Powerful Results

Yet Gentle Approach

Less Is More

The Results are Just Simply...Amazing


Bowenwork is a holistic method of stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal.  There is no therapy like this in the world!  The moves are gentle and non-invasive but the effective practice of it is very specific and precise.

Bowenwork involves gentle, yet powerful, movements on muscle and connective tissue.  These movements prompt soft tissue release, sending neurological impulses to the brain.  Because the impulses travel through the internal nervous system pathways, they stimulate whole brain responses, which address every system in the body.


Bowenwork® is appropriate for everyone: newborns, highly trained athletes, pregnant women and the elderly. Each person responds differently to a Bowenwork session, according to his or her own body’s need and ability to heal. Conditions that are seen to respond well include:

Back pain
Frozen shoulder and shoulder pain
Tennis elbow
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Arthritis pain
Migraine and headaches
TMJ syndrome
Postural and gait problems
Sports injuries
Shin splints
Plantar fasciitis, other foot and ankle problems
Knee and hip restrictions
Pelvic problems
Hay fever


Crohn’s disease



Chronic diarrhea


Bed-wetting in children

Menstrual pain
Fibroids in breast and uterus
Prostate problems
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Balance problems
Earache and ear infections

The History Of Bowenwork


Tom Bowen


The Bowenwork technique was developed by the late Tomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982)  in Geelong, Australia.  Tom was an avid sports fan and spent many hours watching masseurs at local football games.  He then began massaging the players who had injuries.  He studied anatomy texts and started to develop his distinctive technique through continual experimentation and practicing treating back problems of his colleagues at the factory in which he worked at the time.

In the early 1950’s his wife was hospitalized several times with severe asthma.  He developed a soft-tissue manipulation procedure to help her.  The combination of his procedure and the diet that he was advised to have her follow kept her asthma under control.

In 1957 he began treatinTom Bowen Treatingg friends at their homes and soon after gave up his day job and rented some office space.  Mr. Bowen’s uncanny assessment skills enabled him to address the root cause of patients’ problems with very few moves.  By 1973 he had a very large practice.

As his reputation spread, many health professionals wanted to learn his technique.  In his later years, six men studied with him.  Each man continued on to own their own established practice, but would still travel to Geelong to spend one day a week with Mr. Bowen in his clinic.  They all trained with Mr. Bowen Separately and did not overlap.  This training period lasted two or three years.  When Mr. Bowen died in 1982, his work was already being shared through the hands of the students he mentored.  The technique he developed over those course of his professional life would live beyond him!


Meet Ossie and Elaine Rentsch


One of MrOssie and Ellaine. Bowen’s students was Oswald Rentsch.  “Ossie” studied massage in 1959 in order to ease his wife Elaine’s unremitting pain.

Elaine had sustained a childhood neck injury that severely damaged her spine.  She was told and fully expected to be unable to walk.  After Ossie had became a student of Mr. Bowen, Elaine became a patient of Mr. Bowen’s.  Elaine noticed movement of energy even after her first visit.  Elaine’s health continued to improve and Ossie opened a clinic in Hamilton that was modeled after Mr. Bowen’s.

The Rentschs now have taught “Bowtech”, as it is called in Australia, to practitioner’s around the world through the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia.  Bowtech is known as Bowenwork in the United States.

Bowenwork is a gentle manual therapy that works through the autonomic nervous system to reset the body to heal itself.

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Bowenwork is completely safe and appropriate for all!  From infants to the elderly, from elite athletes to people with chronic conditions.

When we have an injury or trauma to our physical body or even to our psychological being, we develop compensatory holding patterns to avoid further pain.  These holding patterns, if unattended to, begin to subtly yet unrelentingly spread throughout the body.  And then one day when you are picking up the pencil your back seizes up or your neck becomes unable to move.  “That’s the straw that broke the camels back.”  Yes, that’s the last straw but… it isn’t the whole story is it?

In Bowenwork, through the application of targeted, gentle touch, we stimulate proprioceptors, which send messages to the brain about how we hold ourselves in space.  The brain then sends messages back down into the body to initiate an unwinding.

We stimulate the proprioceptors and the body’s innate healing intelligence is activated and takes the energy to use it where the body most needs it!

Some Tips About Your Bowenwork Session:


  • After a Bowen session we wait 5-7 days at least before scheduling another Bowen session.  Bowenwork can “work” in your body during this entire time.  It is essential for allowing the body to restore it’s natural balances.  For this reason, you are asked to avoid other types of bodywork for a short time because they may stop the process the body has started.  You may notices changes taking place throughout your body over the next week.


  • We encourage you to drink PLENTY of water while you are receiving Bowenwork.  We highly recommend drinking lots of water every day but especially while seeing your Bowenwork therapist.


  • Bring or wear comfortable clothing.  You will remain fully clothed during your session but it is very difficult to work through jeans or thicker materials.


  • You will experience “rest periods” after each move or sets of moves.  These rest periods are a very important part of the Bowenwork technique.  Although very non-traditional given today’s “more is better mentality.”, the rest periods allow your body to respond to the signal or signals that your therapist just gave it.  This is when your body will unwind or reset.  Sometimes you may feel the “processing” happening.  Some patients have felt twinges, pressure, short lived pain, euphoria, seen colors and have had different sensations throughout their bodies.  Almost always patients feel a deep sense of relaxation which is the parasympathetic system kicking in!


  • Come with an open mind and optimistic heart!  In our experience patients who seem ready, truly ready for healing and change have the best results!

If Bowenwork Sounds Like a Good Fit For You

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