Advanced Bowen Practitioner
Postural Alignment Specialist
“I am here to help you feel better. FAST!”
Mark Rogers was first trained in massage therapy in 1996 at the Health Enrichment Center in Lapeer, MI. He started his career working at two clinics in Sterling Heights: Center for the Healing Arts and Wellness Physical Medicine Center (a physician owned physical therapy clinic). For over 10 years he worked at the Beaumont Health Center in Royal Oak in the physical therapy department as a clinical massage therapist.
Mark obtained accreditation as a Bowenwork Practitioner through studies with the Bowen Academy of Australia (Bowtech) and has completed advanced Bowen Studies as well. He is also an Associate Instructor for Bowenwork Academy USA. Mark has been amazed at the power of Bowen Therapy at not only healing his clients aches and pains, but his own as well. Bowenwork is his passion and he hopes to spread the word that all people need a Bowen Therapist on their health care team!
Mark is also a certified practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration, having completed a nearly 500-hour, 4-month training program at the Guild for Structural Integration in Boulder, CO (He has also studied at the Rolf Institute, also in Boulder). There are only approximately twenty-five people in the state of Michigan have trained at, and are current members of, the two schools. This training and experience in Structural Integration gives Mark an understanding of the complexities of the human body that enhances his Bowen practice. In fact, aside from himself, he knows of only one other person with the dual Bowen/Rolfing training in the world!
Education and Training:
- Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia (also known as Bowenwork and Bowtech)
- Textbook Bowen Technique with Graham Pennington, Australia
- National Bowen Therapy Training with Dr. Gene Hummel, Barberton, OH.
- Guild for Structural Integration, Boulder, CO
- Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO
- Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy Certification, Freedom from Pain Institute, Oklahoma City, OK
- Fascial Movement Taping Certified Practitioner, Rocktape Kinesiotape Course.
- Health Enrichment Center, Lapeer, MI
- St. John Neuromuscular Seminars, Pinellas Park, FL
- John Barnes Myofascial Release Seminars, Sedona, AZ
- Craniosacral Therapy, Upledger Institute, Florida
- Bodywork for the Childbearing Year, Kate Jordan Seminars, La Jolla, CA
- The Medical Massage Office Seminars, Wilmington, NC
- Wayne State University, Detroit, MI – Bachelors of Business Administration
An Interview with Mark Rogers
How long have you been specializing in pain relief therapy?
Wow! I have been in the alternative healing field for over 20 years!
What techniques to do you use?
Bowen Therapy is the primary treatment technique that I am using now. There is nothing else like it! Bowen is specific and precise at targeting areas of the body that are out of balance, without being forceful. The approach really resonates with me! I still do a handful of rolfing/manual therapy sessions a week, but am currently only taking on new clients for Bowenwork.
I am also certified as a Rocktape Fascial Movement Taping Practitioner. Rocktape is a brand of kinesiotape that is amazing at supporting the body through corrective movement patterns. I use it to improve posture as well. It is a great adjunct to my practice for back pain, shoulder problems, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis and more!
Where have you studied?
My Bowen studies have been through the Bowenwork Academy of Australia. I have completed the Advanced Bowtech Specialized Procedures 2 training course with Ossie and Elaine Rentsch from Australia. Textbook Bowen Technique seminar by Aussie Graham Pennington has revolutionized my approach to Bowen! I also have studied at the Guild for Structural Integration (aka Rolfing) in Boulder, CO, the Health Enrichment Center School of Therapeutic Massage in Lapeer, and countless bodywork seminars through the years including Neuromuscular Therapy and Myofascial Release.
Where have you worked at?
I spent over 10 years working as a massage therapist at Beaumont Hospital Physical Therapy as well as at Wellness Physical Medicine in Sterling Heights and Center for the Healing Arts in Sterling Heights. These experiences gave me the unique opportunity to work with hundreds of patients with all sorts of pain and injuries, post surgeries, neuro-trauma, etc. It helped define how I use Bowen, from a clinical, out-come based model.
I am already working with another health practitioner, why should I work with you?
If you are not getting the relief that you are looking for, then it is definitely time to try Bowen Therapy! Plus, my clients get relief often times quicker and Bowen is very long lasting.
How is Bowen Therapy different than massage or Rolfing®?
Bowen Therapy does not use oils or lotions and the goal is to not just relax muscles but to effect muscle tension through the nervous system. This way the body balances itself verse the therapist forcing the body to relax and align based on the therapists preconceived ideals and goals.
What makes you different than other Bowen Practitioners?
My clinical experience, extensive bodywork background and postural evaluation skills have helped me develop my unique approach to Bowen Therapy. I know the human body very well! I also incorporate mindful awareness and simple, customized exercises for each client as they are ready. I often teach simple self-help techniques too!
What kinds of ailments do you treat?
Bowen Therapy can help with most ailments that one would see a chiropractor, physical therapist or massage therapist for, and often in less visits! I have treated newborns, kids, teenagers and adults of all ages, including a 101 year old!
What is your success rate?
For those who commit to 3 to 5 sessions, I see a success rate of about 75-80%! They may still need a few more sessions, but will know they are on their way to getting there! Some people (let’s call them curiosity seekers!) come looking for a one session miracle. If you are one of those, I advise looking elsewhere. While one session miracles do often happen with Bowenwork, if it has been broken for a long time, it may take a little longer than one session to get fixed! So I prefer working with those committed to getting better!
Where is your office?
I am located in Birmingham at 1775 E. 14 Mile Road (one block east of Woodward, north side of the street in the Birmingham Professional Building). My office is on the first floor and is handicap accessible (back entrance of building has a ramp and handicap parking spots).
How much do you charge?
The first Bowenwork session/evaluation is $85. After that standard Bowen sessions are $50 each and last about 30 minutes. I also offer extended Bowen sessions that last less about 60 minutes that are $75 each.
What methods of payment do you take?
I accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
How many sessions are needed?
This is variable on how long the condition has been around. For something acute, often one or two sessions will resolve it. Chronic conditions seem to take anywhere from 3 to 8 sessions.
Does health insurance or Medicare pay for Bowenwork?
Unfortunately not at this time.
Do you offer referral discounts?
YES! My new Referral Program rewards you $10 for each new client you refer! I love referrals!
How fast does it work?
I hope you see results after the first session, but I often don’t expect it. Usually the first session is like “re-booting” your body’s computer and then progressively you will notice improvement. If you are not noticeably improving after 3 or 5 sessions, then I usually recommend trying another therapy. I do not like taking people’s money if they aren’t feeling results, but often we will need a few sessions to get the ball rolling especially with chronic conditions.
After I am feeling better what kind of maintenance program do you recommend?
Ideally, I think every 3 months is a great rule of thumb to maintain the benefits of your initial Bowen series. And once a month is awesome as a wellness and preventative tool if your budget allows it. Thirty minute TurboBowen sessions are great for a posture check! You can also “call me when you want to see me” if a new injury occurs or if a chronic issue starts to resurface. I say, do what your gut tells you, and for sure come in whenever you feel like something is not working quite right!