Jean-Pierre Barral is well known internationally for his extensive contribution to osteopathy in the area of visceral osteopathy. He has written several books in this and related areas and has developed many of the techniques used by osteopaths worldwide. The two workshops run by Jean-Pierre are a rare opportunity to train under his guidance.
Dr. Eyal Lederman is the director of CPDO, an international centre providing continuing professional development for manual and physical therapists. He graduated from the British School of Osteopathy and been in practice since 1986. Dr. Lederman completed his PhD in physiotherapy (PT) at King's College, London, where he researched the neurophysiology of manual therapy. He also researched and developed Harmonic Technique, Functional Neuromuscular Re-abilitation and Functional Stretching. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at UCL where is currently conducting research into therapeutic stretching. Apart from these activities Dr. Lederman regularly teaches manual therapy to various groups and universities in the UK and abroad. He has published several articles in the area of manual therapy and is the author of the books Harmonic Technique, Fundamentals of Manual Therapy, The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy, Neuromuscular Rehabilitation in Manual and Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Stretching: Towards a Functional Approach
Prof. Laurie Hartman is an Associate Professor of Osteopathic Technique, British School of Osteopathy, and the author of "Handbook of Osteopathic Technique". He is a world-renowned expert on osteopathic technique and manual therapy and has been practising and teaching for over three decades.
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Leon Chaitow ND DO is a graduate of the BCNO (now BCOM) who has been in practice since 1960. He was until 2004 Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster. He lectures widely in Europe, USA and Australia on osteopathic and naturopathic topics, to chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and massage therapists; is author of over 60 books (including Positional Release Techniques, 3rd edition (2007) Churchill Livingstone). He is Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, and practises in the UK and Greece.
Dr. Robert Schleip has been a Rolfing- as well as Feldenkrais Teacher since over 20 years. He directs the Fascia Research Laboratory at Ulm University in Germany, and is also Research Director of the European Rolfing Association. His research findings on the active contractile properties of human fasciae have been awarded with the Vladimir Janda Award for Musculoskeleteal Medicine in 2006.
Joanna Crill Dawson is a Chartered Physiotherapist who for the past 14 years has specialized in Visceral Manipulation. She has studied for many years under Jean-Pierre Barral and now teaches introductory workshops. In 2000 she gained the International Certificate in the Techniques and Practice of CranioSacral Therapy
Tsafi Lederman is a UKCP registered and practicing psychotherapist who specialises in body-psychotherapy and integrative art psychotherapy. She has a private psychotherapy and supervision practice in London. She studied body-psychotherapy at the Gerda Boyesen Centre and Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (IATE). She is the co-director of the Centre for Professional Development in Osteopathy and Manual Therapy and a tutor and supervisor of the MA programme at IATE. Tsafi has been running workshops and teaching psychotherapy and bodywork for over 18 years. She is co-author of the section on psychological processes in "The Science and Practice of Manual Therapy" (2005) and a chapter titled "Touch as a Therapeutic Intervention" in the book 'Morphodynamics in Osteopathy' (2006)
Jenny Stacey is a gestalt psychotherapist and supervisor, and has her own therapy practice in Yorkshire. She works one day a week in a school as a therapist and also works within organisations in the voluntary and statutory sector as a trainer, group facilitator and consultant, looking at communication and conflict. She is a Co Director of the Certificate of Creativity and Imagination, and the diploma in the Therapeutic & educational application of the arts at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education. She is co-author of "Counselling Skills for Creative Arts Therapists" (1999 Worth Publishing, London).
Georgie Oldfield (MCSP) is a Physiotherapist and founder of SIRPA. After coming across the work of Dr John E Sarno in 2007, which forms the foundations of the SIRPA approach, Georgie spent the next few years developing a specialism in this field. Having visited Dr Sarno and other Specialists in the US on a number of occasions, she has built strong ties with the US leaders, who are themselves developing their own PPD (Psychophysiologic Disorder) Association. SIRPA came about due to Georgie's determination to raise the profile of this approach, which she felt would come about more easily by training other Practitioners who would then reach out to even more people. Her aim was also to provide the SIRPA training to help other Professionals learn to integrate this approach within their own work, without having to go to the time, expense and effort she had to, due to the lack of training and awareness of this concept in Europe. Apart from her training through SIRPA, Georgie runs her own clinical practice and regularly speaks about her work to both the public and health professionals.
Valeria Ferreira is a practising osteopath and clinical tutor at the British School of Osteopathy. She has a multidisciplinary approach to osteopathy, with an interest in nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, yoga and pilates. Valeria has varied and extensive clinical and teaching experience. Her particular interest is in osteopathic integrations, which focuses on the interrelationships between the structural, visceral and cranial systems, and aim to provide all-inclusive diagnosis and an integrated form of treatment.
Philip Moulaert graduated as a physiotherapist in 1972 (Belgium) and as an osteopath in 1984 (France). He obtained a master of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy in 1992 (USA) and was a student of Bob Elvey at the Curtin University in Perth in 1993 (Australia). Philip combines working in his own practice with lecturing. Currently he lectures at the University of Leuven (Belgium) in the Musculoskeletal Revalidation (Manual therapy) postgraduate programme and worldwide in the field of neuro-dynamics and spinal dysfunction.
