FAQ’s About our Training:

What makes Bowen College’s curriculum different than other training?

Bowen College is the only recognized training program for Bowen Therapy as approved by the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners (CEBHCP), Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC), and the International Institute of Complementary Therapies (IICT).

Our training program offers everything you need where your prerequisites, practical training,  practitioner development, and business development can be accessed in one institution. The certification program combines practical training with practitioner development unlike any other Bowen Training available anywhere.

Our mission to get healing into the hands of everyone starts with being the best practitioner you can be. We have placed emphasis on the importance of aligning yourself as a practitioner in our training program, so that, upon completion, you are successful in your practice. The transition from student to a practitioner is an amazing one and we look forward to developing your skills and confidence to make a difference.

How do I get started?
You need to determine how far you would like to take your Bowen Practice:
1) Use Bowen at home to help family and friends
2) Become certified and practice professionally

What do I do first, now that I have registered?

We encourage all newly registered students to take time to explore and familiarize yourself with the Student Course Site so you understand where to find resources and how to connect with your instructor for the course you are taking. I recommend all students start with Reboot Home Care Kit and the Functional Muscle Anatomy course to best prepare you for a Workshop attendance. Some students have reported taking both Functional Muscle Anatomy and Anatomy & Physiology concurrently as beneficial as these courses are complementary in understanding.

Is Bowen therapy covered under 3rd party benefit insurance?

In order to be covered by 3rd party benefit insurance, Bowen must be included in the scope of the practice covered by the
patient’s extended medical.

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Third Party benefit insurance is the insurance a patient may have through work or private insurance that may cover or subsidize the cost of their treatments. Policies differ for each company, and within each company. Policy coverage is negotiated between the insurance company and the corporation they provide coverage to. The practitioners who are covered by their extended medical and can therefore bill Bowen therapy under the scope of their practice are:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Naturopaths
  • Osteopaths
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists/Chiropodists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Massage Therapists
  • Speech Therapists

Some provinces and certain insurance companies have accepted and covered the Bowen treatments under 3rd party insurance, though this practice is not a universal standard as of yet. Many alumni and practitioners have reported that Pacific Blue Cross has covered the treatments in Alberta, and Maritime Medical has covered treatments in Nova Scotia. Furthermore, we have many patients who have been informed that Pacific Blue Cross has covered their treatments in British Columbia.

The best way to find out if a 3rd party insurance company will cover the treatment is to send in the claims and receipts. A consistent level of claims being submitted for the treatment will only strengthen the case for insurance companies to offer coverage for the treatment. Submitting claims for the treatment reinforces the demand for coverage and demonstrates the effectiveness and pervasiveness of Bowen therapy.

Dr. Manon Bolliger has been working on setting a standard for coverage of Bowen Therapy, for the past five years. As Bowen College is an accredited institution by the Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners, it has fulfilled all requirements and currently has a full 1000 hour graduate program, 3rd party insurance companies are looking to us to set the standards in this emerging field.

 

Malpractice liability insurance is the insurance a practitioner must procure and maintain to cover themselves in case of accidental harm they may cause during a treatment. It protects a practitioner from being legally liable for malpractice, injury or negligence.

What is the difference between 3rd party benefit insurance and liability insurance?

Third Party benefit insurance is the insurance a patient may have through work or private insurance.

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Third Party benefit insurance is the insurance a patient may have through work or private insurance that may cover or subsidize the cost of their treatments. Policies differ for each company, and within each company. Policy coverage is negotiated between the insurance company and the corporation they provide coverage to. The practitioners who are covered by their extended medical and can therefore bill Bowen therapy under the scope of their practice are:

  • Acupuncturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Naturopaths
  • Osteopaths
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists/Chiropodists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered Massage Therapists
  • Speech Therapists

Some provinces and certain insurance companies have accepted and covered the Bowen treatments under 3rd party insurance, though this practice is not a universal standard as of yet. Many alumni and practitioners have reported that Pacific Blue Cross has covered the treatments in Alberta, and Maritime Medical has covered treatments in Nova Scotia. Furthermore, we have many patients who have been informed that Pacific Blue Cross has covered their treatments in British Columbia.

The best way to find out if a 3rd party insurance company will cover the treatment is to send in the claims and receipts. A consistent level of claims being submitted for the treatment will only strengthen the case for insurance companies to offer coverage for the treatment. Submitting claims for the treatment reinforces the demand for coverage and demonstrates the effectiveness and pervasiveness of Bowen therapy.

Dr. Manon Bolliger has been working on setting a standard for coverage of Bowen Therapy, for the past five years. As Bowen College is an accredited institution by the Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners, it has fulfilled all requirements and currently has a full 1000 hour graduate program, 3rd party insurance companies are looking to us to set the standards in this emerging field.

