Bronson Bertschinger (Director/Instructor)
I, Bronson Bertschinger, am a practicing Bowen Therapist and Instructor and first learned Bowen Therapy from my mother in 2002 when I was in my late 20s. I was formally trained by now family friend Robert Haines in 2010 and have been teaching ever since. It took me nearly 2 years to find the right Bowen Therapy teacher and that search ended with Robert. Robert’s extensive knowledge on the various teachings and forms of Bowen Technique and his vast experience as a practitioner turned other current perspectives about the therapy completely on its head!
I feel incredibly fortunate to have been trained in Bowen Therapy by Robert Haines. Robert is most likely one of the very few teachers and practitioners of Bowen Therapy in the world that have been trained and have a comprehensive understanding of most of the current disciplines of Bowen Therapy around today.
Robert, who is also a close relation to Tom Bowen’s family, was fortunate enough to have been treated by Tom Bowen himself as a boy, and later in his life, Robert had the honour of humbly returning the favour by treating members of Tom Bowen’s family, with the very therapy he’d learned that bears Tom Bowen’s name.
After 20 years of experience in practicing and teaching for other schools of Bowen Therapy, Robert decided to develop and teach his own courses in the technique, which I made my life for many years. Together, Rob and I began developing teaching and treatment methods, which have helped to push the evolution of Bowen Therapy further into the 21st century and from this, their collaborative development of IBT.
Robert has chosen to focus on other personal pursuits, and in doing so, has passed the ‘mantle’ to me. To the best of my ability, I aim to develop and pass on the work of Robert Haines and Tom Bowen. Fortunately, with the online era, I have so far been able to reach students in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Malaysia, Mexico, Indonesia, Malta, China and Asia.
10years of teaching and practicing both Massage (hoffmanmassage.com) and Physical therapy previous to meeting Robert, made it easy for Bronson to pick up Bowen Therapy. The real groundbreaking discovery for me was the realisation of how perfectly beneficial and complimentary the Bowen Technique is, when it is used in conjunction with massage practice.
Another blessing I have to mention is I have been blessed with 3 wonderful children so have tons of experience using with pregnancy and on young children. I highly recommend every father learn this therapy to tame your heard. Also can save some money on doctors bills :).
Bronson's qualifications and experience include:
- Thai Massage (2007)
- Advanced Diploma Raynor Massage - Brandon Raynor (2008)
- Massage trainer/teacher trainer, Raynor Massage
- Myofascial Release - Michael Stanborough Education Group (2009)
- Easter and Western Cupping (2009)
- Quantum Touch (Feb 2010)
- Diploma Bowen Therapy - Robert Haines (2010)
- Bowen Instructor since (2010)
- Dorn Spinal Technique - Barbara Simon (
- Neuro-Structural Integration Advanced (2013)
Bronson's mentor - Robert Haines
The former partner of Integrated Bowen Therapy and Bronson's Mentor of Bowen Therapy
Even though Robert and I do not work together anymore, you will see videos of him in this course. I want everyone who learns Bowen from me to have the opportunity to see how I was trained by Robert, so you can get learn from both of us.
Back in the early 70's Rob started conducting training sessions in the personal development field. It was then that he identified the connection between how people think and their state of health. For many years he felt frustrated because while he was able to help people at a mental level, he had no way of addressing their physical aches and pains. This dilemma was later resolved when he was introduced to Bowen Therapy. As a teenager, he was treated by the late Mr. Tom Bowen (the originator of what today is referred to as Bowen Therapy) which came about as a result simply of Tom being a close family friend. Tom was a gifted healer and did amazing work with many thousands of patients a year from all over Australia. Tom died in 1982 and Rob thought his work had passed away with him. Fortunately, he had taught a very carefully selected 6 men his technique and that led to Rob's learning Bowen Therapy in 1993. He has progressed through a variety of training methods since then, building his experience and knowledge in Bowen Therapy and Bodywork exponentially in humans and also in animals.
Robert's qualifications and experience include:
- Bowen Therapy training with Bowtech
- Member of the Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (BTAA)
- Chironic Healing - Trevor Creed
- Advanced Equine Muscle Release Therapy (Bowen on Horses)
- Advanced Neurostructural Integration Technique - Melbourne Applied Health Services
- President of the Bowen Therapists Association of Victoria (BTAV)
- Fascial Kinetics
- Bowen Therapy for Horses Level 1 and 2 - Kelda Lea Bowen Therapy Centre
- Smart Bowen Therapy Level 3 - Kelda Lea Bowen Therapy Centre
- Registered instructor for Smart Bowen Therapy for people and horses
- Bowen Lymphatic Drainage technique
- Representative on the Bowen Therapists Federation of Australia (BTFA)
- Continual study of the mind and body for over 35 years