National Functional Bowen™ Classes

Learning Environment

Classes are held in a professional workshop forum using a commonsense approach to hands-on learning. We teach:

  • Structural evaluation of posture as it relates to muscle pattern dysfunction
  • Hands-on skills development in the therapy process of Functional Bowen™
  • Implementation of skills through copious situational/hypothetical discussions
  • A variety of levels in our training programs

From allied healthcare providers to parents, we teach/train this concept at the level best suited to their knowledge base with an emphasis on meeting the need of the learner.

Class sizes are limited so early registration is suggested. They are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. On-site classes are available.

Functional Bowen™ Concepts I ©

Target Audience:

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Medical and Allied Health Professionals (MD, DO, DC, NP, PA, DDS, PT, OT, RN, and Clinical Rehab Managers), as well as other professionals with a license to put their hands on others such as Nurse Midwives, Massage Therapists and so on. Check your local city/county and/or state requirements.

Workshop Details:

This course is a 3 day (23 hours) intensive class designed for those who want to learn the concepts, therapeutic techniques and process application strategies related to this method. It is an immersion in this form of therapeutic, hands-on approach to directed muscle release, related assessment skills, collaborative strategy benefits, and its effectiveness in pain management, the rehabilitative process and/or dealing with mobility impairments. It is lecture-based followed by ample demonstration and a time of hands-on learning with others in attendance (student to faculty ratio is 12:1 or less). This course includes all items listed below and references a functional anatomy book that is recommended but not provided.

Additionally, this course serves as the foundational requirement for Functional Bowen™ Concepts II © adult courses and the Functional Bowen™ Certification Examination. A certificate of course completion is provided.


$849 and includes syllabus and all: lectures, hands-on therapy method training, lab practicum, hypothetical, as well as Q & A discussions, access to private ongoing online research, and class concepts reminders or discussions. Upon completion of all hours included, a certificate of training will be issued. Group size is limited to 10-12 participants.

Course Schedule:

For an overview, please see the schedule.

Student Reviews of Functional Bowen™ Concepts I ©

“Fantastic, eye opening experience. Class was taught at the appropriate level – covered science, clinical applications, assessment, and strategies to alleviate pain.  Great teaching demos which tied into the textbook and instruction book.  Judy draws from her years of experience and really wants us to learn.  Patient, awesome teacher.” – J.D., Professor of Anatomy/Physiology, Sac State University

“This is an Amazing, efficient, very effective modality for creating and/or enhancing circulation and mobility, and improving posture. All techniques are grounded in formal A&P foundational training, and presented in sequentially appropriate context. Judy is a fabulous teacher with a rich history of experience to share in addition to a broad range of education that supports this basis for the techniques presented.” – T. Gelman, LMT, PMTI Massage Schl Admin.

“The course very effectively integrated concepts of fasciology & kinesiology with practical instruction in techniques to release hypertonic muscles & muscle groups. The course exceeded expectations in providing initial proficiency in correcting structural/postural imbalance in muscle groups. Proficiency is quickly provided by a protocol that systematically guided the practitioner through a sequence of releases that restores balance without spending too much time trying to identify the source of the difficulty.” – R. McClain, LMT

Functional Bowen™ Concepts II ©

Target Audience:

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Medical and Allied Health Professionals (MD, DO, DC, NP, PA, DDS, PT, OT, RN, and Clinical Rehab Managers), as well as other professionals with a license to put their hands on others such as Nurse Midwives, Massage Therapists and so on. Check your local city/county and/or state requirements.

Workshop Details:

This course is an advanced 2½ day (19 hours) intensive class designed for those already trained in the Functional Bowen™ Concept I © who want to advance their knowledge base in assessment skills and gain additional therapeutic techniques and more complex application strategies. This is the course that reviews, fine tunes what you already know and takes it to the next level. It is structured to cover more in-depth the areas (body quadrants) covered in Concepts I. The information acquired in the Concept II class is devoted to learning advanced directed muscle release techniques, as well as addressing a more advanced approach to the rehabilitative process and/or dealing with mobility impairments. It is also lecture-based followed by ample demonstration and a time of hands-on learning with classmates. This course includes all items listed below and references a functional anatomy book that is recommended but not provided.


