World leaders in Bowen Training for 25 years


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World leaders in Bowen Training for 25 years

Julian Baker brought the Bowen Technique to the UK in 1993 and started training students full time in 1994, creating The European College of Bowen Studies in 1998.  Since that time The College has grown to be the most successful and forward thinking training of The Bowen Technique in the world. Julian Baker is at the forefront of the understanding of Bowen, Fascia and manual therapy and developed the module training system now in use by most schools. His dissection classes under the banner of Functional Fascia, have transformed anatomical learning for manual therapists around the world. 

Training with CBS will not only give you a superb grounding in this amazing technique, but also a clear theoretical and scientific understanding of what you are doing and why. CBS offers an extended post graduate training schedule, giving a wide range of courses to widen your interest and refresh your training. CBS is without doubt the lead Bowen Trainer in Europe today.  


Our Story

The College of Bowen Studies has been providing outstanding practitioner training across Europe for 25 years. Our unique approach and persistent presence in the field of complementary medicine has brought us to the forefront of therapy training in the UK.

Our informal, accessible courses allow students to explore this gentle and non-invasive, hands on technique in a way that will allow them to reliably and confidently apply their training to help others.

The Bowen Technique

What is Bowen?

The Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique is a gentle therapy that is applied to areas of the body, using thumbs and fingers in a specific process or order.

The move is a rolling-type move of the thumbs and forefingers, and is designed to stimulate nerve pathways which allow a ‘conversation’ to take place between different nervous systems of the body.  Between each set of moves, the therapist leaves the room to allow the communication process to take place.  These breaks increase the effectiveness of each subsequent set of moves.

The move does not slide or flick over the surface of the skin, but uses the slack in the overlying skin to move over the underlying tissue, so each move covers a small area, defined by how far an individual’s skin can move over a targeted area.

Bowen is very gentle and suitable for all ages.


The CBS 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’.

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CBS has trained professional practitioners all over the UK and Europe to help you.

All these practitioners are fully qualified and attend regular development courses to keep them up to speed with new ideas and approaches to the Bowen Technique.

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Find out what our practitioners, students and patients have to say about the Bowen Technique and how they utilise their skills.

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“The thing that I love about my job is when the person on my couch responds and they don’t even realise until they get up off the couch!”

Tina Machell, Occupational Therapist

“Day one inspired me to be grateful for such a gift from Tom Bowen. Each day I am enriched supporting people to feel healthy and happy.”

Joanne Hewitt, Lecturer at University of Lincoln

“I love having the amazing tool at my fingertips! I especially love being able to help my family with their aches and pains.”

Liz Blythe, Practitioner at UWE