Foundation and Advanced Courses are presented by ISBT.
The basic principles on which ISBT was formed include high integrity intention to honour Tom Bowen’s work. This has been achieved by:
- researching the history of the work and by having extensive contact with those on whom Bowen had the greatest impact
- providing precise anatomically described and illustrated workbooks with supporting DVD Learning Guide
- Including full body assessment strategies as part of the courses.
Dedication to preparing courses for ease of learning, and developing high skill levels, has resulted in better quality training.
Many unique advanced features have been built-in to the Foundation Course.
ISBT was established by directors and instructors Lisa Black and Col Murray from Melbourne, Australia.
As of 2016, they have a combined total of 55 years experience as manual therapists, both specialising in Bowen Therapy for the last 26 years. Since 1999 they have been travelling around the globe spreading their interpretation of this wonderful work.
Their introduction to Bowen-style work came in 1990 when a therapist demonstrated the technique in a private session which inspired them to experiment with what they were shown. This led them to undertake training with one of the small group of people who had observed Tom Bowen and developed an interpretation of some of the work.
Lisa and Col’s lives were a constant ‘workshop’ of the technique and as patients with difficult problems presented themselves, their understanding of the principles enabled them to develop procedures to overcome those problems.
Not content to merely accept conventional theories on Tom Bowen’s work, they also carried out extensive research on the man and how he operated. This led them to have contact via treatments and/or observations/interviews with five more of the small group who had extensive contact with Tom Bowen. They have also had ongoing contact with Bowen’s family.
Lisa and Col believe this very productive research has served to confirm the concepts and principles on which ISBT-Bowen Therapy is based.
The value of this work is now being recognised throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and South America.
Given that ISBT has been in existence for over a decade, with courses in Australasia, Europe, Asia and South America, it might be imagined that we have teachers splashed about everywhere. This is definitely not the case. For instance, we have had courses in Germany for about a decade but have only six teachers there.