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Since the first class was taught in New Zealand in 2010 we have welcomed the following highly experienced instructors from the USA, Canada, France and Italy.


Visceral Manipulation (VM), Neural Manipulation (NM) and the New Manual Articular Approach (MAA) have been developed by world-renowned French osteopath and physical therapist Jean-Pierre Barral. The Barral Institute is one of the most widely respected teaching organisations in the world and a leader in Visceral and Neural Manipulation training. Workshops are held in over 40 countries around the globe and are specifically designed for manual therapists such as physiotherapists, osteopaths, soft tissue therapists, remedial massage therapists and chiropractors. Visceral and Neural Manipulation are powerful additions to any treatment protocol and offer a unique, results-focused treatment for your clients.


Rosie Greene is a teacher, registered massage therapist and became a certified instructor for the Barral Institute in 2015 .  She runs the Barral Institute in New Zealand and is passionate about sharing the work of Jean-Pierre Barral with other practitioners. 


Rosie teaches four levels of the Visceral Manipulation curriculum, VM1 & VM2 (abdomen), VM3 (pelvis), VM4 (thorax) and NM1, NM2 (Neuro-meningeal Manipulation; an integrative approach to Trauma), NM3 (Neural Manipulation - Peripheral Nerve Manipulation; Lower body) and LT1 (Listening Techniques 1) in New Zealand and internationally in different countries.


She has completed extensive professional development through courses offered by the Barral Institute in New Zealand, Australia and the USA. Her studies have included training in Visceral, Vascular and Neural Manipulation, Manual Articular techniques, as well as CranioSacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute. 


Rosie has had a busy private practice since graduating in 2002.   She considers it a privilege to treat a wide variety of patients and uses the evaluation principles and techniques of Jean-Pierre Barral every day in her clinic.


She continues to undertake post graduate study and this includes a special interest in the dissection programme.

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Damian has been a practising osteopath for almost 20 years. He was born in Yorkshire and did his early training in osteopathy at The John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy, before completing his training at the British School of Osteopathy in London.


Soon after qualifying as an osteopath in 2002, Damian moved to New Zealand, and has practiced in Hamilton for many years. He took his first course in Visceral Manipulation in 2011 and was hooked from the start, when he discovered that Jean-Pierre Barral’s work reminded him of his early classical osteopathic training. Over the years, he attended numerous VM and NM courses, with a belief that Visceral Manipulation was the catalyst to becoming a true holistic practitioner. Damian believes that with an understanding of how the musculoskeletal system, viscera, and psychology are intertwined and interdependent, practitioners have a much greater ability to evaluate, understand and help their patients.


Damian became a Teaching Assistant with the Barral Institute in 2013 assisting in classes across the breadth of the curriculum before qualifying as a Teacher.  He says it is a great privilege to be a teacher with the Barral Institute, and that he gets a “massive buzz” when helping others to understand the principles and techniques of Jean Pierre’s work.


Damian teaches four levels of the Visceral Manipulation curriculum, VM1 & VM2 (abdomen), VM3 (pelvis) and VM4 (thorax) in New Zealand and internationally in different countries. Damian continues to study the Barral curriculum.

Annabel McKenzie

Annabel Mackenzie is a Registered Shiatsu Therapist in the Province of British Columbia. She has had a private practice in Vancouver since 1990.

Annabel's  gentle manual therapy approach includes Shiatsu, Visceral, CranioSacral, as well as Neural and Manual Articular techniques. Apart from a full clinical practice.  Annabel is a Certified Instructor for the following Barral Institute classes: VM1 & VM2 (abdomen) VM3 (pelvis) VM4 (thorax) LT (Listening techniques: an integrative approach to Evaluation) VM5 (Manual Thermal Evaluation and Introduction to VisceroEmotional relationships) NM1 (Neuromeningeal Manipulation: an integrative approach to Trauma), NM2 Peripheral nerves - upper extremity and NM3 Peripheral nerves – lower extremity.  She teaches worldwide in three languages. 

Annabel is a translator and editor of Visceral, Neural and Vascular textbooks authored by Jean Pierre Barral and Alain Croibier (French to English).  Manual Therapy for the Cranial Nerves, Visceral Vascular Manipulation, New Manual Therapy Approach: Upper Extremity, New Manual articular approach Lower Extremity, Manual Therapy for the Prostate, Understanding the Messages of your Joints.

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Liz is a Physiotherapist working in Sydney, Australia. She has in-depth experience in many fields of Physiotherapy, including acute hospital, cardiorespiratory and women’s and men’s health. She has also worked extensively with performers and crew in theatre and film, including Disney’s “The Lion King” and “Where the Wild Things Are”. 


She has mentored Physiotherapy students and graduates and lectured for undergraduate University courses in Critical Care nursing and National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). She has presented lectures to a range of audiences including doctors, musical educators, physios, pilates instructors and the public. 


She is currently studying Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and anatomy at Sydney University.


