2024 Course Dates

  • Visceral Manipulation 1 (VM1): 23 – 26 May 2024
  • Visceral Manipulation 2 (VM2): 1 – 4 August 2024
  • Neuromeningeal Manipulation (NM1): 10 – 13 October 2024

Contact joanneenslin@mweb.co.za for a registration form.

Visceral Manipulation 1 (VM1)

Dates: 23 to 26 May 2024
Lecturer: Joanne Enslin (MS, HON, PT, BI-D)
Venue: 78 Ballyclare Drive, River Club, Johannesburg
Full tuition: R 15 500 (Due: 1 April 2024)

In Visceral Manipulation: The Abdomen (VM1) you will study the models and theories of functional biomechanics as viewed from Barral’s innovative approach.

  • Learn manual skills to locate, evaluate and normalize primary areas of dysfunction within the abdominal cavity.
  • Explore the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes and ligaments.
  • Examine the relationship of organs and structural or neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
  • Assess the quality of functional activity and somatic structures as they relate to an overall pattern.


Visceral Manipulation 2 (VM2)

Pre-requisite: Complete VM1
Dates: 1 to 4 August 2024
Lecturer: Joanne Enslin (MS, HON, PT, BI-D)
Venue: 78 Ballyclare Drive, River Club, Johannesburg
Full tuition: R 15 500 (Due: 15 June 2024)

In Visceral Manipulation: The Abdomen 2 (VM2) you will expand on the functional anatomy, hand placements and techniques you learned in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 to give you a deeper understanding of the abdominal cavity and its relationship to the cranial and thoracic cavities.

  • Explore the deeper structures within the abdominal cavity, focusing on the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, greater omentum, peritoneum, and their connective or suspensory tissues.
  • Learn about the concept of restriction planes, mobility and motility.
  • Begin to incorporate multiple long-lever techniques into your VM work.
  • Participate in supervised, hands-on sessions that guide you through specific techniques for locating and evaluating each organ, along with the effects and contraindications.


Neuromeningeal Manipulation: An Integrative Approach to Trauma (NM1)

Pre-requisite: Complete VM2
Dates: 10 to 13 October 2024
Lecturer: TBC
Venue: 78 Ballyclare Drive, River Club, Johannesburg
Full tuition: R 17 500 (Due: 10 August 2024)

Study the three primary areas of trauma as they relate to whiplash: physical laws, evaluation and treatment.

  • Learn the appropriate anatomy and physiology for treatment of whiplash and trauma conditions.
  • Learn to locate and release restrictions along the meningeal system.
  • Assess injuries to the soft tissues of the cervical region and learn treatment protocols for optimal release.
  • Learn tests to determine restriction patterns of the cervicobrachial region.
  • Understand how whiplash creates restriction patterns throughout the body.
  • Identify techniques that encompass the whole body, as the whole body receives collision forces in a whiplash injury, not just the cervical spine.
  • Learn to evaluate restrictions in the lumbosacral region.
  • Discover new applications of visceral manipulation principles and techniques as they can be utilized for patients presenting whiplash and other conditions involving trauma.
  • Compare treatment sequence and tests for whiplash and traumatic injuries.

Jean-Pierre Barral’s Neural Manipulation is not just another manual therapy that we add to our work, but rather it is a “style” of communicating with the body. We are doing all of these techniques, not to FIX something in the body but rather to ‘wake up a little something’ as Jean-Pierre Barral says over and over again.

Barral says, “What we are wanting to do is to give the body a clear message.” “To be specific in a short time.” He says these things over and over. These are his messages of proprioceptive communication – his unique style and approach to working with patients. To have and hold this deep appreciation of the messages of the body. To hear him say, “Ahh you know, you can fool yourself with your stories; only the tissues know.”