 

Malpractice liability insurance is the insurance a practitioner must procure and maintain to cover themselves in case of accidental harm they may cause during a treatment. It protects a practitioner from being legally liable for malpractice, injury or negligence.

How do we operate in Ontario?

The Bowen College Inc. is the only school in Canada approved for their Bowen Therapy Training program and courses by the Canadian Examing Board of Health Care Practitioners (CEBHCP).

What if I fail an online course exam?

It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. Whether you are stressed the day of your exam, distracted due to test anxiety, we understand. Not all things are in our control and some days you just don’t feel it. Bowen College holds no academic penalties for failing an exam. If you missed the minimum by a percentage or less than often the issue of feeling rushed is the cause. If it is by a larger margin we encourage you to go back into your modules and textbooks and review to retain understanding. All students who fail must reach out to their instructors, if they have not already reached out, to assess the areas of the exam for which they struggle. A minimum of a week is given before a student can retake an exam.

What if I fail the practical exam?

Upon successful completion of the certification program online courses and requirements you will need to take your final practical and final written examination to be approved for certification with the CEBHCP who issues the CBHT designation. You will take the practical examination on the last day of your last practical workshop (Healing Accelerator Workshop).

It is rare when someone fails this but it does happen and often because the student has not completed or rushed through their case studies. The importance of practicing your touch and Bowen skills is essential in the successful completion of the program. Without this assessment, you will not get the same results other practitioners will experience. There are no academic penalties however the cost of returning to retake a certification exam is an additional $500USD. We stress to all students to be prepared and complete all necessary components so that you can avoid this fee.

What if I fail the final written exam?

No academic penalties for the written exam are given, however, depending on the degree to which you missed the minimum standing you may be asked to rewrite parts of the exam or the entire exam. An instructor will be in touch with you and a review of where your understanding is missing will be evaluated before a retake is issued. A minimum standing of 75% must be met to qualify for a PASS.

 

Do I have to take the professional development courses for certification?

If you are new to the field of health sciences, or as a practitioner then yes, you are required to complete all the courses and training components as set out by the Bowen College Certification curriculum. They are designed so that you develop as a practitioner and are ready to move forward to be successful in the future.

The only exceptions we have are to those who are seasoned professional practitioners and doctors with 10+ years of successful service in their communities. Please contact [email protected] for a full review of your credentials before registration.

Do I need to be Certified if I only want to work on my friends and family?

If you are looking to learn Bowen Therapy but have no desire to charge money you are allowed to practice on family and friends with their permission. At no time are you allowed to call yourself a Bowen Therapist or charge money as you will not have insurance that covers you for malpractice. Still, many people want to be able to incorporate this into their lifestyle so we offer our 4-day Healing Accelerator Workshop and/or our Reboot Home Care Kit to the public as a way for people to learn the modality without having to get certified.

Can the program be done entirely online?

The program is divided up into two parts, an online component, and a practical component. Bowen therapy is a hands-on modality and therefore the need to have a practical, in-person assessment and training is a necessity in providing you with the best of Bowen Therapy training.

I’ve just moved to Canada from Europe, and have a license obtained there, do I have to do anything to practice in Canada?

Bowen College is the only recognized training program for Bowen Therapy as approved by the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners (CEBHCP), Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC), and the International Institute of Complementary Therapies (IICT). To obtain malpractice insurance for professional use, all transfers from out of Canada must complete the transfer program for Bowen College to be able to practice in Canada.

Can I transfer outside credits?

Yes, Bowen College accepts transfer credits from different institutions around the world. Depending on your training background and where you received your training we honor past practical training in Bowen Therapy towards our certification program. Please contact [email protected] for a full assessment upon registration..

Can I be approved for course exemption if I have taken a prerequisite with another institution?

Yes, you can be as long as you have provided Bowen College with credible credentials for what you have completed and for which you are asking for an exemption. This evaluation is through our Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) and upon approval, you will be expected to take and pass the exam associated with the course. If you are exempt this does not change the course of the program, merely the requirement to complete the course you are looking for PLAR for. If you should fail the exam you will be required to take the course. If you have signed up for only the one course you will be expected to pay the $100USD exam fee and an additional course cost fee if you fail the course. There are no refunds or credits for PLAR fees or assessment.

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If you have received credits from a recognized accredited secondary education institution, like a school for Registered Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy etc., and can provide proof of credits acquired you are exempt from taking the anatomy and physiology courses at Bowen College. Documentation of the completion of these credits is required.

