Affiliated Tutors and Friends of the College
Bowen College brings together a huge resource collectively of tutors and lecturers in the healing art and sciences of anatomy and the human form in relation to Bowen Therapy. Our affiliated tutors are practicing and teaching across the country and around the world and are dedicated, passionate and truly flexible in their approach to education.
Dr. Manon Bolliger ND
Dr. Manon Bolliger helps her patients discover that health is freedom, not only on a physical level, but on an emotional, mental and spiritual level as well.
Recognised for her level of expertise, and passion for healing, she has become one of Canada’s leading classical homeopaths and BowenFirst™ practitioners.
During the past two decades, Dr. Bolliger has helped thousands of patients, from all walks of life to heal themselves, ranging from rural farmers in Nova Scotia, corporate CEOs in Toronto to Tri-Athletes in BC.
Throughout her career, Dr. Bolliger has honed and diversified her skills, teaching and training students in health care and pain relief, while creating a healing movement that embraces symptoms, as opposed to fighting them. A collaborative doctor-patient relationship is key to her healing approach.
She helps each patient understand the vital role they have to play in their own unique healing process, so they can go beyond the diagnosis, to experience true health.
“BowenFirst Therapy serves as a vehicle to empower people in their own experiences through their bodies and their limitless capacity to transform and heal – all the while acknowledging their own contexts, their experiences and exploring their mindsets for health.”
In 2007, she founded Bowen College, the first Canadian college of its type to embrace and enhance the legacy of Tom Bowen, offering Bowen therapy courses and certification, around the world. “Our purpose is to inspire and educate practitioners and the general public to trust in the wisdom of the body by offering an approach that is gentle, effective, and safe for pain and stress elimination.”
From this background he has created his own unique way of working and ‘seeing’ which he incorporates into his teachings, trainings and practices, where students learn techniques and methods of training that bring long term results to the feel, movement and look of the body. This has culminated in a movement Training called ‘Myofascial Movement Training’; this training has profound effects for movement professionals of any modality, including Team GB athletes.
Gary started the Natural Bodies Centre in 1991 to teach, train and encourage kinesthetic awareness. Fascial Movement practises ease of movement, efficient body use in exercise, sport and many movement disciplines which can bring a renewed sense of health and vitality into everyday life through revolutionised personal training techniques, Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonics, Martial Arts and Fascial Movement practices.
After graduating with the KMI school in 2001, Gary co-taught with Tom Myers on Anatomy Trains courses in the UK and USA. He has studied in Shiatsu, Chi Kung & Chi Ne Tsang, CranioSacral Therapy and Yoga Teacher Training, along with Dissection studies with Gil Hedley and at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna with Todd Garcia.
Over the past 15 years he has lectured in Movement Anatomy and Fascial Anatomy for Yoga, Yoga teacher trainings, Pilates teacher trainings and massage schools, Hospital Physiotherapists, Dance Trainings and Martial Arts trainings all over the UK and Ireland. He has also run several Yoga teacher trainings and continues to run his highly acclaimed Anatomy & Myofascial yoga and Pilates courses in England, Scotland, Ireland and Europe.
Tanya is a skilled and experienced Functional Movement Coach and Complementary Therapist.
With a degree in horticulture over a decade working with clients for a cooperative care company including time as a director, Tanya Couldwell has been interested in biological systems, growth and the human spirit since the beginning of her working career.
Having spent nearly fifteen years in the health food industry alongside a busy complementary therapy business, Tanya’s body work skills bring a wealth of valuable knowledge to her work in the fitness training arena.
As an Olympic lifting coach and also a keen gymnast herself, Tanya has been able to embody a functional training lifestyle. She receives regular and varied treatments to complement her own training regime, embracing the preventative and remedial benefits that this can bring. Her success (and that of her clients) demonstrates actual proof of how functional fitness alongside a sound approach to holistic treatment can not only avoid injury but also improve performance.