Successful completion of Functional Bowen™ Concepts I ©, and a foundation in anatomy as direct correlation is always made in the structural application of this technique. Concepts taught will be clinically approached with a scientifically-based focus. A waiver of participation is required for the hands-on portion.


$749 and includes syllabus and all: lectures, hands-on therapy method training, lab practicum, hypothetical as well as Q & A discussions, access to private ongoing online research, and class concepts reminders or discussions. Group size is limited to 10-12 participants.

Student Reviews of Functional Bowen™ Concepts II ©

“This class has furthered my knowledge of what to do in situations of certain injuries. It is very important to body workers and PT’s who work with the human body to assist them in establishing a plan for care to further effectiveness in the healing process. It provides a strong understanding of muscle function and how fascia works.” – L. Alberts, CMP, PT (NASM)

Functional Bowen™ Therapy is the most revolutionary concept I have experienced in my 50 years in health care. Concepts I provides a fascinating introduction to a new way of thinking of the dependence of the body’s systems to function efficiently together. Concepts II provides the advanced skills that add to what’s learned in Concepts 1, providing efficacy of the total picture. The concepts and techniques taught in Concepts II effectively establish a higher level of care promoting natural healing.  It pulls the study of fascia and the body together as it enables critical thinking in total body assessment . 

Essentially Concepts II theory and practicum promotes 3D balance with symmetry, resolves and prevents the disease of inflammation. Concepts II is critical for the health care provider whose desires not only to restore the body to optimal function but to prevent future disease. Thank you for bringing Functional Bowen Therapy™ Concepts I and II to Northeastern PA.” – D. Decker, RN, Retired Manager of Community Health,  Wayne Memorial Health Systems PA

“Overall complete demonstration and confidence to critically think was provided by attending this class. Focus specifically, as well as broad, to create a plan to best care for the person at hand was a big part of this class. I feel confident in my “tool box” so I can apply my knowledge to properly assess. Working with others with experience to help coach was also a major plus when taking this course.” – H. Gillan, RN, CMT

“The Functional Bowen method taught in this course provides an excellent source of information to both healthcare practitioners and non-healthcare practitioners in muscle manipulation and pain management. The content is clear and understandable, while teaching them moves to reduce muscle congestion and decreasing pain.” – D. Leary, BS, CMT

“This higher level class was exactly what I needed. It filled in the gaps for me by giving me the opportunity to learn more about assessment and to better understand the concept of Tensegrity. It also gave me more tools and effective ways to accomplish a comprehensive treatment plan. I now  have a better understanding of how to assist people in the participation of their own healing process by explaining therapeutic home exercises for the patient to use. I now feel more confident in my basic skills after having opportunity to discuss individual moves and observe techniques. I feel this class pulled it all together for me as a practitioner.

Bottom line, I am glad that I participated in Concepts II and would recommend it to anyone who is truly interested in learning Functional Bowen™ Therapy. Concepts I, of course, can stand on its own but adding Concepts II enables the practitioner to refine the body work techniques and to learn some very effective complementary moves to the basic treatment. Thank you, again, for all you have done to prepare us as practitioners in this amazing body work therapy.” –L. Potter, L Ac, RDN

Functional Bowen™ Therapy Concepts II: The Pediatric Application for Health Care Professionals©

Offered By Judy Terwilliger, RN (#322974),

Target Audience:

Medical and Allied Health Professionals (MD, DO, DDS, DC, NP, PA, RN, CNMW, PT, OT) and those whose licenses allow them to affect tissue movement as a part of their scope of practice.


This course is an intensive version of the Functional Bowen™ Pediatric Application Process that has been specifically designed for those licensed Healthcare Professionals in the Breastfeeding, Maternal/Child Health & Family Support Field.

In addition, this course specifically targets those in this support field who have limited time to learn these vital skills. While Functional Bowen Concepts I © can be beneficial, in this case, it is not required because the essentials of the Functional Bowen Concepts l ©  class are included in this course.


