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We are now offering Visceral Manipulation Certification programme.  It costs £300 for either techniques or practitioner level.  Techniques level if for VM1-4, practitioner for VM5 & 6.  Contact us for further information.


We are approved for the UK Professional and Career Development loans.  See our workshop information page for details.


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Our Newsletters are here!  Read below:


Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Learn Something New This New Year

In 2015 we are delighted to give you the opportunity to start studying a new curriculum. We have our Visceral Manipulation 1, Neural Manipulation 1 and Lymph Drainage 1 classes all in January along with the first level of Healing from the Core curriculum, Grounding and Healthy Boundaries in September and further opportunities to study Visceral Manipulation 1 in the Autumn.  The feedback we receive from all these classes is excellent and those who study them cannot believe how much it enhances their practice, even after just the one level.  All our classes are modular so you can progress at a pace that suits you.


For those who have already studied with us we have some superb new classes for you in 2015.  We are thrilled to welcome both Alain Croibier and Olivier Bazin to the UK for the first time.  Alain Croibier is the co-developer of the Neural Manipulation curriculum along with Jean-Pierre Barral.  He will be teaching Neural Manipulation 4 (NM4) - Cranial Nerve Manipulation class.  To attend this class you need to have studied NM1 and NM2 or 3.  We are running both NM1 and NM2 prior to the NM4 class, so you can still achieve the prerequisites before his class in June.  In addition Croibier will also teach a class he has developed himself called Advanced  Visceral Components of the Neck and Thorax (prerequisite VM4) which takes Visceral Manipulation of the Thorax to new depths.  Olivier Bazin has developed a class on the neural aspect of the abdomen and thorax.  It has a prerequisite of VM2 and NM2 or NM3.  It is also our pleasure to welcome back Jean-Pierre Barral in 2015 for his new class Advanced Visceral Components of Abdomen and Pelvis (prerequisite VM2 or VM1 and LT1).  And for the first time we will bring a higher level of the Healing from the Core Curriculum - Advanced Energy Dynamics 1 with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana.


When planning workshops, our focus is on providing training that will enable practitioners to develop a fully integrated comprehensive approach to the body, considering aspects that are commonly missed.  The foundation of all our classes is based on feeling what is going on in an individual's body, rather than following protocols for conditions or symptoms.  By working this way practitioners feed back to us that their practice has become much more effective following Barral Institute UK classes.  We are finding that in addition to the Visceral Manipulation and Neural Manipulation curriculums, Lymph Drainage Therapy and Healing from the Core build a more comprehensive approach to the body.


We thank you for your support over the past years and look forward to seeing you again in 2015             

Alison Harvey and Scott Russell










The first UK Listening 2 class with Gail Wetzler


Would you like to be Certified??

We are delighted that we can now offer you Visceral Manipulation Certification.  The certification has 2 levels - Techniques Certification following VM1-4 and Practitioner Certification following VM5 and 6.  Both levels have 4 components - an at home test and case studies  and then a practical and written test with one of our examiners.  There is also a Neural Manipulation Certification that is about to be unveiled. Barral Institute UK will run all the certification programmes for the UK.  For further information or to register for certification please contact us at info@barralinstitute.co.uk.



Autumn 2013 Newsletter

New Curriculums Come to the UK

During 2013 we have continued to bring new and cutting edge courses.  In addition to the ongoing Visceral Manipulation and Neural Manipulation curriculums we have also run very successful Lymph Drainage Therapy 1 and Healing from the Core Full Body Presence classes.  Following their success you will notice that both these new curriculums make a return in 2014 and we are bringing you the second level of each of them.  However, if you missed the first level you will still be able to catch it in time to follow onto the next level later in 2014.

With the increasing number of classes we have expanded our team!  In June our very own home grown team member Evan joined us.  He did really well at his first class in October as a trainee facilitator and aptly passed the first part of his training by smiling at the students!  He will feature in classes over the coming years so do come along and meet him.

We are responding to the requests for more classes in London.  In 2014 we have Visceral Manipulation 1&2 and Lymph Drainage Therapy 1 all scheduled for London.  We also are delighted to welcome back Jean-Pierre Barral twice in 2014 - he will be with us in February for his New Manual Articular Spine and Pelvis class and again in October for his brand new class Fascial and Peritoneal Crossroads.  Straight after his October class we are delighted to welcome back another of the innovators in natural health care, Suzanne Scurlock-Durana.  She will bring both her Full Body Presence class and for the first time in Europe her Advanced Energy Dynamics 1 workshop. Many of our students who attended her previous Full Body Presence class have not only commented that it has improved the effectiveness of their work as therapists but has also allowed them to feel energised and grounded after a full day at work.

