The E.C.B.S. training course format provides students with in-depth tuition, hands-on supervision and ample time and opportunity for detailed study of the Bowen Technique.
Our courses are all highly practical and very ‘hands-on’. Class sizes are deliberately kept small to ensure you receive a high level of teacher supervision whilst you practise the moves with your fellow students.
Our policy is to support you at all times. Between courses, teachers and office staff are available for help and advice.
The course is spread over a minimum period of nine months, although you can take longer if you wish. There are five modules, all of which must be completed.
We encourage you to complete the course at a pace that suits you to ensure you gain maximum skills and confidence. Each module can be taken with any teacher in any venue that suits you. While the entire course of study could be completed in a MINIMUM of nine months, this is dependent upon availability of dates and venues.
Although there is no entry-level requirement for attending the course, a good grounding in anatomy would be useful. The course is taught referring to muscles and their Latin names. If you would like to do some optional pre-course reading, we can recommend any of the book titles from the 'Trail Guide to the Body' series by Andrew Biel. Click here for our suggestions:
If you prefer to work from a PC or Mac there is superb 3D anatomy software. For a free trial go to www.primalpictures.com
Password: Bowen Username: anatomy.
This software is easy to use and brings the body to life.
For specific Bowen reading we suggest The Bowen Technique book and/or Bowen Unravelled, both by Julian Baker.
Part One in the Bowen Technique will give you a solid grounding in the theory
and practice of the technique. It gives you clear and detailed instruction,
visual demonstration, anecdotal information and, most importantly, plenty of
supervised hands-on experience. Your course manuals are superb; they are detailed,
colour-illustrated and user-friendly and designed to be used for independent
Upon completion of Part One, you
will have the skills to perform a complete body treatment that will enable you
to continue your learning through independent practice. To
establish a level of understanding and proficiency, you will record ten case history treatments (40 sessions – 10 people x 4 treatments
each) prior to Part Three.
By the end of Part One, you will have covered:
Lower Back and Leg Procedures
Back and Neck Procedures
Elbow, Wrist & Knee Procedure
"I like the presentation of the training manuals, (very student-friendly layout), the diagrams and the size of print (so easy to read and follow). Most of all, I liked the intros and summaries which provide the additional knowledge and explanations."
Part Two aims to ensure that your knowledge of the basic moves is solid. By this stage, you will have gained some experience through the practice of the technique and Part Two will build on and refine this. At this point in the course, you will be in the process of compiling the case histories, so assistance and discussion will also focus on this.
There is a minimum interval of four
months between Part One and Part Three. The submission of your 10 client case
histories, four weeks before commencing this level, is a course
requirement for attending Part Three. These receive a written evaluation,
providing guidance and suggestions for improvement, where required.
Part Three teaches additional procedures. Up until now, the procedures learned have dealt primarily with the structural aspects of the body. Part Three expands on this as well as introducing procedures that focus more on the organic and energetic systems.
By the end of Part Three, you will have covered:
Respiratory and Diaphragm Procedure
Temporo Mandibular Joint Procedure
After Part Three, you will undertake another ten treatments (30 sessions – 10 people x 3 treatments + 1 follow up each). These will be submitted prior to attending Part Five.
Part Four revises the Bowen moves covered in Part Three and aims to consolidate
all the moves you have learnt so far. You will have the opportunity to
discuss your case histories and ensure that any questions you have are fully
This level includes the Assessment
The submission of 10 more client case histories (30 treatments) is a pre-course requirement. These receive a written evaluation and form part of the final assessment.
Part Five reviews and practises all work covered. Students often comment that this is the module where everything seems to fall into place.
- Part Five is offered in a number of regional venues and therefore will not necessarily be the same venue as the previous levels of training.
- The course dates & venues for Part Five are given to you during Part Three. If you require these dates sooner you may contact Head Office.
- A level of competency is required before attending Part Five. To achieve this, you will be informally assessed by your teacher during Part Three and/or Part Four.
"I was really nervous about doing Part 5 and meeting Julian! How wrong was I?! Julian explained in great detail all of the procedures and really pulled together all the training we had had so far. I couldn't understand how Part 5 put the whole thing together, now I see it really does make everything clearer. In fact it was fun and informative." Tracy S.
The ECBS Certificate of Proficiency in the Bowen Technique is awarded upon successful completion of Part Five.