This course is a 3.5 day intensive packed with myo-fascial movement theory using a “global” approach to structural assessment and hands-on practice in use of The Pediatric Functional Bowen Method™. This course teaches the clinician advance skills in working to resolve structural barriers in the mother/infant dyad who struggle with breastfeeding difficulties/dysfunctions. Further, it explores advanced assessment skills in determining those predisposing factors relating to these barriers and their possible effects on infant “functional mobility” in the achievement/retention of successful breastfeeding, normal structural development as well as meeting developmental milestones. The information acquired in this course is devoted to learning advanced muscle release techniques in this patient population. It is lecture based with ample demonstration and practice with classmates (student to faculty ratio is 12:1 or less).


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The following objectives will be measured by active student discussion and demonstration during hands-on participation in each practicum session of the course. Participants will be able to:

  • Verbally demonstrate advanced knowledge of the interrelationship between patient’s birth/medical history including predisposing factors affecting an infant’s/child’s “functional mobility”, presenting posture as assessed to include often unseen muscle-related structural barriers and the outcomes observed in muscle pattern dysfunctions noted (i.e. breastfeeding and mobility challenges).
  • Demonstrate advanced postural assessment techniques for the purpose of quickly evaluating interrelated structural deviations to be differentiated/identified, therapeutically addressed and evaluated for corrections observed in the moment and with follow up therapy.
  • Demonstrate advanced differentiation between individual hypertonic muscles and muscle groups, identifying possible associated impingement syndromes, and learn the specifically associated structural deviations that present in these cases.
  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of muscle dysfunction patterns and related structural outcomes for the purpose of understanding how best to develop a plan of corrective action through active muscle release with passive and active range of motion, as well as suggested parent-based home therapeutic exercise.
  • Demonstrate by means of direct participation, the acquisition of advanced muscle release and balance skills that will assist in actively correcting structural deviations.
  • Communicate and demonstrate ongoing advanced assessment strategies for assessing muscle compliance progress and evaluating related patient/client outcomes.
  • Demonstrate the use of collaborative strategies with parents/caregivers, allied health providers, referral resources, and patient/client care advocates.

$879.00: Price includes all course materials.

Reference Materials: Students will be provided access to the following textbook for the duration of the class as a reference. No additional separate purchase is necessary as these books will be on loan for classroom use. Title: Christy Cael: Functional Anatomy – Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Palpation for Manual Therapists, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2011, ISBN 9781609138363. Further a separate course handbook is provided for each student attending as part of their registration fee.

Suggested Resource: It is suggested that students gain access to this reference or another Pediatric Developmental Anatomy & Physiology resource. Chamley, Carol, E.d.D. M.Ed.BA.RN: Developmental Anatomy and Physiology of Children: A Practical Approach, Elsevier Limited, 2005, ISBN-13 9780443073410, ISBN-10 0443073414

Course Schedule:

For an overview please see here.

Class Evaluation by Health Care Professionals.

“I appreciate Judy’s ability to read her audience! She provides very technical information in a practical manner. She is impacting health care wherever she presents. Judy is very relatable, understanding, empathetic, knowledgeable and effective. She is improving the quality of life one infant at a time!” – D. Decker, RN

“Judy has an excellent manner of explaining and demonstrating Functional Bowen Therapy™ in a way that a parent/caregiver is able to understand and continue what is done by the therapist at home.

Through this advanced assessment, including maternal history and the mother/child’s birth experience, one can easily understand the treatment objectives to be accomplished. Further the therapeutic outcome of the child with significant dysfunction, as demonstrated in class, was phenomenal.

Judy is a natural teacher with extensive knowledge and experience. She’s passionate about helping others, who seek to help their patients/family, to be successful participants in the healing process.” – A. Etter, RN

“Amazing! Every Nurse or Healthcare Professional should attend. Judy has taken Western Medicine’s scope of practice, which is typically narrowed in vision and completely opened up the healthcare practitioner’s perspective, offering a new and effective approach to assessment and care of these newborns, infants and children.” – H. Gillan, RNCMT

“Excellent course! Thank you for your excellent, compassionate, and integrative work. The hands-on practice was imperative and your individualized attention to each participant’s needs was extremely helpful and supportive. The days are long but full of detail that makes it very worthwhile. Can’t wait to begin practicing right away!” – N. Johanson, SLP/CLC

“It’s amazing how Functional Bowen™ Therapy can be applied to the pediatric population in helping correct early myofascial dysfunctional patterns and promote normal developmental growth.

