SMART BOWEN® Therapy is Brian Smart’s expanded interpretation of the Bowen technique he learnt in 1992. His learning was based on the works of the late Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982) of Geelong in Victoria, Australia.
As far back as 1975, Brian has worked with the human body as a Football Trainer, Ambulance volunteer then Advance Ambulance Officer, Remedial Massage and Bowen Therapist, learning Trigger Point Therapy, Stretching Techniques and Aromatherapy along the way. It was in the later period of Brian’s learning of the Bowen technique that he became interested in eastern health philosophies such as acupuncture and acupressure, becoming aware of the co-relationship of these two techniques and that of Bowen. This became the starting point for his continued research.
When Brian first learnt the Bowen technique, there were no theories put forward as to how the technique worked, it was unfortunate that just before Tom Bowen passed he was noted to have said to one of his students ‘I have taught you 10% of what I know, the rest is up to you’! This was clearly evident in the similar passing on of limited knowledge to Brian and fellow students and when their instructor was questioned about why they were being taught to do things in a certain way, the common and simple response was ‘because that’s the way Tom Bowen did it’.
Frustrated and with a keen desire to know more, Brian began experimenting by combining principles from other modalities that he had learnt and had studied, and in due course he disclosed a very dynamic interpretation of Bowen, which has proven to be extremely effective with the test of time in clinical practice. Physical problems that were previously difficult to overcome with limited training and explanation soon began responding positively and rapidly with this developmental work. During his years of extensive research, Brian has gained valuable insight and understanding to some of the theories which make Bowen Therapy the unique and effective modality that it is today.
The development of the equine and small animal (now renamed the ‘Canine Program), began when treating his farm dogs and those of other peoples for a range of complaints. Shortly, there-after Brian was approached by a friend ‘Tom Kelman’ who came to him for assistance having just learnt the Bowen technique on horses from another school, but was having difficulty applying it successfully. During a two year process that ensued, and with the close assistance of a veterinarian, Brian with Tom’s help began to cross apply all his knowledge gained over the years having developed the human side, to that of horses with equal and resounding success.