Spotlight Series – Meet Roving Bowen Therapist, Rhonda Eather
For many, earning a living while travelling to beautiful destinations would be a dream come true. Bowen Therapist, Rhonda Eather, is living proof it’s possible. She has successfully combined her passions for Bowen Therapy and travel by taking her business, Roving Bowen Therapy, on the road around Australia since 2019. Photos of her Bowen Therapy sessions on the beach or in the bush are the envy of many on socials! Rhonda has always been a traveller and a rover, and she loves meeting and connecting with people from all walks of life.
Let’s learn more about how Rhonda does it.
When did you first try Bowen Therapy?
In 2019! I was a late starter. I was going through an anxious time with work and found Bowen Therapy supported my anxiety.
What prompted you to study Bowen Therapy?
I was on the verge of burnout in a stressful job and knew I had to make a change. I was already in my 50s and wanted to find a career path I could keep doing as I got older (I’m now in my early 60s). Bowen Therapy is much less taxing on the body than other more physically demanding types of bodywork (such as massage, which I am also qualified in), and I knew it was something I could continue doing for a long time.
Why Bowen Therapy? Why not massage or another modality?
I completed a Diploma of Natural Therapies many years ago which included massage. I have always felt comfortable with hands-on bodywork, but massage requires a lot of physical effort and can take a lot out of you. As we get older, we need to work smarter, not harder! In my experience, Bowen Therapy can yield results from a lot less effort. Bowen Therapy feels, for me, like I have “come home.”
Tell us about your business, Roving Bowen Therapy.
Roving Bowen Therapy is typically a mobile Bowen Therapy service. When I am at home in Eukey (near Stanthorpe in QLD), I go to people’s homes or they might come to me. I love to travel so decided to combine my passions. I do a regular trip (usually bi-monthly) out to Roma, in south-west QLD. This year, I have travelled to Queensland, South Australia, and the Northern Territory, visiting everywhere from Brisbane to Alice Springs, Longreach, and many more wonderful places in between. You can follow my travels on Facebook here.
How do you find clients while travelling?
I advertise on local buy, swap and sell and community Facebook pages. I have car door magnets which create interest when I’m staying in caravan parks and campgrounds. I always travel with a table so I am ever ready! I am often treating Bowen Therapy first-timers and always encourage people to source out their local therapists when they get back home, to help keep the good news about Bowen spreading far and wide. Some days are busy but most are not (sometimes by choice!). I love that Bowen gives me the flexibility to live my life how I want to, with fun, balance, and connection to other people.
What does a typical day on the road look like for you?
Every day is different, which I love! I’m living the dream. I love introducing people to Bowen Therapy and spreading the word about it as a holistic and non-invasive bodywork modality. When I’m not working, I enjoy exploring whatever exciting new location I am in and meeting new people. I’m quite active on social media and love sharing photos and videos from my adventures.
Where else have your travels taken you?
I’ve travelled to many countries, but Australia is home. Since purchasing a motorhome in 2018, our intention is travel all around Australia. So far we have visited every state except WA, but we plan to get there in 2024.
We love the photos you share of your Bowen sessions on the beach or in the bush on your Facebook page. What’s one of the most memorable locations you’ve done a Bowen Therapy session in?
I particularly love doing Bowen Therapy in the bush. Recently, I did 6 treatments at Carnarvon Gorge, how fantastic is that?
What advice would you give to anyone thinking about learning Bowen Therapy?
Do it now! Bowen Therapy is a wonderful modality, and you can do it as long as you have two hands. They say if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life, and this has absolutely been true for me since I first learned Bowen Therapy in 2019! 😀
Rhonda Eather is a Diploma-qualified Bowen Therapist and a member of Bowen Association Australia.
You can contact her at:
+61 427 580 297
Bowen Therapy is a holistic and non-invasive form of bodywork that aims to promote overall well-being and alleviate health conditions. Bowen Therapists are not medical doctors and Bowen Therapy should not replace professional medical advice or treatment. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure specific medical conditions. Bowen Therapists cannot guarantee specific outcomes or results. Individual treatment results vary as no two bodies are the same. Always consult with your primary healthcare provider before starting Bowen Therapy.