Judy does an excellent job teaching and explaining the course objectives and concepts. She applies scientific knowledge and results from her own evidence-based practice to her class. I enjoyed the hands-on learning environment.” – J. Salonga, RNCMT

How B.E.S.T. Relates to Breast©

We offer basic information in assessing the needs of infants who are struggling to breastfeed in our How B.E.S.T. (Basic Evaluation of Structural Tension) Relates to Breast© short course that trains attendees (RN, LC, Doulas, NMW, CLE …) in noting the subtleties of structural tension in these infants for the purpose of recognizing when and where to refer to appropriate resources.

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Offered By Judy Terwilliger, RN (#322974) , CMT (#25334) Pediatric Bowen Specialist™ (#1708)

This class is open to all Healthcare Professionals in the Breastfeeding, Maternal/Child Health & Family Support Field.

2.5 Contact Hours Available: Please Inquire 


Learn Structural Assessment Skills for Infants/Children to evaluate muscle tension/involvement that may be related to noted Breastfeeding Dysfunctions. This class will add new eyes to your practice and tools in your skill set to bring resolves.

Specific Course Objectives:

1. Recognizing or Becoming Aware of:

  • Often unseen muscle-related structural barriers
  • Predisposing factors affecting an infant’s “functional mobility”
  • Breastfeeding challenges that demonstrate Structural Dysfunction

2. Improve assessment skills of:

breastfeeding child
  • Overlooked structural manifestations

3. Gain insights into an improved evaluation process

  • Aid resolve breastfeeding difficulties for the family unit

4. Recognition of Structural Barriers with an emphasis on:

  • Self-help techniques, teaching/training parents across cultural barriers
  • When/who to refer parents/caregivers to for help
Expected Course Outcomes:

Be able to:

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  • Identify the correlation between higher than normal muscle tonus and the often structurally-related breastfeeding challenges in the infant / mother dyad.
  • Identify at least three predisposing factors in a “normal” delivery that lend themselves to the hidden barriers to functional mobility.
  • Recognize structural manifestations (how they present) which may need referral to assist in the resolve of related breastfeeding barriers.
  • Define the following areas of Assessment, Adaptation and Intervention that are associated with these hidden structural barriers to breastfeeding.
Class Format: Similar to a breakout session where these is some lecture/demonstration but a lot of discussion and time allowed for questions and answers. Come and learn an essential skill.

For more information, to host a class, or to sign up for a class, please contact our office at (916) 834-1711 or email us at

Printed class materials will be provided. Please bring paper and pencils for taking notes. No video cameras or photography please.

Note: Wherever possible a live demonstration will be incorporated. Please be aware, however, that since Ms. Terwilliger is skilled to release any child whom she evaluates in class for educational purposes, she will likewise offer a therapeutic release at that time. Those students in attendance whose licensure permits manipulative work on infants are welcome to ask further questions.

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Speakers Bio

Judy Terwilliger is a Registered Nurse of 40 years, concurrently a Certified Massage Therapist and Functional Mobility Specialist for 17 years. She maintains a broad base of practice spanning four decades. Currently she oversees a busy pain management practice in Sacramento CA, and works extensively with rehabilitation physicians, pediatric healthcare practitioners and other allied health care specialists to effect therapeutic change across a broad range of myofascial/muscle pattern dysfunctions. From infants to seniors she promotes functional mobility, focusing on a wellness paradigm, therapeutically utilizing a tensegrity-based modality that she has developed and teaches nationwide called The Functional Bowen Method™. It is uniquely focused on affecting fascial change where disruption of any kind has impacted muscle pliability, response and flexibility. Read about Our Functional Bowen Method™ here.

This multi-disciplined, training oriented, integrative focus is what sets her business apart from others. She and her staff of licensed therapists and practitioners work on “Incorporating Concepts in Natural Body Design & Restoration”. Combining her Western Medicine background with her Complimentary Medicine studies, her focus on structure-function balance in the field of pain-management, from infants to seniors, using her Functional Bowen Method™ has seen many successes.

She currently is an active member of the National Society of Pediatric Nurses, the American College of Sports Medicine and has been a featured speaker on the subject of myofascial dysfunction assessment and resolves both nationally as well as internationally. Curriculum Vitae/Education

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