Thomas Ambrose Bowen

Thomas Ambrose Bowen

There has been much written on the subject of Tom Bowen by various people. According to Mr. Bowen’s daughters, many of those accounts are inaccurate and probably tailored to meet the needs of the writer. The information provided here is from two letters. One was written by Pam Trigg and Heather Edmonds, Tom’s daughters and the other from Dr. Kevin Ryan, a former student of Mr. Bowen.

Tom Bowen, an Australian Osteopath, was a gentle, generous, compassionate man who gave freely of his talent, time and money. He would help anyone who was in need and often treated his patients for free if he felt they were in financial difficulties. He seemed to have a “knack” for seeing imbalances in the body and knowing how to correct the problem. Mr. Bowen constantly studied a variety of medical and osteopathic texts. He was always seeking better and more effective ways to relieve his patients of their ailments.

He treated children with disabilities free and spent an enormous amount of time with them and their parents. He spent every Saturday night treating players from various football teams for as many hours as it took to help them recover from their injuries.

Tom Bowen also ran a free clinic one Saturday morning a month where he would treat up to twenty disabled children and adults. He felt working with the disabled was his most rewarding work and requested Dr. Ryan maintain his clinic after his death. Dr. Ryan reportedly kept the free clinic open for twelve years following Mr. Bowen’s death.

Tom Bowen taught his students in “apprentice” style and only taught six people. Four of the six were chiropractors. Dr. Ryan was his last student before his death. According to Dr. Ryan and Tom’s daughters there were no others that learned directly from Mr. Bowen.

The Bowen Method is a unique and effective system of body balancing that can give lasting relief to conditions from back and leg pain to carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches. The results of Tom Bowen’s work speak clearly to its effectiveness.