Being a keen surfer Matt spent the next 10 years split between travelling the world and working within the core disciplines of physiotherapy.
He gained the most experience in Palliative care helping patients with complex physical, emotional and spiritual needs alongside working at a private musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice.
In 2009 Matt trained with Bowtech and in 2010 trained as an Emmett Technique therapist.
He set up his own private practice in 2010 and has worked full time ever since using a combination of structural bodywork, kinesiology and functional movement, helping patients with a wide range of conditions. In 2017 following a significant number of hours being mentored by Graham Pennington Matt taught his first IOS workshop and continues to teach throughout Europe.
Matts qualifications include:
BSc Physiotherapy, foundation Acupuncture, Dip Kinesio-taping, Bowen Technique, Emmett Technique, Neurolink Practitioner and Anatomy in Motion.
John owns and runs the College of Applied Myo Skeletal therapy.
Applied Myoskeletal Soft-Tissue Therapy (AMT), developed by John. an Australian Soft-tissue Therapist, is a gentle, relaxing, and effective, non-oil, soft-tissue therapy for the assessment, treatment, and management of soft tissue injury, pain and dysfunction of the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
It contains transverse soft- tissue moves, along with a wide variety of muscle releases involving various sustained holds to treat soft-tissue dysfunction.
AMT represents the development of more than fifteen years research and clinical experience and incorporates many safe and gentle methods that are not taught elsewhere.
Designed as a postgraduate course, AMT is a valuable complement to all therapies, including Bowen Therapy, Remedial Massage and its variations, Kinesiology, CranioSacral Therapy, Positional Release Technique, Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Physiotherapy without undermining the principles of any modality.
John’s qualifications include:
Cert. IV Training & Assessment, Diploma Remedial Massage, Diploma Bowen Therapy, Soft-Tissue Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Positional Release Technique and Visceral Manipulation. John lives in Gold Coast, Queensland
David Howells DC (OCC). Cert.Ed. MAMCST. MBTPA
David has taught The Bowen Technique since 1996 in both the UK and abroad, he is one of the most experienced teachers and busiest practitioners in the UK.
David Howells was born in South Wales and grew up on his family’s farm. He initially began his career in agriculture and in 1979 he qualified as a teacher in further education at Birmingham University. Expanding his teaching into other agricultural and further educational colleges he eventually gained the prestigious post of Director of Agricultural studies at an Oxford college.
After sustaining a number of sports injuries, David began to seek alternative treatments to orthodox medicine. He initially found it in Chiropractic treatment, which gave him considerable relief and awakened his curiosity in complementary healthcare. A chance meeting with the principal of the Oxford College of Chiropractic cemented his interest and resulted in him successfully completing a four year diploma course in Chiropractic and setting up a practice.
In 1994 David’s career path diversified again when he trained in The Bowen Technique. He discovered that the Bowen approach of treating the whole body, and not just an isolated area, facilitated extremely effective results. He was impressed that Bowen’s methodology alleviated a whole host of physical problems ranging from acute injuries to chronic and long standing conditions.
He was also integral in setting up The Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund in the U.K in 2010. The Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund was formed to support children with disabilities, offering help to children who have received Bowen Therapy treatment and providing gifts of electrical and mechanical equipment to enhance their quality of life.
Lotty Merry has had over 40 years experience with horses, firstly competing in several different spheres, mainly at local level.
In 1988 she trained with Sue Featherstone in Hertfordshire and competed ABRS grooms certificate, in 1989 she worked at a large livery yard, Staggs End Equestrian near St Albans in Herts but after a back problem Lotty had to stop working directly with horses and enjoyed owning a TB gelding, Sevan, with whom she competed, mainly doing Hunter Trials, ODE and some show jumping.
After a change in circumstances in 2002, Lotty took her HGV test, and then began training in The Bowen Technique in 2003, becoming qualified to treat humans in 2004. She also completed the ITEC Anatomy & Physiology plus Massage diploma at that time. With her initial passion always being horses, Lotty then went onto train to treat horses and qualified back in 2005.