For now we wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year and are really looking forward to seeing you in 2014.

Alison Harvey, Scott and Evan Russell, Barral Institute UK


Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT)

- 30th January - 2nd February 2014 in London for LDT1

- 28th-31st August 2014 in Ayr, Scotland for LDT2.


Lymph Drainage Therapy is a innovative hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, a French medical doctor and osteopath now living in Arizona, USA. It was created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system consistent with recent scientific discoveries. 

LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a level of precision. LDT is the first technique that enables practitioners to detect and palpate the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. LDT practitioners use their hands to listen to and assess and enhance overall circulation as well as determine the best alternate pathways for draining stagnant body fluid (lymph, interstitial, synovial fluid, etc…). 

We have chosen to bring these classes to the UK as they complement the other curriculums we offer perfectly.  Molly Clark from Texas will teach both our classes.  The feedback from her last class with us was as follows: 

"I can't believe that I had been missing out lymph and feeling the lymph flow and its restrictions.  Adding this component to my treatments and seeing the reaction in my clients to these gentle and effective techniques has revolutionised my practice"

 "Simple but weirdly effective techniques" 

"This is my third Manual Lymph Drainage training and wish I'd found it 26 years ago - loved it!"

Autumn 2012 Newsletter

New Curriculums come to the UK

During 2012 we have been busy planning for an exciting 2013.  In addition to the Barral Institute curriculum for Visceral Manipulation, Neural Manipulation and Manual Articular Approach we are also going to be bringing 2 other curriculums to the UK in 2013.  At the end of February we have Bruno Chikly's Lymph Drainage Therapy classes starting and in May we are delighted to be welcoming Suzanne Scurlock-Durana to teach her wonderful Healing from the Core classes. 

As you will see from the attached workshop programme we have a lot of classes running in 2013.  While many of these are advanced classes there are still a good number of entry level classes for those of you who have not had a chance to study this work yet and these are in italics.  If you do not see your entry level class scheduled then do contact us.  We intend to bring both NM1 and VM1 to you in 2014.

This year we had the privilege of having Jean-Pierre Barral with us twice.  These classes were a huge success and as a result you will notice he is with us again twice in 2014.  The classes attracted people from all over the world - from Brazil to South Africa, the middle east and of course all over Europe. We decided to introduce everyone to a bit of Scottish culture with a ceilidh on the last evening of his second class - a huge hit with everyone who attended and something we will do again in the future.                                                              


JP Barral in Scotland in 2012

For now may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very prosperous and healthy 2013.

Alison Harvey and Scott Russell, Barral Institute UK

Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT)  - 28 February - 3 March 2013

Lymph Drainage Therapy is a cutting edge hands-on method of lymphatic drainage developed by Bruno Chikly, a French medical doctor and osteopath now living in Arizona, USA. It was created out of his award-winning research on the lymphatic system consistent with recent scientific discoveries.

LDT takes traditional lymph drainage techniques and adds a level of precision. LDT is the first technique that enables practitioners to detect and palpate the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow anywhere in the body. LDT practitioners use their hands to listen to and assess and enhance overall circulation as well as determine the best alternate pathways for draining stagnant body fluid (lymph, interstitial, synovial fluid, etc…).

We have chosen to bring these classes to the UK as they seem to fit well with the other curriculums we offer and are delighted to be welcoming Molly Clark from Texas to the UK to present this first level.

Healing from the Core Curriculum with Suzanne Scurlock-Durana - 16-20 May 2013

In today's world we all need full access to our inner and outer resources, in order to survive and thrive with the daily demands being presented to us. This course teaches the process of allowing the deep wisdom of the body to inform and help us navigate our living, working, healing and relating in the world. Respecting and listening to the body as the ground of our knowing helps us rediscover our spirituality and develop our emotional intelligence.


Through applying these principles it will enhance therapeutic presence, palpation skills and maximise treatment outcomes.  It will include how to hold a strong therapeutic presence that maximizes treatment outcomes, prevents burnout and helps you enjoy your work more.


Suzanne is teaching 2 classes while she is in the UK - Healing from the Core - Full Body Presence: Grounding and Healthy Boundaries and an extra one day class specially for hands on therapists called Energising Touch. 


Spring 2011 Newsletter

Barral Institute UK continues  to grow!

