What is Bowenwork®?

Bowenwork is among the most gentle forms of bodywork for both clients and practitioners.  It is a holistic, soft-tissue technique that relaxes and returns the body to its natural healing state.  Its gentle, non-invasive nature is the key to its success!  Bowenwork can be used with the aged and infirmed and with babies.  It can also be used with pregnant women, highly trained athletes, and more!

Each person responds differently to a Bowenwork session.  Often a person's body begins to respond almost immediately.  In most cases, after only a few moves, healing can begin on the physical, mental, emotional, and energetic levels.

Bowenwork Classes

Are you interested in learning Bowenwork?  Bowenwork is great for both the beginner and the seasoned professional.  It is easy to learn.  You can work on yourself as well as others.  It is also one of the least demanding forms of bodywork on the practitioner’s body.  It’s easy to apply, and no special equipment is required!  The work is performed through clothing.  No lotions or oils are used.  Also, no previous bodywork or anatomy experience is necessary to learn Bowenwork!

Jo Ann feels that individualized training is the best way to learn, so she keeps her classes small.  Jo Ann works with each student’s learning style to make Bowenwork easy to learn.  Jo Ann’s teaching style is to have fun while learning this amazing bodywork!

Introductory Bowenwork class (4 hours) provides a way to explore Bowenwork for the first time and see if the technique is right for you.  In the introductory class, you will learn to apply key elements of Bowenwork to different parts of the body in order to:

  • Ease breathing difficulties
  • Relieve muscle tension, joint pain or stiffness
  • Ease heartburn, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal complaints
  • Relieve neck, back and knee pain
  • Address injuries

To register for the Introductory Bowenwork class, please contact Jo Ann at (408) 891-4383 or at [email protected].

Bowenwork Certification Program consists of seven modules (16 hours each) and provides a much deeper understanding of Bowenwork.  To earn a Professional Bowenwork Practitioner certificate,  Bowenwork practitioners must complete Modules 1-7, plus additional business and science classes.

Each class includes demonstrations of each procedure; detailed explanation of anatomical landmarks and location of moves; extensive supervised hands-on practice; discussion of indications and contraindications; and a manual with detailed notes, photographs and anatomical diagrams.

For more details about the Certification Program, please click here.  Please register for module classes at the American Bowen Academy website.  Select Jo Ann Mason as the Instructor, and then press Select.

From the practitioner perspective, two of the primary benefits of Bowenwork are its gentle application, and the ability to see multiple clients or patients at one time.  In addition to learning how Bowenwork can support you and enhance your practice, the following professionals earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)* while learning Bowenwork:

  • Massage and Bodywork Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Fitness Trainers
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Medical Doctors
  • Naturopathic Physicians
  • Doctors of Chiropractic
  • Licensed Acupuncturists

* American Bowen Academy is recognized as an approved continuing education provider by American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA - Provider #7074), California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP15344) and National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB - Provider #393313-00).  American Bowen Academy is recognized as a Professional Development Provider by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (PDP-BOW).

Please call (408) 891-4383 to schedule an appointment or to register for classes.