Thomas Ambrose Bowen was born in 1916 in Geelong, Australia. He held labouring jobs as a young man, then developed a great interest in body work. He pioneered his technique on the belief that if the body is given the right information and the right environment, there is little it cannot heal itself of. By the time he was in his 40s, this gifted man had established a full time practice in remedial therapy, using the technique he had developed.
In 1978, when interviewed by a parliamentary committee looking into complementary medicine, Thomas Bowen stated, under oath, that aided by an assistant and a receptionist he treated about 280 patients per week, of whom 88% only required two or three treatments. Tom Bowen died in the early 1980s and today there are a number of flourishing therapies based on his work.