Bowen therapy is a type of alternative therapy created in Australia in the 1950s by a bodyworker named Tom Bowen. The therapy involves gentle touch using the practitioner's thumbs and fingers and light rolling motions. Bowen therapy is typically done on a treatment table with the client wearing loose clothing.
Proponents of Bowen therapy recommend it for back pain, joint pain, sports injuries and other health conditions, although its effectiveness hasn't been explored in clinical trials. The therapy is considered a form of bodywork but is not massage.