Create unity for Bowen therapy in Australia - Bowen Association of Australia

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Despite the fact that the Bowen method of treating body biomechanical issues has originated from one person, namely Thomas Bowen, nevertheless his methods have been splintered into various factions creating divisions of various kinds. While we are not saying that this has resulted in a complete catastrophe as with all things there are some good aspects to fractionalisation. Nevertheless it is now time for a change. To use Alastair McLoughlin’s words (in a recent post in the Facebook page “Bowen Therapy Worldwide”)  “….The answer starts with this: recognising and embracing the diversity within our Bowen community and losing the out-dated notion that there is only one way of learning Bowen - only one path to the top of the mountain…” It is now time for us to unite together and work together for the common goal of taking our modality to another level.

So what is the plan, how can we create this change, what is needed to transform the current splintered Bowen community? Well first of all we have two separate Bowen associations in Australia. Each one of them believes that in some way that their way is the right way and that if they merge together they will somehow lose their identity or uniqueness. This kind of thinking as we have said is out-dated; we need to embrace the principles of diversity and unite together, becoming stronger and a better representation of a truly transforming tactile therapy. We need to remove or at least reduce the egos and commercial interests that is causing the fracturing and come together for the common good.

Secondly we have lots of different Bowen schools, all competing with one another using their own brand of uniqueness to attract students. Again we are not saying that the schools should stop presenting their own uniqueness and merge their ideas into one. But what we are saying is that having schools teaching in a splintered system leads to repetitive training in basic methods and hence higher costs to the Bowen student and practitioner. If all of the schools came together under one course of study everyone would gain out of this united structure. The members would be happier in that they would not now need to pay for similar training over and over again from each school and would learn a variety of methods.

The new association could take a fresh look at this method of tactile therapy that is called Bowen Therapy. They could redefine it not only for present purposes but more importantly define where we all want it to go. The schools could then collectively start creating more advanced courses designed to present to the members cutting edge techniques. This together with an annual update of new methods of diagnosis and treatment at conferences by the schools and “grass roots” practitioners will lift the effectiveness of all Bowen therapists up to a higher level.

The new association could fund a research program designed to verify the effectiveness of Bowen therapy using the medical system’s imaging methods of diagnosis and other modern scientific apparatus. The medical world would have no scientific reason for objecting to our work and our status as a health provider would possibly be changed. We may even obtain a new status being recognised as a registered health provider with Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA).


We the undersigned members of the Bowen Association of Australia are expressing our will that the executive of our committee do the following:

1.     That our association resolve their differences with the Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia and unite into one association.

2.     That the new combined association define Bowen therapy and where it is going so that a pathway forward in terms of its future training can be established.

3.     That the new association encourages all of the Bowen schools to unite under one basic course of study resulting in a standardised qualification to the level of a diploma. Each school may continue to be separate, providing their own uniqueness and philosophy to the course.

4.     That cutting edge Bowen methods are made available to members principally through conferences by:

·        Presentations by the schools providing their unique approaches to the members.

·        The grass roots practitioners presenting their new enervations to difficult cases. 

5.     That the new combined association launches into a research program that uses medical imaging techniques and other scientific apparatus to prove objectively the value of Bowen therapy.

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