Providing continuing education for manual therapists

Barral Institute New Zealand is affiliated to the Barral Institute Inc. based in Florida, USA which has been offering continuing quality education for the Manual therapy field since 1985.  Courses are based on the innovative work of French Osteopath, Jean Pierre Barral – Visceral ManipulationNeural Manipulation and related Manual Therapies.  Specifically designed for manual therapists alumni include osteopaths, physiotherapists, physicians, massage therapists, chiropractors and acupuncturists.

Visceral Manipulation 

Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

Neural  Manipulation 

Neural Manipulation examines mechanical relationships between the cranium/spine hard frame to the dura and neural elements. It provides assessment and treatment approaches to address restrictions of the dural and neural components not commonly focused on with musculoskeletal symptoms. Neural Manipulation identifies and releases local nerve restrictions while at the same time examines the effect these local fixations have on the rest of the body, and by accessing this relationship, resolves the more comprehensive (global) dysfunctional patterns.

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Jean-Pierre Barral


Jean-Pierre Barral is a Diplomate of Osteopathy, a Member of the Registre des Ostéopathes de France, and a Physical Therapist. He is the Developer of the manual therapy he calls Visceral Manipulation (VM). Through his clinical work with thousands of patients, he created this modality based on organ-specific fascial mobilization. And through work in a dissection lab, he was able to experiment with VM techniques and see the internal effects of the manipulations. He served as Chairman of the International College of Osteopathy at St. Etienne, France. He was also on the faculty of Médecine de Paris Nord - Université Paris Nord. While on faculty, he was the Chief of the Visceral Manipulation Department—the first time in the world that a VM therapist was part of a medical faculty.

Based on his later clinical work, Jean-Pierre Barral developed additional modalities—Visceral Vascular Manipulation, Nerve Manipulation, and New Manual Articular Approach—in collaboration with Alain Croibier, D.O.

TIME Magazine, citing his development of Visceral Manipulation, named Jean-Pierre Barral, DO one of the Top Healing Innovators to watch in the new millennium.

Jean-Pierre states, even after more than 40 years of research and working with patients, as well as educating tens of thousands of therapists around the world, "we know so little; only the tissues know." We can think as therapists we know what to do to help a patient, but it is only when we put our hands on the person, that the tissues then show us what is needed.

Barral holds the title of Curriculum Developer for the Barral Institute. Barral took the modalities and developed them into various manual therapy courses, which he has taught since 1985.

Barral has trained and certified a team of International Teachers who also instruct these courses around the world.



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We also should not forget that we have a responsibility toward our patients, which should motivate us to work more and study harder every day. We may be lauded for our successes and forgiven for our various failures, but there is no excuse for letting a serious disorder go by unnoticed during our treatments.


Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, MRO(F), RPT