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Last Updated Aug 21, 2020

Providing relief and helping the body heal itself are central to working as a Bowen therapist. But before you can launch your career, you'll need to undertake a relevant training course.

This article takes you through the qualifications you need to land the job, as well as where and how you can obtain them.

What is Bowen Therapy?

Bowen therapy is fast gaining popularity as a remedial bodywork technique in Australia. Its gentle, relaxing techniques can treat a wide range of injuries and conditions, as well as emotional disorders and stress.

The Bowen therapist goes to the root of the problem to restore balance to the body and make it function properly. They apply gentle soft tissue release techniques to relieve pain and discomfort, treating all the body systems in the process. Learn more about its benefits in our article, "What is Bowen Therapy?"

What Qualifications Does a Bowen Therapist Need?

There are two ways you can obtain your qualification for Bowen therapy:

  • Certificate IV in Bowen Therapy
  • Diploma of Specialised Bowen Therapy

The certification program, which can take from 12 to 18 months to complete, covers the fundamental structure of the modality and various techniques for treating musculoskeletal problems as well as other conditions. Upon completion of the course, you can start practising Bowen therapy at a professional level. 

The diploma course builds on the knowledge and skills that you've gained from the Bowen certificate program. It's an intensive study focusing on advanced assessment skills and remedial techniques apart from basic healing techniques. This course equips you with the capability to treat more complex health issues and move to a more specialised field.

The length of study for a diploma qualification could last a year or two, depending on whether you study full-time or part-time. Graduates of this course are eligible to apply for membership with the Bowen Association Australia, which maintains the highest standards of education and training for Bowen therapy.

Where Can You Study Bowen Therapy?

When it comes to choosing a training ground for Bowen therapy, you want to enrol in a school whose courses are not only nationally recognised but facilitated by industry experts. Some of the best providers of Bowen therapy education in Australia include:

These reputable institutions offer a blended learning platform that gives their students the flexibility to study at their own pace. A portion of the course, especially one that involves hands-on training, requires classroom training, while the other part is delivered online.

Check our Bowen therapy courses and contact some of the schools to ask about their courses, accreditation and support. Programs and fees vary, so look for a school that matches your budget, lifestyle and career plans.

For more information about becoming a Bowen therapist, view our Bowen therapy articles or speak with a registered Bowen therapist in your area.

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Originally published on Dec 13, 2012

FAQs About Studying Bowen Therapy

What is the Bowen technique used for?

The Bowen technique works on the soft connective tissue of the body to treat injuries and other conditions, including stress and emotional disorders.

How do I learn Bowen Therapy?

Bowen therapy is taught by several Australian colleges. However, it pays to do your research before deciding which school to settle for. Aside from taking your preferred learning method into consideration, see to it that the college and course you choose are nationally accredited and capable of providing the qualifications you need to be registered with a professional association.

How much do Bowen therapists make?

A Bowen therapist in Australia can earn, on average, $63 per hour or $950 a week. Since the majority of Bowen therapy practitioners run their own private practice, they have the option to earn more if they see more clients.

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