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Visceral Manipulation

Manual approach
to the
brain - 1


Course Length: 3 days.  CPD: 18 hours


Cost:     Full price $1400 incl GST,         

             Early Bird $1250 incl GST (payment in full required 6 weeks prior to course commencement)

             Repeat $980 incl GST (Super Special Rate for VM1 repeats!)

             *secure your space now with a $200 deposit 

Taught by - Various Barral Teachers


Course Description:

The brain has always fascinated the medical community and scientists. The various investigative tools of the brain have made exceptional progress. For example, functional MRI can highlight not only structural, but also functional problems. Even so, the brain has remained a mystery despite all the research for which it has been a subject.

Jean-Pierre Barral has been interested in the brain for over forty years. After treating many people with head trauma, stroke, brain diseases, and psychomotor disabilities, he has developed original techniques to help these patients. Barral demonstrates how to work simply with what is considered the most complex organ of the human body—the brain. He addresses the brain and its associated nervous and vascular connections as the ‘content’ of the human head, which, characterized by its bony and membranous enclosure, is regarded as the ‘container.’

The material assists manual therapy practitioners to view systemic diseases in a new light. This includes discussions about such conditions as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Such pathologies and the limitations of manual therapy with regards to helping people with these conditions will be discussed, as well as how a manual approach to the brain may transcend these limitations and help alleviate symptoms that people are experiencing due to these diseases. Barral shares how precise manual therapy may encourage the central nervous system to self-repair and thus may help people with certain conditions. The practitioner will also learn ways to help people who have had a stroke or ictus.

Because the brain is inherently plastic, the tools that the practitioner will learn enables him or her, in Barral's own words, to help restore 'inner bridges' within the brain, which is vital to the life of those facing difficulties.

In short, the principle underlying this work is the striking of a balance between the ease of minimum manual effort and the finesse of maximum manual precision.

Course Highlights:


The course is organized into two parts—a structural approach and a functional approach:

  • The structural approach is aimed at the vascular, nervous, meningeal, ocular, barometric, and cerebrospinal fluid circulation systems.

  • The functional approach explores the sense of smell, hearing, sight, language, coordination, proprioception, emotions, etc.



VM1 or NM1 & LT1 


Required reading:

Manual Therapy Approach to the Brain; Volume 1. Written By Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, MRO(F), PT. 
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Suggested reading

Visceral Manipulation by Jean-Pierre Barral, RPT, DO and Pierre Mercier. 

Trauma: An Osteopathic Approach by Jean-Pierre Barral, RPT, DO. 

Visceral Vascular Manipulations by Jean-Pierre Barral, DO. 

Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter, MD and/or

A Regional Atlas of the Human Body by Carmine Clemente

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