The Bowen Technique was pioneered in Australia by Tom Bowen in the 1950s. Tom had no formal training or qualifications in any therapeutic background. He was completely self taught yet was one of the busiest and most effective therapists of his generation.

Working in a cement factory in Geelong, south west of Melbourne, he started by holding clinics in the evenings, treating fellow workers and friends. Soon word spread of Tom's ability to heal with this technique and he soon started treating full time. He was reportedly treating 13,000 people per year at one point with the majority only requiring a couple of sessions to correct their problem.

This technique involves rolling moves over muscles using the fingers/thumbs with what is described as “eye-ball pressure”. This helps release lines of strain through the body which allows the body to readjust and rebalance itself.