“The Original Bowen Technique from Australia: Effective for a wide range of Health Issues” by Mr. Ian Dixon
The Bowen Technique was developed by Mr. Tom Bowen (1916-1982) from Geelong, Australia. While he was developing his therapy in Australia in the 1950s and 60s, he was fascinated by the different postures people had, and how this related to their symptoms of ill-health or muscle pain, etc. He successfully treated 13000 patients a year.
Oswald and Elaine Rentsch (Osteopath & Homeopath,) then worked with Tom Bowen and documented the technique. They commenced teaching it after Tom Bowen’s death, as per his wish. They have since taken the technique to more than 25 countries all over the world and are the Principals of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia.
Bowen is a very non-invasive State of the art Technique and has profound effects on various chronic disorders including degenerated spine, arthritis, rheumatism, stress, chronic fatigue, acidity, fractures, sprains, sports injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, asthma, nervous disorders, mental and emotional equilibrium, women’s problems including fertility and many other ailments. In Bowen, specific moves are made on ligaments, tendons or muscles which most likely activate the Golgi receptors and send signals to the brain, the neurological pathways, the fascia, also activating the meridians, and the electromagnetic field of the person. Unlike other treatments the body does its own rectification and the will of the practitioner is not imposed on the client. It has been suggested that the Bowen Technique may introduce specific harmonic frequencies to the body systems on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels.
The therapist uses his/her fingers or thumbs to move over muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and joints (and occasionally directly over nerves themselves), in order to elicit a healing response in the body.
A unique feature of the Bowen technique is the frequent pauses between each series of moves. These are given to allow the body to respond and integrate what is being done. (It does not bombard the body with a host of impulses to deal with all at once). During these pauses, the therapist will usually leave the room. This lets the person relax without feeling that they have to keep a conversation or that they are being watched. The pauses vary in duration from person to person and from condition to condition.
Mr. Ian Dixon is one of the 30 Bowtech accredited Bowen instructors in Australia, the birthplace of this incredible technique. This is his second visit to India, the first being to Satya Sai Baba’s ashram in Puttaparthi several years ago. Having worked as an agricultural scientist for 20 years, before a career change to natural therapies, Ian works from his busy Bowen Clinic and Training Centre in Australia’s capital city, Canberra. He is passionate about making the healing benefits of the Bowen technique available to as many people as possible.