Liz has a passionate interest in learning about the body and brain and how to help her patients attain a happy and healthy life. Discovering Barral and his exciting work led her to change her entire approach: a huge paradigm shift but absolutely worth it! It helped to open a whole new world for a Physiotherapist, where one isn’t limited to musculoskeletal and myofascial structures, and consider the whole body from the important organ perspective and how their roles are really so relevant to us as manual therapists. Liz continues to enthusiastically study and learn, and graduated as a Barral teacher for VM1 in 2024.

Rene Assink 
D.O, BI-D, Physiotherapy
  • 1985 - university of applied science degree in Utrecht, NL as physiotherapist

  • 1980 - university of applied science degree from the polytechnic Institute for clinical chemistry in Hengelo, NL

  • 1993 - graduated in Osteopathy DO from the College Sutherland in Brussels, B

  • 2016 - Health Practioner


  • Co-director: Upledger Institute Germany (U.I.D.) Barral Institute Germany (B.I.D.) and Osteopathy Society Germany (O.G.D.)

  • Since 1986 working as an independent Therapist in private practice in Lübeck (Germany)

  • Operates worldwide as a teacher for all areas of the Osteopathy,

  • Viszeral Manipulation Barral (all levels)

  • Neural Manipulation Barral and Croibier (all levels)

  • Visceral- Cranial- Parietal Pediatrics

  • Cranio Sacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release (all levels)

  • Strain and Counterstrain, Muscle Energy Techniques, Sutherland Techniques, Myofascial Release, G.O.T. and Osteopatic Manipulation Techniques.

  • Since 1995, worked as Content Manager at the Upledger and Barral Institute Austria.

  • Member of the "Osteopathic Association Germany e.V. - V.O.D."

  • Member of the "Federal Association Osteopathy - b.a.o.".

  • Member of the “Proffesional Association Osteopathy” – B.V.O.

  • Funding member and honorary member of the "Association of Upledger CranioSacral Therapist Germany - U.C.D.".

  • From 1999 - 2005 the first chairman of the "Association of Upledger CranioSacral therapist Germany - U.C.D.".

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Christoph Sommer

Christoph Sommer, (HP- Germany) completed his basic manual education at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. He is a Rolfing® Instructor for the Rolf Institute, Boulder, CO and the European Rolfing® Association e.V. Since 1986; he has worked in private practice in Munich in the field of the manual treatment of the human structure.

Peter Schwind, developer of the “Fascia and membrane technique” and Advanced Rolfing® Instructor, has been a teacher and mentor for over 25 years and has had ongoing influence in the evolution of his work.

On his path of developing skills and expertise in the field, he trained in CranioSacral Therapy at the Upledger Institute with various Rolfing® instructors; he studied with Peter Levine (Somatic Experiencing), Ron Kurtz (founder of the Hakomi-Method of body-centred psychotherapy) and Hubert Godard, (Rolfing Movement Instructor and former dean of the University Paris IV) amongst other modalities.

Starting his studies of Visceral Manipulation with Jean Pierre Barral (D.O.) in 1989 in Germany, he has followed the evolution of Barral’s work over the last 25 years. The general attitude of this work, respecting the organism, being specific with educated and “listening” hands, as well as treating with minimal force have proven to be the most effective attitude in creating reliable and lasting results in daily practice.

Together with Jean-Pierre Barral and Peter Schwind, he is the Co–Founder of the “MUNICH GROUP for interdisciplinary manual treatment modalities” and is teaching all levels of Barral’s work including the original work of “Visceral and Neural Manipulation” with the Barral Institute, the Munich Group GbR as well as post-graduate classes in osteopathy schools in Europe since 2001.

Alison Harvey

With over two decades of experience, Alison is a seasoned chiropractic professional with a wealth of knowledge and a diverse skill set. Graduating with BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees from the Anglo European College of Chiropractic, she was recognized with the prestigious Holm Award for her holistic approach to patient care.


Alison has a strong foundation in complementary medicine, gained from working in Surrey and West Sussex before establishing her own practice in Ayr, Scotland, in 2002. She is proficient in Applied Kinesiology, integrating muscle testing and natural therapies into her chiropractic practice. 


Her expertise extends to treating children with learning difficulties, brain injuries, and physical disabilities, notably contributing to research on the "Sunflower Method." Additionally, Alison is trained in CranioSacral Therapy and is an international instructor for the Upledger Institute.


Alison's ongoing training in Visceral Manipulation with the Barral Institute enhances her ability to address conditions beyond conventional chiropractic care. She leads the Barral Institute in the UK, bringing advanced post-graduate training to practitioners and teaching globally. She teaches Visceral Manipulation, Viscerovascular Manipulation and Listening Techniques and She has also authored a book, "A Pathway to Health," on Visceral Manipulation.


Committed to treating patients of all ages, Alison has specialized training in prenatal, infant, and child care, continually expanding her practice to serve diverse patient needs. Her dedication to continuous learning and teaching underscores her dynamic approach to holistic health care.

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