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The Bowen Technique takes its name from Tom Bowen (1916-1982). Tom’s parents emigrated to Australia from the UK before he was born. Interested in anatomy from very early in his life, Tom worked as a labourer and never officially qualified as a therapist: he just did it!
He was a member of the Salvation Army and coached children in sports, especially swimming. But apparently he could feel separate muscles, nerves and soft tissues and detect muscular vibrations in them. The sensation he felt showed him where to treat.
He developed a therapy unlike any other physical therapy: very economical in its movements, yet with startlingly good results.
Starting in the 1950’s his practice in Geelong, Australia, grew rapidly to the point that when an Australian parliamentary committee did a survey in the 1970’s they were astounded to discover that he was treating 280 patients weekly, nearly 13000 patients annually - and most of them only came for three treatments! He reckoned that although he couldn’t help everyone, 88% of his patients got better.
He never ran a training school to teach others what he did, but a number of individuals did observe him at work and study with him, and what we do now we owe to them. A number of schools have developed from what those individuals taught, but the underlying Bowen movements are basically the same for them all.
Jonathan Clogstoun-Willmott practises a number of therapies.
Over the years he's gradually learned which ones help in different situations, so don't be surprised if he recommends another form of treatment for your problem. In some cases he may recommend someone else to do the treatment.
Here are some of the other therapies he practises:
Please note! The Kindle editions are less easy to read! Although the paper editions cost more, they are much easier to read and to refer back and forth to the contents and index.
Here are some of the books Jonathan has written:
Still only one comment, though personally I think this is my best book so far.
Published 1986 and, amazingly, still selling. Was apparently used back then by at least one acupuncture college to help students understand Chinese medicine!
No comments yet: just published. (Despite the lurid cover, it explains the five main types of phlegm and what works best for each type. I hope it's easy to read and will be much more useful than all the websites on the subject.)
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