Jihan Adem – Lead Tutor in the UK

Since experiencing the technique in 1995 shortly after it was brought to the UK from Australia, Bowen has opened some incredible paths and led her to some truly amazing places. The wealth of these experiences is brought together into the training room of Bowen College in the UK, where Jihan’s passion and drive to teach and share this work is infectious.

“I grew up in London and as for many, orthodox medicine was the norm. That’s not to say I didn’t experience any natural medicine but natural repair wasn’t really part of the education system like most I grew up with.”

That said, the treatment Jihan initially experienced gave a surprising, immediate and profound effect. This led her to enquire further and then to train to be a therapist. Within the following years she really proved how versatile Bowen is in terms of its application for treating people with a myriad of presentations. Jihan continues to run a busy practice in Devon, whilst organising and taking part in national and international conferences and not just in the field of Bowen….

The Bowen community around the world continues to grow every year. It is wonderful to see how it is developing over time. When we first met the technique back in the 90’s in the UK, most people had not heard of it. Now we have this college dedicated to achieving professional standards in therapy and education built on decades of experience from multiple tutors across multiple continents.

Bowen is one of the most popular treatment modalities currently being learnt in the UK. For the relatively short amount of time it has been taught for, in comparison to ancient Chinese medicine such as Acupuncture for example, it is going from strength to strength and the number of practitioners training are so encouraging.”

Having thoroughly enjoyed teaching Bowen for so many years now I have never fallen out of love with this modality. I also feel very passionate that the mind is respected as a valid place to start to understand the seat of someone’s disease.

Yes, it is desperately important to have a good understanding anatomically of the structures that you’re working with, when performing treatment but it is also completely necessary to understand how the entire system works.

Finally here in the UK, at Bowen College, we are able to present to you a system that looks at and teaches not only about how the body works and how the body responds to bodywork but also how the mind works -and opportunities to train in both arenas”

Jihan’s clinical and teaching experience, the years she has taught, her dissection lab work and the huge number of other dedicated individuals who she has had the great fortune to collaborate with and learn from, come together now to create this place of wisdom. She is looking forward to sharing her passion and drive with you.

Debbie Macmillan – Reboot Tutor

I am based in the North East of Scotland with my husband, three children and our flat coat retriever! I initially trained as an adult nurse and gaining a Higher National Diploma in general nursing before furthering my training with a degree in midwifery which I absolutely loved.

Following the birth of my second child I made the decision to stay at home and look after my children, my husband worked shifts and to be honest I just loved being a mum.

Following this break I looked to restart my career. I had always been interested in alternative therapies and medicines and I had heard about Bowen through family members so decided to do some research into the technique.

What I read had a profound impact on me and I decided that Bowen was something that I had to do, regardless of the fact that I had never had a treatment or experienced it for myself!

What I have found is that Bowen can work for everyone. We all have imbalances injuries or illnesses which require some intervention to re balance the body and move us forward to better health.

During my initial training to practice Bowen I realised just how special it is and how it can be helpful in so many different situations. I felt a genuine regret that I had not had this skill set earlier.

Being based in the North of Scotland, I have found that although there aren’t enough of us practising Bowen (yet!) there are an abundance of individuals with an interest in receiving treatment.

My biggest supporters are my children who tell anyone who isn’t feeling great that ‘My mummy could do Bowen for you’ or they themselves will be the one’s looking for a treatment.

I think the beauty of Bowen is only truly realised once you’ve received treatment, as only then do you find out how much your body was in need of some realignment.

I’m enjoying being a part of the Bowen College “Reboot your Body” course and look forward to running these courses around the country.  It’s great that people can get an introduction to the Bowen move and thereafter have the core skills to be able to treat a family member or friend only with a great basic treatment.

Nadine Mayhew – Reboot Tutor

Having grown up in the open space and beautiful coastlines of Cornwall, for the early part of my career I decided to train as a veterinary nurse. This encompassed my love for all furry creatures and my keen interest in how bodies work. I worked at a local practice for 5 years until deciding to swap animals for people, joining the ambulance service in 2001 as an emergency ambulance technician.

I loved learning more about how the human body works so well but I saw on a daily basis how it can become acutely dysfunctional. I was there at a time when people needed immediate diagnosis and treatment and this life experience has been absolutely invaluable!

My love for all things medical peaked in 2006 when I qualified as a state registered Paramedic (and I continue to work in this role today).

Since starting to work in the emergency services, I became increasingly aware of peoples tendency to put up with longstanding injuries or painful conditions and I began to wonder if the “medical model” of giving everyone painkillers was missing something. I came across Bowen via my yoga teacher and 2 treatments in – I was hooked!

The amazing effects of this gentle and non-invasive treatment astounded me.

My inquisitive nature led me to research the Bowen technique and I decided to embark on a training course, primarily intending simply to treat family, friends and colleagues as and when they needed it.

I quickly realised that the demand for this treatment was high and decided to set up in business. I trained in 2013 and in 2014 Cornwall Bowen Therapy was born! Over these past years I have taken on more clients from all over the county and also run a weekly clinic within an MS support centre which I find very rewarding and a really positive experience.


I love the fact that I get to meet new people every week and that they get to experience the “wow factor” after a treatment. I have been known to even do a little victory dance when a client realised their pain has disappeared!

I’m passionate about passing on my knowledge and enthusiasm for this way of working. I believe that everyone should have a Bowen ‘emergency first aid kit’ at their disposal to treat people at their time of need! 

“Our tutors are masters in the healing art and science of Bowen Therapy. They are practicing and teaching across the country and around the world. Becoming an Instructor at Bowen College requires dedication, passion and a truly holistic, flexible approach to education!”

New Bowen College tutors will be announced in due course!