Bowen therapy courses

If you need directions please contact Zirkia on 083 556 3345

Cape Town

you need directions please contact Jean on 021 712 7853 or 082 707 8528


Advanced courses are called SBP1. Practitioners who are doing the course for the first time must have done Module 8 to qualify. The course has to be repeated before certificates are issued. A written assessment is done on the second course.

Any member who has a Certificate for SBP1 is welcome to attend one or both days for CPD points as refreshers. Cost for 2014, R 400 per day.

Additional courses by overseas instructors

The course in The Original Bowen Technique is being offered in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg

About the course

This course is taught Internationally and accredited by the Academy in Australia. The original work was developed by Mr. Tom Bowen and documented by Ossie and Elaine Rentsh who have made it their life's work to introduce the Bowen Technique to the world.

Bowen is especially effective for the relief of musculo-skeletal disorders from frozen shoulder, sciatica and sports injuries - headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries. A wide range of digestive disturbances respond well, including colic and reflux. Respiratory and hormonal disorders also respond well. Emotional stress, pregnancy related issues and childhood problems like bedwetting and growing pains are also effectively addressed.

The course is very practical and hands-on. Classes are kept small. Each module is taught over a weekend. Module 7 is the Accreditation Module.

About your instructors

Jean Nortje, our Association President and senior instructor, was born and bred in Kenya. She left Kenya in 1960 to become a nurse and midwife in South Africa, a career that spanned over 35 years. The eldest of 5 children, Jean has always been a natural nurturer. After a failed frozen shoulder operation in 2000, she embarked on a new career doing Bowen Therapy. While investigating complementary Modalities she heard a talk about Bowen and was hooked. She says it's the second best career decision she ever made and it has taken her to Australia and the UK for Instructor training and advanced work.

Jean has been practising Bowen for over 11 years and has been an instructor and the president of the Association for going on 7 years. She has been happily married for over 43 years and has two sons and two grandchildren. Residing in Kreupelbosch, Cape Town, she likes to spend her time off doing gardening, needlework and reading.

Jean's favourite Bowen is the Pelvic Procedure, because it often balances the whole body and most people need it. She also finds it the best starting point when treating a client for the first time.

Zirkia Fourie has been a enthusiastic Bowen practitioner since late 2002 and a trainer since December 2010. She lives in Northcliffe in Johannesburg with her 2 dogs and 4

cats. Zirkia's favourite Bowen move is Lower Respiratory and BRM3, move 3&4 as this move has a profound effect on calming of humans and animals alike.

Zirkia has 3 children, two boys and a girl. One lives in Australia. She is also a proud grandmother to two grandchildren and loves to spend time with her family both in South Africa and overseas.

While Zirkia works primarily on human clients, she also does a lot of Bowen treatments on cattle in the Northern Cape, to prepare them for shows. Bowen helps their coats to shine and encourages them to be more at ease with other animals in the ring.

Her pet hate is computers and she doesn't make much use them as she, in her words, "kills" them.

Claire van Aardt is a Personal Trainer in Swakopmund, Namibia. For the past 10 years, she has been running her own Wellness Centre that includes a private gym and indoor pool.

Claire has specialised in Aqua/Hydro Therapy for rehabilitation from injuries and operations. She uses special water based exercises. She is a fitness fanatic and has taken part in ultra distance events such as the Ironman Triathlon and the 24 hr Desert Dash Mountain Bike Challenge.

She has been a Bowen Therapist for 8 years and is an accredited Bowen instructor. She is a member of the South African Bowen Association that is affiliated to the Bowtech Academy in Australia.

Sean Johnson is a full time Bowen practitioner and instructor from Johannesburg. He is passionate about spreading the art of Bowenwork because he believes everybody is better with Bowen. Sean will be running the courses in Port Elizabeth and Durban.

Sean played professional rugby in South Africa for 6 years for the Pumas and Valke. But it was before this, while he was playing in Australia, that he first heard about Bowen. He did not experience Bowen at that stage and it was only later, after a traumatic event threatened his rugby career, that Bowen found him.

When he came back to SA, he joined the Pumas. In 2006, in his 2nd year with the team, a herniated disc threatened to end his playing days.

"The surgeon wanted to fuse my vertebrae" tells Sean. "I tried everything and eventually ended up at Zirkia's rooms. During the treatment I thought I was wasting my time and money with this Soft touch therapy and the practitioner leaving the room all the time. After my first treatment I got off the bed and was feeling so much better that I needed to study and understand how this Bowen stuff works."

Sean retired from rugby 4 years later with 69 provincial caps. He is now involved full time with Bowen. Recently he returned to Johannesburg with his wife, Candice and his little boy (Lake), with a 2nd baby on the way.

Payment Details

Deposits are to be made into the Bowen Association Account and proof of payment sent to Marion Coetzee via email or fax

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