She now runs a hugely busy and very successful yard, ‘Rose Farm’ in Catcott where the Rose Farm College of Equine Studies is based. You can find Lotty either on the road treating horses around Somerset and surrounding counties but also at various stages of each year running Equine Bowen courses.
Lotty’s courses are always fun. Having a base such as Rose Farm allows easy access to a range of complementary instructors in the art of saddle fitting, zoopharmocognosy, equine nutrition, laser therapy and dissection.
Each of these additional areas gives you the student the practical skills needed to be a knowledgable Equine Bowen Practitioner.
For more than 27 years now, Graham Pennington has been practicing Bowen therapy, naturopathy and acupuncture in his busy, multi-practitioner clinic in Warrnambool, Australia.
As a young naturopathic graduate, he was introduced to the Bowen technique when he took over the running of Ossie Rentsch’s clinic in Hamilton in 1989. This unique opportunity provided an intense exposure to the system of therapeutic bodywork that would become such an important component of his professional life.
In addition to his experience in Hamilton, Graham has also received extensive mentoring and invested many hours observing Dr. Romney Smeeton DC in his Geelong clinic.
Australian born and living in the Geelong area, Ron originally trained in remedial massage, Bowen technique in 1996 and since 1998 has been practicing predominantly with Bowen with his clients.
Working in the Geelong region, he has had the opportunity to treat many Tom Bowen’s original patients. This has given him an invaluable insight to the understanding, efficacy and history of both the man and the technique.
He has also had exposure to the work of three of the original students of Tom Bowen’s in either workshop or in clinical practice. Ron brings to this workshop many years teaching combined with many hours of practical experience as a therapist.
Ron organised the official monument to Tom Bowen which now stands in the park across from the house the Tom originally started practice, in 1957.
He blends this rich experience with that of the knowledge gained from the work of Dr Stack in the USA and Dr Mahony in Australia to present this unique insight to the function of the TMJ.
In 2003, he initiated the “Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund” in honour of Tom Bowen’s work in Geelong. The fund was setup to further the legacy of Tom’s work with children with disabilities.
Ron is committed to the development and further understanding of this unique Australian mode of therapy. Ron Phelan has trained under three of Tom Bowenʼs original students, also having had treatment from four of the original six.
In 2011, Ron presented this work to group of Dentists in Sydney and plans in 2017 to continue spreading the knowledge of the TMJ to health practitioners around the world.
Margeir first studied as a Cranio Sacral Therapist in London the mid 1990’s.
He naturally progressed to teach this technique and taught for many years in Iceland. In 2003 he expanded his skill set first learning the Bowen Technique in the UK and then went on to establish and teach the Bowen Technique in Iceland as the countries first Bowen Instructor.
More recently Margeir has moved to Denmark. He has used his many years of practical hands on experience with clients and has combined the understanding given by practising these two great treatments to bring a ‘cranial’ insight into what we do when we perform Bowen.
Robert first experienced Bowen Technique around 2006 when a friend, who had just completed her own training in the technique, gave him a brief taster.
“I was taken aback by the profound effect that these seemingly gentle ‘moves’ made, not only in terms of restoring flexibility and easing tension in my body, but also the noticeable lifting of my mood and energy levels after the session.”
Inspired and curious, he undertook and completed his training with ECBS in 2007-8 and started working immediately with the modality. Like many practicing (and developing) practitioners, Robert was keen to develop and improve his outcomes. He studied and attended many lectures and workshops from many learned and fascinating researchers and educators over the years, all of which contributed to his knowledge and growth. However, it was after attending the ‘Importance of Symmetry’ class in 2014 that he was presented with a fitting and pragmatic ‘working model’, a set of principles to underpin and develop this deeper understanding.