On a case by case basis, Bowen College will accept credits from other Bowen Therapy schools, no matter where your previous training has taken place. If you can provide proof of credits then we are more than excited to have you complete your training with us.

How long does it take to become a Certified Bowen Health Therapist?

The program was designed to be completed for working and busy adults looking to change or add something more to their careers. Therefore, completion is specific to the individual. That being said, the program is designed to have a student complete the entire program in 8 months to a year depending on where they start in the calendar year and how willing they are to travel.

The shortest amount of time recorded to complete has been done in 5 months with the longest stretching 3 years. For everyone, the journey is personal and we encourage all prospective students to talk with someone from our team or registrar to discuss a realistic completion plan of the time you have for study, and availability to travel for the practical training portion.

Do you offer Continuing Education credits?

All of our courses are approved for the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners (CEBHCP) for continuing education credits. Our hands-on training is also approved by the CMTBC, CMTNL, and CONO.

In the United States, our program and courses are recognized by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) for continuing education. You will need to check with individual boards not listed here to be sure you are approved for credit.

How often do I need to take Advanced courses to complete the minimum requirements set by the CEBHCP?

Continuing education credits are needed every three years to keep your certification in good standing with the Canadian Examining Board of Health Care Practitioners (CEBHCP). A minimum of 32 credits is needed with an attestation, sent to the CEBHCP prior to the deadline. All of Bowen College’s Advanced training and workshops are approved for continuing education credit including the business and marketing development program.

I haven’t taken an exam in forever and I’m nervous. Is there anything I can do to best prepare myself for success?

You are not alone, the majority of our graduates are coming from backgrounds where they haven’t taken a course in a long time OR they completed their education decades ago. At Bowen College, we have a minimum standing of 75% to pass any testable portion of the curriculum. The exam can be completed online and is timed. The majority of questions are multiple choice and based on the completed module understanding as outlined in the syllabus and course materials. You have just under 2 minutes per average short answer questions and longer for longer questions or written questions. There has not been anyone in need of more time for the exams. We encourage you to reach out to your instructor before taking the exam to be sure you are ready.

Why did the program change to include more courses?

The program has evolved to include the practitioner development courses as we found many graduates were not using the skills learned in the training program due to a lack of confidence or know how in a clinic setting. As we a Bowen College strive to develop practitioners who are both competent and confident in their abilities we know these courses are essential in making you the best practitioner you can be.

The difference in our practitioners and their development are astounding as they move through the program. If you are a  practitioner who values learning the skills and treating the client and not just the symptoms you will develop a commitment to health and healing not just for yourself but for the communities you serve.

I am a massage therapist in the states, do I get course exemption for anything?

The US and Canada have different requirements for massage therapists. In Canada, the curriculum for a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) is board recognized and is an average of 2-years of training. In the United States, the average length of training is 6-months. You may be applicable for PLAR as outlined in the course exemption question.

Can I travel and do treatments around the world with Bowen Therapy?

Yes! We at Bowen College encourage our graduates to travel and share Bowen therapy treatments with people around the world. We have a Bowen College branch in the UK and are approved by the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) & The Bowen Association UK for CPDs. You are responsible for looking up the courses for which you will receive CPDs.

If you volunteer in an outreach capacity we want to hear from you and your travels. Please be sure to stay in touch through our private for graudates only, Facebook group: Bowen College Community. In addition, all graduates of Bowen College will receive an optional discounted membership to the International Institute of Complementary Therapies (IICT). This membership recognizes you as a Bowen Therapist worldwide, allowing you to travel and practice as you travel. In addition, they offer additional perks for insurance discounts you may find useful.

About Bowen:

Is Bowen like a massage?

No, Bowen is not like massage. It uses much lighter and more specific moves that are enacted onto nerve bundles and meridians. It is more similar to a hand/touch method of acupuncture. Many people mistake a treatment of Bowen Therapy to the likeness of massage, however, they are not the same. The biggest difference, besides the results, is in the delivery of Bowen Therapy compared to massage.

With Bowen Therapy the client/patient will experience significant pauses and breaks between manipulations to allow the body time to receive the new messages/instructions for change. In addition, Bowen Therapy works specifically with the soft tissue (fascia) of the body which lines the entire body and is the delivery system for hydration. The Bowen Therapy moves work with the lymphatic system to allow for detoxification, the parasympathetic system to restore function while decreasing the sympathetically maintained muscle contractions and the propensity for pain loops.

What is the difference between Bowen Therapy, BowenFirstTM, Bowen Technique, Original Bowen etc.?

