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Biodynamic principles of Osteopathy in the cranial field
The phase program

The biodynamic model of osteopathy in the cranial field is originally developed by Dr. James Jealous. The courses are for postgraduate, fully licensed osteopaths with a curriculum designed for those with prior training in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.

The biodynamicmodel is based upon nine phases. The following teaching topics will be discussed:

Phase 1:

In Phase 1 we study the different approaches in osteopathic treatment: from bio-mechanical over functional to osteopathy in the cranial field. 

We revisit Dr Sutherland's approach to Osteopathy in the later years of his life when he was working with Balanced Fluid Tension (BFT). 


We explore:


  • local and systemic neutral using a Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT) principle, 

  • Direction Of Ease versus Barrier,

  • Biomechanical and Functional methodology of Balanced Membranous Tension (B.M.T.)

  • Motion present,

  • Biodynamic methodology of Patient's Neutral, natural boundaries,

  • Synchronization with Primary Respiration,

  • The motion of the C.N.S and Lamina Terminalis as the fulcrum of C.N.S. motion noted by W.G. Sutherland,

  • C.N.S embryological development and function,


We learn how to rebalance our patient. 


Phase 2:

Is about the concept of the 'fluid body' or zone B through an in-depth perception of fluid dynamics and its clinical significance.

We learn about:

  • The different zone’s: A, B, C, D

  • Primary Respiration and the different rates. 

  • The therapeutic and diagnostic use of Balanced Fluid Tension (BFT) around the fulcrum incited by the tidal forces.

  • Fluid that can lesion.

  • Working with the motion present in the lesion and not with inertia.

  • The Longitudinal Fluctuation used as a diagnostic tool. 

  • CV4-EV4 treatment and its clinical relevance.

  • Levels of Stillness.

  • At the end of the course, the osteopath will acquire a methodology to develop a sensory experience of the spontaneous therapeutic process of Automatic Shifting, occurring after the neutral


Phase 3:

Phase 3 is about The Long Tide.


We study:

  • The development of the Central Nervous System and different layers of cranial membranes.

  • The perceptual skills to distinguish between periosteal dura, meningeal dura, leptomeninges and CNS. 

  • The presence of the Therapeutic Forces of the Long Tide in the lesion. 

  • The clinical significance and principles of treatment of the neuro-immune-endocrine connection and V3 - the Bird-. 

  • The anterior dural girdle.

  • Our perception as an immune function.


Throughout the course, the skill of tempo, humility and synchronizing with the Health will be developed.


Phase 4:


Is about the midline that centers us and the history of the midline in Osteopathy.


We study:

  • Midline as a therapeutic force and its relationship to the soma.

  • Ignition is a function of the midline that moves the Potency of the Tide

  • 3e level stillness or dynamic stillness.

  • The reciprocal tension of the potency

  • The Meeting place, where your consciousness shifts, and you are met by the Health. 

  • Automatic shifting.

  • The function of the neuro-immuno-endocrine system

  • Finding cause.

  • Fire in the bones.

  • Treatment of the pre and post-natal maternal pelvis


Phase 5:


Is a time to integrate the first 4 phases in our practice and life.


We study:


  • The embryological development of the head and upper neck.

  • The evaluation, diagnostic and treatment of the face and cranium.

  • The upper, middle and lower face - anatomical, functional and biodynamic fluid fields and their importance in growth and development.

  • The seams. 

  • The principles of treatment in clinical cases such as entrapment neuropathies, migraines, infection, dental work and trauma.

  • The treatment of sinuses.


Phase 6:


We study:

  • Treatment of the extremities.

  • Dr Sutherland’s Power points.

  • Palatines and midfacial fluid fields

  • Craniometrics 


Phase 7:

Phase 7 is about The Health.


We study:


  • management of pain in chronic and terminally ill patients, Treatment of the dying patient.

  • dynamic stillness and the Neutral of the health

  • The void

  • Feeling the physical presence and substance of the perfect form

  • 3 levels of stillness

  • head trauma and memory of matrix of the health

  • age related cognitive decline (ARCD) in geriatric patient


Phase 8:


Phase 8 is about Wholeness.


We study:


  • Wholeness and the Osteopathic Philosophy 

  • The Void

  • Neutral in the Whole, a journey back to Cause

  • Wholeness as a living reality

  • Love and Healing

  • Functional reserve and Rest.

