Christian Q & A

A Faith Question From A Keen Christian

We have received an enquiry from a keen Christian who wants to know whether Bowen Therapy has anything to do with the New Age movement. It is a great question to ask because it reminds us of being careful about any practice that may contradict our faith. We should beware of being agnostic, egocentric and self-sufficient.

While the short answer to this question is “No”, it is good to know for what reasons they are not related. In the following, we will explain why Bowen Therapy is not part of the New Age movement in three ways: 1. The Bowen Therapy Training Today; 2. The History of Bowen Therapy; and 3. Our Practice and Beliefs.

1. Bowen Therapy Training

The official Bowen Therapy courses in Australia today is Nationally Recognised (10846NAT & 10847NAT), which means the training programs follow the Australian standard for tertiary education. We need to meet similar course requirements as other physical therapies do, which include the completion of Anatomy & Physiology, Research & Case Studies, Legal & Ethical Compliance, WHS, Infection Control, Provide First Aid, Practical Modules plus a record of Logbook practice hours.

The Bowen treatment focuses on the soft connective tissues and the neuromuscular system that impact every part of our body. It involves gentle cross-fibre manoeuvres over the fascia, muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments. The role of the Bowen Therapist is to facilitate rest and relaxation so that symptoms may relieve via the body’s own healing mechanism, as human biology explains. There is no religious or spiritual attachment to the official trainings and course materials.

2. History of Bowen Therapy

Bowen Therapy was named after the late Thomas Ambrose Bowen (1916-1982) by his student, Oswald Rentsch, who documented Tom’s work and began teaching his technique in Australia and worldwide since 1986. Both Tom and Ossie are protestant Christians who had received Jesus as their Saviour and Lord.

Tom was a keen Salvationist who ran a Salvation Army Boys’ Club in his days. He never credited the healing success to himself but frequently stated that it was a “gift from God”. With many testimonies and evidence of people’s health being restored through what Tom did, we believe he had a “gift of healing” by the Holy Spirit as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:9.

To our knowledge, Ossie also would tell his students the gospel of Jesus and give credits to our Creator God for the Bowenwork while he was teaching – although not every student shares the same faith as we do. Nonetheless, the way the Bowen technique works is simply based on the anatomy and physiology of the human body, as other physical therapies would follow.

3. Our Practice and Beliefs

In our practice, we do not promote Bowen Therapy to the point that would supersede the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are certain that our true hope and salvation is in Christ alone and our full restoration only happens when He returns or when we meet Him in Heaven. He is the Way, the Truth, the Life; no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6).

Our mission, as Bowen Therapy practitioners, is to provide health support for people who are in need. If there is any success with the work of our hands, we praise the Lord for using us, for we are convinced that “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.” (Psalm 127:1) If you are interested, you may read Our Welcome Message to our clients and our visiting friends.

Conclusion

We hope you find the above information helpful if you have had the same question before. Should you have any spiritual concerns, our humble advice for you is to find a practitioner who shares the same faith as yours and with whom you feel comfortable to have your treatment.

If you have any further enquiry, please feel free to contact us or send us a message below:

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