The technique was first developed in Australia by Thomas Bowen (1916 to 1982).
Tom Bowen was inspired by the principle that the body has the ability to "self-regulate." To him, the ideal therapeutic technique was one that would stimulate the system to rebalance the malfunctions resulting from tissue disruption.
His work in his popular clinic in Geelong, was verified by the 1975 Victorian Government Inquiry into alternative health care professions. It is recorded that he saw some 13,000 patients every year – an incredible work-rate.
It was only in 1986 that the technique was brought to other countries. Oswald Rentsch – a former massage therapist who Tom had invited to work and study with him - was authorized by Bowen to document and teach his methods. And with the help of Bo-wen’s Clerk, Rene Horwood, and his wife Elaine, they together produced a record of the Bowen Technique.
After the death of Thomas Bowen, Oswald and Elaine began teaching the technique to others and today it is embraced world-wide.
The organization "Bowtech" is the foremost trainer of Bowen professionals worldwide and is dedicated to keeping the Bowen Technique faithful to the original work of Tom Bowen.