It has been a great year for BIUK.  Having had 3 VM1 classes, 2 VM2 classes and a very large VM4 – Thorax class (pictured below) we are going from strength to strength.  Scott Russell has come on board and is learning the ropes as a facilitator of classes for us.  He uses his humour and gentle persuasiveness to direct hotels in the direction we feel most useful!

For 2011 we will be welcoming Gail Wetzler to teach VM3-Pelvis and Listening techniques.  Later in the year Barbara LeVan will be returning to start off the Neural Manipulation (NM programme) for us.  It is the programme for treating nerves, which complements the VM curriculum. 

As you will see, we are also introducing classes to Northern Ireland with our Belfast class in November and hope to start building a strong VM community across the water.

We look forward to meeting you or reconnecting with you in 2011 and wish you all the best for a very prosperous and happy year.

Alison Harvey and Scott Russell (Barral Institute UK).


VM 4 class with instructor Annabel Mackenzie from Canada

Jean- Pierre Barral comes to the UK

In 2012 we are delighted to be welcoming Jean-Pierre Barral to the UK to teach his new Manual Articular Approach to Joints classes.  He will be with us February and September 2012 for the upper and lower limb respectively and again in 2013 for the spine and pelvis class.  It is a rare opportunity to see the developer of this work first hand.  While the classes have no prerequisite study material, having studied with Barral myself I would recommend at least attending a VM1 and NM1 class before the Articular classes as you will derive a much greater benefit from the classes if you do have some background knowledge.  We are expecting a very international audience for the classes.  Register now!


Beware our TAs are multiplying!

Teaching Assistants (TAs) form a vital part of our classes.  A TA is someone who has previously completed a number of our classes and repeated the levels they are assisting on. They assist during practical sessions to allow everyone to get a hands on feel for the techniques, something that is essential in VM classes. We are delighted that as skills are growing in the UK we now have a group of 7 enthusiastic TAs. Two of our TAs have taken the idea of expanding the number of TAs to new levels – both having babies this year. Both babies started VM young – as both attended classes while pregnant!           


Karen Breslin with Mara and Susana Montoya with Ruadhan


Spring 2010 Newsletter

BIUK -  well established and with big plans!!


I am delighted to update you following a very successful 2009. All our classes were well attended, with many fun moments in each one, along with great learning for all.  During 2009 BIUK has fully established itself as a successful venture, meaning I am now able to plan for a very exciting future (if not a busy one)!!


2009 brought together practitioners from 14 different countries.  We also hosted regular study groups which have proved very popular, to the point people have been flying internationally and travelling for 6 hours each way by train to attend!  Please do join us if you have previously attended the classes.


In 2010 there will be new classes in the curriculum, in addition to the VM1 class in case any of you or your colleagues missed this in 2009 (or would like a review).


In March and September we will have VM2 classes.  This is the next level after VM1 and focuses on the rest of the abdominal organs along with expanding on evaluation techniques and Visceral Manipulation principles.  Then in December I am delighted to be able to bring a VM4 Thorax class to the UK for the first time ever.  Please find more information on this class below.


In 2011 we are planning on VM3 Pelvis and LT= Listening Techniques classes, taught by Gail Wetzler who is both Director of the Visceral Manipulation Curriculum for the Barral Institute and developer of the Listening Techniques class.  If you have colleagues that have attended CST courses, they are eligible to attend the Listening Techniques class, as well.


In 2012 it is planned that Jean-Pierre Barral will be here to teach his newest classes on joints.  More details on those classes to follow later in the year.


May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy New Year and a prosperous 2010.


Alison Harvey, Director Barral Institute UK.

The Thorax – VM4

First time in the UK!  Don’t miss this chance!!!


Prerequisite: VM2. VM3 and VM4 can be attended in any order after VM2. 


In the Thorax workshop, you'll take an expanded look at the functional biomechanics of the thoracic cavity. You'll also explore the relationship between the hard frame and soft frame with its countless articulations for respiration, circulatory requirements and upper body movement patterns.

Course Highlights:

·         Review the anatomy, biomechanics and function of the thoracic organs.

·         Study the biomechanics of the cervical, thoracic, rib cage and shoulder.

·         Practice listening techniques within the thoracic activity.

·         Discover techniques for differentiating between somatic and visceral causes for thoracic and spinal problems.

·         Focus on Pleura, Lungs, Pericardium, Heart, Mediastinum, Thyroid, Trachea, Oesophagus, Sternum, Rib Cage and Thoracic Plexuses.                 

