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VOLUME 15 , ISSUE 1 ( January-March, 2022 ) > List of Articles


Bowen Therapy: An Overview

Prathiba Sivakumar, SV Dhinakaran, Sudharshini

Keywords : Lifestyle modification, Physical activity, Self-care management

Citation Information : Sivakumar P, Dhinakaran S, Sudharshini. Bowen Therapy: An Overview. 2022; 15 (1):16-18.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10084-13134

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 13-06-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2022; The Author(s).


In Geelong, Victoria, Australia, Thomas A Bowen (1916–1982) developed this technique after serving in the military during World War II. He began to notice that certain physical movements of the body had a particular impact on a person's health. Unlike any other form of therapy or discipline, the Bowen technique was developed by its creator without any prior training. According to him, his work was a “simple gift from God.” A system such as the one used today was developed over the course of several years. A government inquiry into alternative health professionals in 1975 confirmed that Bowen was extremely busy in his clinic. A study reporting Bowen's annual patient count of 13,000 was conducted over the course of 27 weeks. That was an amazing number of clients per year considering sessions were only 7 days apart and most people needed as little as two or three sessions.1

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