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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.
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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
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
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
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
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 last class of 2009 in London, with Peter Copolla instructor and our teaching assistant team (seated)
Spring 2009 Newsletter
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:
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!
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
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
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
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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