“Like a sizable proportion of our Bowen community, I did not come from a medical, physical therapy or sports science background… truth be told, much about the seeming simplicity of the technique appealed to me… However, in time, I yearned for a deeper holistic appreciation of the work to join the dots and make sense of my observations, and I can honestly say that this is what I found in Graham Pennington’s tonal model of Bowen.”
In early 2016 Graham invited Robert and Matt East to take on the task of presenting the ‘Importance of Symmetry’ workshop during his hiatus from teaching. The three have worked closely and Robert is delighted and honoured to now be furthering the sharing of this work. Since 2017, Robert and Matt have been presenting and instructing the class for practitioners across UK and Europe.
Andrew Zaranko BDS
Andrew Zaranko is passionate about dentistry.
Andrew Zaranko has been the head of his practice since 1990 working predominantly in the North East of England with a wonderful team of staff.
He has attended post graduate courses around the world with some of the top names in both dentistry and biomechanics. His keen interest in occlusion led him to the workings of the temperomandibular joint (jaw joint) which was key to the expansion of his knowledge.
Andrew is a member of the following organisations:
- British Dental Association – past local chairman
- British Orthodontic Society ~ British Society of Occlusal Studies
- British Society for Study of Cranio Mandibular Disorders
- Past Alumni member of the Dawson Academy
Bowen College is thrilled to be working in collaboration with the following people
Dr Jeffrey L. Brown
Dr. Jeffrey Brown grew up in the state of Maine and went to Bowdoin College, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1982.
He accepted early decision into the Georgetown School of Dentistry, and graduated from there in 1986. While at Georgetown, Dr. Brown worked in the Neurology Department as an assistant on a project that involved studying the regeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal column after major trauma.
Upon graduation from Georgetown Dental School, Dr. Brown worked for a short time as an associate in a practice in Falls Church, Virginia. From there, he moved on and built his own practice in the Fairlington neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, creating one of the largest practices ever seen on the East Coast.
Dr. Brown took a short sabbatical to help raise his four young children and to continue his education. It was then that he began the process of understanding sleep apnea and how it correlates to TMJ treatment.
His knowledge in the combined fields of TMJ, sleep and orthodontics has given him a perspective unlike most other practitioners who perform basic dentistry.
In addition, Dr. Brown has also learned the advanced techniques involved in expanding an airway so that both children and adults can breathe better. His training continued over time at the famous Sleep Medicine Center near the Emory University Hospital. He has also continued his training with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain and the ALF Educational Institute.
In 2013, Dr. Brown met Dr. Brendan Stack and was immediately impressed with the success Dr. Stack had in treating TMJ cases and being able to repair so many damaged lives. For Dr. Brown, helping people by dealing with their debilitating TMJ issues became his second calling. And, as they say, the rest is history!
Dr Robert Schleip
Robert Schleip graduated in 1980 with a degree in psychology at the University of Heidelberg from; from 1984 to 1987 was followed by a training Feldenkrais – teacher and 1977-1983 for Certified Advanced- Rolfer.
In 2006 he was at the University of Ulm in human biology doctorate. His with summa cum laude Reviewed dissertation on active fascial contractility received the ” Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeletal Medicine”.
Schleip was co-initiator of the first international fascial Congress in 2007 at the Harvard Medical School in Boston (1st Fascia Research Congress), with the breakthrough for modern Fascia succeeded and in subsequent Congresses. In all events in this series he participated in the Scientific Committee.
Schleip has been since 2008 director of the Fascia Research Group, Division of Neurophysiology at the University of Ulm.
Schleip was and is, together with the sports medicine Jürgen Steinacker, organiser of the conference ”CONNECT – connective tissue in sports medicine” in 2013 and 2017.
Furthermore, he is a Senior Research Director of the European Rolfing Association, Vice-President of Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation, and a board member of the Fascia Research Society.
As a teacher he gives lectures in the field of physiotherapy, orthopedics and exercise science. He is the author and publisher of specialist publications on “fascia” and the media on this topic and lives in Munich, Germany.