A Bowen Home Companion —Volumes I and II
by Gene Dobkin
Thousands Sold Worldwide
Not Available in Stores
A Best-Selling Underground Classic for sixteen Years
The various Bowen-derived techniques are not generally taught as home-study courses, and for a number of good reasons. But don’t let it be said that there’s nothing to read about the theory and practice of Tom Bowen’s work.
While Gene Dobkin was a prominent instructor with the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia® (BTAA) (Bowtech®), he began a companion text to supplement the training manual.
This seemed necessary — so many students found the the standard- issue manual to be inadequate and confusing, as if protecting it from plagiarism was more important than clarity. The project took on a life of its own, turning into two volumes. Volume I is more technical, with varieties of description and some outrageous graphics. Volume II is broader with deeper explanations of underlying physiology and philosophy, the how’s and why’s, cross-references to other systems, marketing and client communication issues — even a short history of alternative vs standard medicine.
At the time, the books received the highest respect and approval from all levels of the Academy, students, and colleagues . After Gene left the Bowen Academy to work with other Bowen systems, the official approval was, understandably, rescinded. But Bowtech® students, many Instructors, and countless others have continued to depend on A Bowen Home Companion, as supplement to or substitute for the official Bowen texts. (It is said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — Official and amateur Bowen websites still quote extensively from A Bowen Home Companion.) By now, these books have been through several printings, and are currently in use in 15 countries worldwide.
Let us be clear the the books are not about how to do Neural Touch™. Nor do they reflect Mr. Dobkin’s current understanding of the historical and therapeutic underpinnings of Tom Bowen’s legacy. The Bowen Home Companion books were specifically designed to illuminate and expand upon an earlier, somewhat more austere interpretation of Tom Bowen’s work, albeit one that has considerable healing potential and an extensive following. Certainly no book is quite the same as taking a class, but these will bring you quite a ways along.
A Bowen Home Companion. It has provided a basis and foundation for decades modern courses and classes. add it to any older or newer therapeutic techniques you study or recall from other systems.
Cost of the books is $50 US per volume plus shipping and handling.(The price has not increased in 16 years!)
Gene Dobkin, one of our seminar instructors of the Bowen Academy of Australia is an exceptionally talented writer. Gene has painstakingly compiled a wealth of valuable information for the experienced Bowen Therapist. Well done Gene, enriching and enjoyable.
—OSSIE RENTSCH, Founder, BTAA
Information rich and very practical. The Bowen Home Companion will help you further your understanding and become a better and more successful practitioner. It covers useful topics that, because of lack of time, are usually not addressed during seminars. I will recommend it without hesitation to all my students.
—PATRIK ROUSSELOT, PT, BTAA Instructor, U.S.A.
An amazing collection of wit, wisdom, and insight into the most powerful modality at your fingertips.
—ALASTAIR McGLOUGHLIN, BTAA Instructor, U.K.
They’re really good. I wish the book that they hand out in classes was as detailed as this — had as much thought put into it. But these are great. I’ll use them quite a bit.
Clear, concise and descriptive in its presentation. The weaving of philosophy, perspectives and humor makes this manual more than just a technical presentation. Gene Dobkin understands the wholistic approach to health and well being. A must for the serious Bowen practitioner.
—PRUDENCE BROADWELL, ND, L.Ac., BTAA Instructor, U.S.A.
Many thanks for the prompt dispatch of Volumes I & II of the Bowen Home Companion. They are excellent, lots of useful information and written with a great sense of humor!
—MAUREEN PRITCHARD, BTAA Student, U.K.
BRAVO! Outstanding! and congratulations. What a monumental effort you made — and the passion and love you feel for this work shines through. Brilliant! Thank you.
— LAUREN GIANNINI, BTAA Student, U.S.A.
I received the Companions on Monday and just can’t put them down. At first I flipped through and thought, better make a start at the beginning a.s.a.p. after my days treatments. I stayed up until 1:00 am; I just couldn’t get my nose out of Vol I. This is sheer brilliance!
Then I found I was having ‘just a quick look” in the 2 minute breaks to see if there was anything I could add/subtract/better. With being the only Bowen practitioner in my area at present, I have no one to talk to that can speak the same Bowen language. Even the dog has got fed up with me. So now I know why you called it the Home Companion.
Anyway, I am so excited by these books and further reading in the back to progress, well, I simply can’t wait to get back to them and had to tell you.
—ELAINE GINGER, BTAA Student, U.K.
Many years of study, practice, and teaching have been distilled for you into these two highly readable and entertaining manuals. They are references you’ll use for years to come.
- vi +165 pages — 8 1/2 x 11 inch format, with section tabs and easy-open spiral binding
- Precise, Plain English descriptions of all basic moves, routines and exercises
- Three technique sections: Quick Reference, Expanded Descriptions, and Commentary
- 95 Hands-on-Body, photographic illustrations, with deep structures indicated
- “Painless Anatomy” presented in references, theories, and lore
- vi + 135 pages — 8 1/2 x 11 inch format
- Client management and communication skills
- Assessment and treatment protocols
- Building or expanding your practice. Explaining Bowen to strangers
- Where Bowen fits into the medical world
- Bowen and “energy.” Basic dowsing, surrogate work, and chakras
- Politics, Sex, and Religion from a Bowen perspective
- Bowen points correlated with vital points form other healing traditions