The last class of 2009 in London, with Peter Copolla instructor and our teaching assistant team (seated)


Spring 2009 Newsletter

We would like your help

Although I obviously run Barral Institute UK, I would like your help.  I would like this to be an organisation where ideas are valued and feedback incorporated to build a strong network of support for VM in the UK.  I would prefer to run this more as a group effort than independently.  Please share any inspirations or ideas you have that can contribute to BIUK, even if they seem trivial.  Also, if you can offer help in any way, please do contact me and we will discuss how we can work together.  The ideas I have that you might be able to assist with at this time are:

  1. Let us know if you are happy to receive newsletters by email to help save resources and the environment.  Just drop us a note.  Or indeed if you are not interested in receiving future information.
  2. Write an article or interest piece on your experiences with VM or BIUK for a future newsletter.
  3. Forward on the class information to any colleagues, friends or organisations you think might be interested.  If VM classes and resources are to grow in the UK, more people need to hear about it!  As more people train we will be able to more quickly bring higher level classes and resources here.
  4. Let us know of any ideas you have for venues for classes.
  5. Put us in contact with any organisations or associations that might be interested in running our classes or adding information to their newsletters etc.
  6. Consider web links to the BIUK website.  Costs you nothing but can help our information be found.
  7. Helping us with organisation of study groups, teaching assistants etc.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching assistants are people who have studied VM previously and are willing to offer their time and expertise to help others who are now training.  The benefit for them is that they have an opportunity to review the material and through supporting others learn a huge amount for themselves.  We so value their commitment to the programme.

Have you already done training in VM?  If so we would love to hear from you.  To assist VM1 you need to have done training though to VM4 or old PIVM, and have repeated VM1 or old VM1A.  Do get in touch and we can confirm for you any outstanding requirements to join us as a teaching assistant.  We look forward to working with you!

CranioSacral Therapy and Visceral Manipulation

Often I hear people state that they don’t understand why you would consider training in Visceral Manipulation (VM) if you do CranioSacral Therapy (CST), as CST can treat soft tissues and organs, as well.  Well, I think I am in a good position to answer this as I am both an Upledger Instructor for CST and trained in VM.  And while I am not going to argue that there is a common root to both therapies in that they both developed from osteopathic principles, both are whole body techniques and both focus on fascial restrictions, I am going to focus on how training in both and using them together can greatly enhance your practice.

So firstly, why even consider VM if you are trained in CST?  VM has a fantastic diagnostic protocol, which allows practitioners to quickly locate the area of greatest issue to the body at that time and find out the factors that contribute to it.  For example, is it actually a restriction in an organ, a blood vessel, a nerve or an emotional issue? VM also allows you to work specifically on the structure that is restricted and release it efficiently. 

Yes, if you were able to find the spot that was restricted with CST and do a diaphragm release or direction of energy the chances are that eventually the tissues would release at least to some extent.  But where VM comes into its own is its specificity in releasing the precise structure that is restricted in the way it needs to be released.

So for example, if you found a compressed sphenobasilar synchodrosis (SBS), you could do a diaphragm release and it may release to some degree.  However, I propose that to get a complete release of this strain pattern using a CST SBS compression/decompression technique would be much more efficient and effective.  It is the same with VM working on tissues such as organs or nerves versus using CST techniques.  Both are great therapies, but both have their strengths.  CST focuses on fascial release in relation to the craniosacral system, and in balancing the fluid dynamics of this system. VM focuses specifically on the organs, nerves and blood vessels, releasing them and the fascia surrounding them, and then balancing the intrinsic motion of these structures. 

As we have seen from CST, knowing your anatomy of the cranial bones or membrane structures means that we can accurately focus while treating and this allows greater and more rapid release of the tissues.  For that reason, in VM, the courses include studying the anatomy of the tissues that you are learning about to allow you to focus on the restrictions and facilitate release.

Like CST, VM also considers rhythms in the body.  I am sure we all remember our bewilderment at initially feeling the craniosacral rhythm, and wondering why we had never noticed it before.  In VM each organ has a rhythm, known as motility.  As in CST assessing the qualities of the rhythm and then balancing the rhythm can greatly enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.  Working without this knowledge on the structures is possible, but like doing a dural tube release without any awareness of cerebral spinal fluid flow or rhythm, working on organs without knowledge of motility leaves a gap in the effectiveness of the treatment.

For me, I would feel lost without either CST or VM.  I feel they are great companions and complement each other so effectively as they focus on different components of the body. With both therapies in our toolboxes we can approach the body in a more holistic manner. 

And do read about our classes on the workshop programme page.


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