Christine van de Putte is a physiotherapist with special interest in women's health and paediatrics. She has been working for over thirty years in a private clinic in Bruges (Belgium). Christine is the vice president of the Belgian association of physiotherapists specialised in gynaecology, perinatal physiotherapy and pelvic re-education. She has taught on the postgraduate course at Ghent University, and given courses within the YVLO Institute in the Netherlands. With her Dutch colleagues she has also taught in the Algarve, Portugal and was invited by UNICEF to lead workshops in Kiev, Ukraine. She also teaches workshops in women's health at the Centre for Advanced Postgraduate Education (CAPE). They include courses on pre-and postnatal courses, baby massage and baby care, incontinence and pelvic girdle pain. Since 2010 she has taught specialisation in pelvic re-education and perinatal physiotherapy at the four Belgian universities (Ghent, Leuven, Antwerp & Brussels). In 2003 she started to study Ayurvedic therapy at the International Ayurveda School in Ghent where now she is also a teacher in the field Gynaecology and Women's health.
Susie Lecomber is a registered osteopath and Pilates Foundation Teacher who has a background in exercise and personal training. Susie has worked as a Pilates teacher since 1998, and successfully combines Pilates with her osteopathic practice. She runs a Pilates studio in Bath where both equipment and matwork Pilates are taught. Susie is a mentor for Pilates Foundation trainees and runs regular courses for them.
Geoffrey Goldspink has been Professor of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, and Chairman of Division of Basic Medical Sciences at The Royal Free Hospital and UC Medical School. He is still involved in researching the adaptive cellular response of muscle tissue to mechanical and chemical signals
Anna Semlyen (MSc) is the British Wheel of Yoga's Specialist Advisor on Back Care and Therapeutic Yoga research and co-author of the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs book and Relaxations CD. A specialist in back pain management and training, she has taught yoga since 1996.
Chris Boynes is Clinical Director of PhysioActive, Sports & Spinal Practice in London. He is an active committee member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports Medicine (ACPSM) and works regularly with elite and amateur athletes of all sporting disciplines. From 1994-2000 he was Club Physiotherapist to London Irish RFC. He is a former lecturer in Sports Rehabilitation at the University of Surrey and continues to lecture regularly on sports injuries and rehabilitation. He is an FA qualified instructor in First Aid for Sport.
Dr. Massud Wasel Dr. Wasel is a registered osteopath, in addition he is a medical doctor in Ear, Nose and Throat (E.N.T) disease and Accident and Emergency (A&E) medicine. He has worked in Higher Education since 1986 in the U.K and abroad. He currently lectures osteopaths in ENT (anatomy, physiology of sound, pathology and osteopathic and medical treatment, A&E (acute major and minor conditions); osteopathic approach of differential diagnosis; general medicine; clinical pharmacology; clinical examination of respiratory, cardiovascular, abdominal, endocrine, ENT, musculoskeletal system with special tests and nervous system.
Averille Morgan graduated from RMIT, Australia in 1994 and has practised osteopathy in Australia and the UK. She has published articles in the area of pregnancy and osteopathic childcare. Averille taught for several years at the British School of Osteopathy Community Children's Clinic and developed a series of visceral and Optimal Fetal Positioning (OFP) workshops for osteopaths and midwives.
Dr. Adam Cunliffe is a senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition at the University of Westminster. Research interests include metabolic and genetic determinants of obesity, eating disorders, amino acid supplementation in intermittent exercise, nutritional and metabolic influences on fatigue.
Sue Baxter is a registered nurse and cranio-sacral therapist with over twenty-five years of health care experience. She teaches under- and post-graduate courses for nurses and complementary therapists, and works full time in private practice. Sue is currently studying for her MA (Psychotherapy).
Tom Hewetson is an osteopath who has worked extensively with athletes at both national and international levels. He spent six years as first team Osteopath to London Wasps, and five years working for the RFU at London Division. Tom has a Masters Degree in Sports Injury and Therapy. He is one of the founder members of the Osteopathic Sports Care Association, and is still a committee member today. He is a lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a guest lecturer at BCOM, as well as giving talks to regional osteopathy and physiotherapy groups. He lectured on the MSc in Osteopathic Sports Care at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has recently published his new book "An Illustrated Guide to Taping Techniques".
Peter Gladwell is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist at North Bristol NHS Trust whose clinical work has included: Pain Management Programmes, a Secondary Prevention Low Back Pain Programme, and pain management/rehabilitation work with individuals. It has also included assessment, individual and group treatment in the Frenchay Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service, Bristol. Peter had a role in a research programme investigating group CBT for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, and was involved clinically with the Back to Work research project. He teaches General Practitioners about the management of CFS/ME. He has had extended involvement with the Physiotherapy Pain Association, a Clinical Interest Group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. He started a PhD in October 2007, investigating the use of TENS devices by people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. He has provided postgraduate education for physiotherapists since 2001, teaching biopsychosocial assessment and the Cognitive Behavioural Approach to managing pain.
Prof. David Coggon is Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton. He graduated in mathematics and medicine from Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and after hospital jobs in internal medicine, he joined the MRC as an epidemiologist in 1980. His main research interests are the relation of work to musculo-skeletal disorders, the risks from chemical hazards in the workplace, and cultural and psychological determinants of illness attributed to occupational hazards. He has also had a major role in the translation of research into policy. He currently chairs the Committee on Toxicity (FSA/HPA) and the Mobile Telecommunications Health Research Programme Management Committee (DH). In the past, he chaired the Advisory Committee on Pesticides (DEFRA) and the Depleted Uranium Oversight Board (MoD), and was a member of the Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation (HPA), the Panel on Plant Protection Products and their Residues at the European Food Safety Authority, the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council (DSS), the Stewart Committee on mobile phones (DH), and the Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards (DoE). He was President of the UK Faculty of Occupational Medicine from 2008-2011.
Dr Helen Birch is a Lecturer in Musculo-Skeletal Pathobiology at University College London and the Royal Veterinary College and a registered Osteopath. She has researched tendon biology for the past forteen years and is particularly interested in the relationships between tendon function, mechanical properties and molecular composition