
Module 1 & 2 – April 4 to 7, 2019
Module 3 & 4 – May 25 to 28, 2019
Module 5 & 6 – July 6 to 9, 2019
Time : 9:00am to 6:30pm
Language : English
Time : 9:00am to 6:30pm
Course Fee : HK$7,000 per 2 modules
Farida is a world-renowned pioneer in Ayurveda Aromatherapy and a speaker of APA World Expert Series in 2015 sharing her research-based knowledge of this ancient branch using essential oils in Ayurveda.
She is a senior Bowtech Instructor and is responsible for bringing the Australian science of Bowtech, the original soft tissue Bowen Therapy, to India, Taiwan.
Khursheed Irani is a qualified degree holder in Acupuncture, a clinical Aromatherapist and also an accredited Bowen Instructor. Together they are looking at promoting Bowtech, the original Bowen technique in Hong Kong with the permission of the Bowen therapy Academy of Australia(BTAA).