Program Details

Bowenwork practitioners complete Modules 1-7 plus additional business and science courses in order to earn a Professional Bowenwork Practitioner-Level I certificate.

Bowenwork practitioners complete Modules 1-7 plus additional business and science courses in order to earn a Professional Bowenwork Practitioner Level 1 certificate.

Overview of  Modules 1-7

Every module includes demonstrations of each procedure, extensive supervised hands-on practice, and a review of previously taught procedures, along with the following:

  • Detailed explanation of anatomical landmarks and location of moves
  • Explanation of client and practitioner positioning for comfort and safety
  • Discussion of indications and contraindications, appropriate draping, pre-session intake questions, and post-session self-care advice
  • Manuals with detailed notes, photographs, and anatomical diagrams
  • Written assessments and group discussions

Prerequisites: The modules must be taken in sequence, following these timing guidelines: In order to provide enough time for practice, take single modules no closer together than one per month. Or, if taking pairs of modules (e.g., 1&2, 3&4, 5&6), wait at least two months between each pair and the next.

Tuition for Modules 1-6: $430/module (if paid at least 22 days prior to class start date)
Tuition for Module 7: $480 (if paid 22 days prior to class start date)

A $75 administrative fee is collected on the first day of the Module 1 class. This fee covers the cost of adding and maintaining the student’s profile on our website; providing access to digital copies of all training materials and handouts, monthly newsletters; and support from American Bowen Academy’s administrator. After the first year [SUE: don’t you usually waive this until after certification? If so, we should change this to “After certification” or whatever is actually the case], a $40 annual fee is due on the anniversary of the student’s Module 1 class.

Module 1 Contents

-The Bowenwork Move
-Lower Back Procedure
-Upper Back Procedure
-Neck Procedure
-Kidney Procedure
-Head Procedure
-Working with a Client

Module 2 Contents

-Respiratory Procedure
-Shoulder Procedure (with an Assistant)
-Shoulder Procedure (without an Assistant)
-Hamstring Procedure
-Cramp Procedure

Module 3 Contents

-Pelvic Procedure
-Elbow/Wrist Procedure
-Sacral Procedure
-Knee Procedure

Module 4 Contents

-Ankle Procedure (with Strapping)
-Upper Respiratory/TMJ Procedure
-Bowenwork seated
-Procedures for Babies and Children
-Hammer Toe Procedures (with Strapping)
-Bunion Procedure
-Tom Bowen’s Home Remedies

Module 5 Contents

-Coccyx Procedure
-North Procedure (Shoulder)
-East Procedure (Shoulder)
-South Procedure (Shoulder)
-West Procedure (Shoulder)
-Gall Bladder Procedure
-Chest Procedure

Module 6 Contents

-5A & 7A Medially Procedure (Hamstrings)
-Bursitis Procedure
-Recommendations to Assist Conception
-Perineal Procedure
-Bedwetting Procedure
-Thoracic Procedure
-Ossie’s Recommendations

Module 7 Description

Module 7 is a two-day testing module, administered by an assessing instructor.

We highly recommend that you attend a Review Class before taking Module 7.

Module 7 Prerequisites:
Completion of Module 6 at least one month earlier
Completion of 10 case studies and 50 log hours documented by Module 6 instructor

Overview of Additional Required Classes

Additional training needed in order to earn a certificate can consist of classes taken through American Bowen Academy, credits transferred from previous learning, or a combination of both. These additional requirements are:

120 hours of Anatomy and Physiology
6 hours of Workplace Hygiene, Health and Safety
24 hours of Business Skills (or documentation of experience running a private practice)
8 hours of Bodywork Ethics
CPR Certification

Of those requirements, only CPR certification must be obtained elsewhere. American Bowen Academy offers an online class for each of the other four requirements. For a syllabus describing each once, click on its name.

Anatomy and Physiology for Bowenworkers
Business Skills for a Successful Bowenwork Practice
Workplace Hygiene, Health, and Safety
Ethics for the Bowenwork Practitioner

To register into one of those classes, click on Find a Class and then scroll through the pull-down menu until you reach the Optional section. Select the full name of the class you are interested in; click on Search; click on the class name in the search results; complete the form, and click on Register.

The Academy also recommends that students who do not have a bodywork license also take Ruth Werner’s 60-hour online Pathology class. Click here for the class description. To enroll, click on Find a Class and use the pull-down menu to select Pathology Online – 60 hours.

Learn about our Continuing Education program.