Please note that BTPA's advice to members to close their Bowen Therapy practice was in line with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council advice, and is based on an interpretation of the Statutory Instruments that currently impose restrictions on businesses due to the coronavirus situation. We do not believe that Bowen Therapists fit into the 'massage parlour' classification mentioned in the new legislation. However, the advice for clinics to remain closed follows subsequent guidance from the Government - "Keeping workers and clients safe during COVID-19 in close contact services". This document specifically mentions 'well-being and holistic locations' which we feel more accurately describes some Bowen practices.
BTPA acknowledges that some members have other qualifications or skills that would allow them to continue working during the Coronavirus outbreak, if they are classed as key workers. This includes (but is not necessarily limited to) osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists.
From 6 July 2020, 'close contact businesses' in Northern Ireland are permitted to reopen (as confirmed by the CNHC). Bowen Therapy clinics in this region can open provided that insurance is in place and appropriate guidelines are followed.
If you have any problems finding a Bowen Therapy practitioner near you, please get in touch so we can help.
Full BTPA members are accredited therapists with certificates in Anatomy & Physiology and First Aid; they also abide by a strict Code of Conduct and Ethics and are committed to ongoing training.
Please note: The Bowen Technique is a therapy that will work effectively alongside and in conjunction with conventional medicine, but should not be mixed with other complementary therapies without advice from your therapist. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatments recommended by your doctor.
Bowen practitioners who have been registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (see www.CNHC.org.uk for the role of this organisation) can request to be identified on the Bowen Therapy Professional Association register using the CNHC Quality Mark: This in no way indicates that one practitioner is more qualified than another since the criteria for being a FULL member of BTPA and the criteria for joining the CNHC Register are exactly the same.