There are many names given to Bowen Therapy in the world today. This is because at the time of Tom Bowen’s life he trained 6 individuals to take his work into the world after he died. To each of these apprentices he taught different parts of what he had discovered to be a never ending work in progress and to which we now call Bowen Therapy. By sharing his teachings this way, he was, essentially creating a variation of his work from different perspectives.

What we hear of now as the, “Original Bowen” is actually just a different way of teaching the material and not a difference in the moves. Bowen College has taken training a step further in showing students how to put treatments together until which time this comes naturally to them as practitioners. In addition to this, students get a chance to receive treatment and learn all the moves as they work together and not in their separate components. The results of this have allowed students to gain more treatment practice focusing on the application of Bowen Therapy making a lasting difference to the client/patient.

I read everywhere about fascia and fascia work…what exactly is this?

Whether you are new to health sciences or have been well versed in the different components that make up our bodies system, you may have heard this term used in addition to “tissue”, or “matrix”. Put simply, fascia refers to the connective tissue (often referred to as soft tissue) that covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain, and spinal cord.

This connective tissue is exactly as it states it is, “connected”, it is our own bodies interconnected web of communication that connects our parts as a whole. Fascia is thought to be responsible for the optimal health and flow of blood as well as the delivery mechanism for hydration throughout the body. Currently, research on the fascia is behind due to traditional medical training teaching this as a crystalline structure where we now know it is not true. The fascia of the body is our own natural, internal protection, a true “superhero” to the optimal function of the body. It is thought that Bowen Therapy addresses fascial restriction and allows for increased circulation and detoxification working alongside the nervous and lymphatic system.

I read everywhere about fascia and fascia work…what exactly is this?

 

Whether you are new to health sciences or have been well versed in the different components that make up our bodies system, you may have heard this term used in addition to “tissue”, or “matrix”. Put simply, fascia refers to the connective tissue (often referred to as soft tissue) that covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord. This connective tissue is exactly as it states it is, “connected”, it is our own bodies interconnected web of communication that connects our parts as a whole. Fascia is thought to be responsible for the optimal health and flow of blood as well as the delivery mechanism for hydration throughout the body. Currently, research on fascia is behind due to traditional medical training teaching this as a crystalline structure where we now know it is not true. The fascia of the body is our own natural, internal protection, a true “superhero” to the optimal function of the body. It is thought that Bowen Therapy addresses fascial restriction and allows for increased circulation and detoxification working alongside the nervous and lymphatic system.

Can you use Bowen with other modalities like massage and acupuncture? Bowen Therapy is most effective when used alone to address the concern of interest. With this in mind, other modalities such as massage, reiki, acupuncture, (to name a few) are benefited by Bowen Therapies powerful effect on the body. This allows practitioners who specialize in different modalities in their practices to integrate Bowen Therapy into their practices safely and effectively.  

Is there a minimum charge for a Bowen treatment once I have graduated?

Yes, all Bowen Practitioners are expected to stay within the average range for a Bowen Therapy treatment as set by the standards of the CEBHCP and various other modalities. This is important because having variable costs associated with Bowen Therapy can cause a lack of credibility to the training of an individual practitioner.

The minimum cost for an initial cost for treatment is: $100.00

The minimum for a followup treatment cost is: $80.00

The maximum as recorded by some practitioners and is very rare but heard of is over $300/visit. This is subject to the practitioner reputation, professional standing (clinic success), results and how long they have been in practice. This does not limit practitioners to run temporary specials or give their time freely in volunteer settings.

I saw a Bowen Therapist once and it didn’t do anything, was I supposed to feel something?

We have heard this comment in the past, however, not from the graduates we have trained. It is difficult to determine what is happening in your body when being treated. What may be a subtle shift can often go unnoticed. Keep in mind, no two practitioners are equal and no two patients/clients are alike.

It is important you feel a connection to your practitioner and are open and willing to commit your time to them to get results. Where one person may feel and see immediate results in 1 session, it is not uncommon for people to need an average of up to 4 visits to start feeling the effects. This is often due to the severity of the issue or condition. Whether or not there are old injuries that need to be addressed before the injury at hand is addressed. Often people will not realize they have experienced a shift but have described a small series of changes not understanding this is the framework for the work being done.

About Bowen College:

What is Bowen College’s refund policy?

There are no refunds to registered advanced or regular classes. In case of emergency we will credit the workshop to a future date of your convenience. You can read more about the refund policies by following the link below.

Do you have a payment plan?

We do not recommend payment plans as the fees are expensive. Instead, we recommend you talk with an advisor from our team to discuss payment options to avoid these fees. Please contact [email protected] or schedule a call.

What if a class gets cancelled?
If the college must cancel a class, the college is required to notify all students registered at least two weeks before the class.