About ISBT Bowen Therapy
Tom Bowen was regarded as a master of assessment, with a wonderful ability to understand a patient’s condition. It is appropriate that ISBT follows the example he set by teaching assessment skills as a natural part of a course in ISBT-Bowen.
ISBT created a ‘First’ for Bowen Therapy when its work was placed on the referral list for doctors and specialists in the Hong Kong public hospital system.
As of 2016, we have trained over 300 Occupational Therapists in Hong Kong, most of whom work in the public hospital system. And many more therapists of various professions in Hong Kong and Macau have undertaken our training. Three therapists have successfully completed our extensive teacher-training process and a dedicated support group of ISBT trained HK therapists provide assistance in the often very large classes.
Another ISBT first was inclusion of part of our course in the myofascial component of the Masters of Physiotherapy at Aveiro University in Portugal.
I am very happy to offer Bowen module one to any one interested in Australia and Europe during 2020/2021
What is ISBT-Bowen Therapy?
ISBT -Bowen Therapy, named after legendary Australian manual therapist, Thomas Bowen (1916-82), is a myofascial therapy applied to resolve a broad range of physical conditions.
Research is indicating that by gently impacting on the body’s connective tissue network, fascia, in a very specific way, the work is often able to inspire correction of structural and visceral imbalances that can manifest with a wide variety of symptoms. This is usually achieved via gentle singular cross-fibre movements applied by the therapist over specific points on muscles, tendons and ligaments.
With its gentle, minimalist approach to resolving traumatic conditions, it can be used in situations where other therapies may be too invasive.
The philosophy behind ISBT’s approach is based on the osteopathic principle that the structure of the body governs its function. Correcting the structure to improve overall well-being is often the main aim.
Leading The Way
ISBT has supported research projects in Hong Kong, Germany and Portugal.
- A frozen shoulder study undertaken in four Hong Kong hospitals, covering 68 patients, is due to be published. The preliminary results presented at a Hong Kong Hospital Authority conference indicated remarkable results.
- A physiotherapist in Portugal has conducted several ISBT-Bowen Therapy research projects as part of his Masters of Physiotherapy thesis.
- A German qualitative and quantitative study comparing results from a survey with 24 ISBT-Bowen Therapists, covering 103 patients, has been completed. Patients were aged between two months and 90 years. The Poster Presentations were presented at the Fascia Research Congress (Vancouver 2013) and the European Congress for Integrated Medicine (ECIM Florence 2013).
Most treated diagnoses in the study were of orthopedic – neurological origin (83%), 64% were acute cases. Others related to chronic conditions.
Almost half of the patients (45%) had between one and three Bowen treatments and 28% needed 4 – 6 treatments. The treatments were recorded as successful in 87% of cases, with complete freedom of symptoms or significant improvement.
Therapists evaluated ISBT-Bowen Therapy as more effective than other therapies (81%). The quick and sustainable effects were considered unique in comparison to other manual therapeutic approaches.
ISBT -Bowen Therapy is based on the innovative work of Australian manual therapist, Thomas (Tom) Ambrose Bowen (1916-82).
History shows that Bowen was an extremely talented therapist; among the busiest of his time (1960s – ‘80s). His contact with leading body-workers enabled him to develop his manual and assessment skills to an exceptional level.
He was renowned as a most compassionate and extremely generous man. Those fortunate enough to have observed him work also attest to his remarkable ability and diagnostic skills. It is from some of those who observed Bowen that interpretations have been developed and spread around the world.
Selected experienced therapists are invited to participate in ISBT’s scholarship (cost free) training which lasts as long as it takes for the therapist to have a full understanding of methods and requirements.
Extensive in-course training is followed by intensive one-to-one assessments with ISBT Directors. Teacher Trainees then take the lead role in a course with Senior Teachers as ‘assistants’. This ensures teachers develop confidence and skills to match ISBT’s quality requirements.
Once qualified, teachers are required to attend on-going training. This includes all support courses provided by select presenters, covering issues such as working with cancer patients, neurological issues, fascia research and advanced assessment procedures.
ISBT -Bowen Therapy is a stand-alone treatment system or it can be very successfully incorporated with many other modalities.