  • The physiological effect of the first breath on the whole patient 

  • Biodynamic principles to assess the function of the central nervous system

  • Embryological development of the paranasal sinuses. 

  • Paranasal sinuses endothelium; one unit of function. The clinical relevance in treatment.


Phase 9:


This course embraces precision and decision making in severe CNS trauma. 

This course requires that individuals have completed Phases I-VIII.


We study:


  • The use of principles rather than a specific method. 

  • Unconditional Love.

  • Shake down an overview of natural progression in the development of skills from Phase 1-9.

  • Biodynamic assessment and evaluation of the inherent motion of the CNS.

  • Embryological development of the eye and the clinical significance of the optic axis and spatial dynamics.

  • The treatment of the eyes.

  • the flow of attention in treatment.

Pediatrics program

“ Learn from yesterday,
Live for today,
Hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.”
Albert Einstein


In 2006 Werner Van Camp, together with a whole team of dedicated Osteopaths, founded the SOCK clinic and training program. The aim is to serve children and their Health. 


They started their program that has grown to be a wonderful “meeting place” for Osteopaths from all over the world to share, learn and treat children together. The courses are designed to enable registered Osteopaths to develop into safe and proficient pediatric practitioners with high–level critical reasoning and practical treatment skills. It secures their knowledge base, and makes them aware of its limitations.

Meanwhile the SOCK training program spread over the world and is taught in several countries. Osteopaths from over 20 different countries participate and exchange knowledge and experience in The Osteopathic Treatment of Children.


The program for this Osteopathic Treatment of Children Courses has been assembled with Love. All the teaching units in this program are being led by osteopathic experts committed in service to the treatment of families and children. It is the first time that so many teachers and students of Osteopathy have worked together to build up one curriculum, which will serve as a reference in pediatric osteopathic medicine.

The curriculum is based on the biodynamic model as designed by James Jealous D.O. The fundamental courses will be given by Werner Van Camp D.O., who has been a personal friend and student of Dr. Jealous for many years. Supportive assessment will be given through sharing in the teaching clinic, adding depth and continuity to learning. 


Teaching topics will include: 

  • An osteopathic approach to pre-conception care, to include issues of fertility and assisted conception.

  • Ante natal care, of mother and baby. To include issues of fetal positioning, and self help measures for labor and delivery.

  • Birthing and Issues arising from fetal “malpresentation.”

  • Case history taking appropriate to the child.

  • Engaging children and the family in a clinical/treatment setting, to include appropriate use of language and “management” of the complex presentation.

  • Osteopathic and clinical assessment of the newborn, pre-school, school and adolescent child.

  • Osteopathic differential diagnosis on children from newborn until the age of 18.

  • Assessment and osteopathic management of respiratory presentations in children.

  • Assessment and osteopathic management of infectious presentations in children.

  • Assessment and osteopathic management of orthopedic presentations in children.

  • Assessment and osteopathic management of neurological presentations in children.

  • Assessment and osteopathic management of trauma related issues in children.

  • Assessment and osteopathic management of congenital/genetic issues in children.

  • Failure to thrive and growth and development issues in children.

  • Osteopathic support of the premature child.

  • Osteopathic approaches in behavioral issues.

  • Osteopathic treatment principles appropriate to the engagement of children.


All of these topics will form a significant part of the teaching, both at a lecture and hands on level in the clinic. When necessary, topics will be taught on a body system basis i.e. respiratory, orthopedic, neurological, etc. However, the intention of the course is to re-awaken the soul of the Osteopath, working from the form of Dr Still’s simple but profound principles, to allow the Osteopath to engage disease in whatever form it may present in the child. Students will take benefit of many years and thousands of treatments of experience from the teachers and colleagues. It will provide students a tremendous foundation to welcome and help children and their families in their daily practices.


The program will be presented in a form of three 4-day modules a year. This training program is unique in the world of osteopathic treatment for children. Woven around a practical day of treatment of patients in our children’s clinic will be some 20 hours of lecturing, reflective learning, study and time to explore the subtle nature of the exchange between Osteopath and child. Completion of the entire curriculum will take 6 years. This may seem long, but there is a lot to study and experience together and “time goes fast if you have fun” as our actual participants say. The schedule and timetabling for the teaching has been set at a tempo designed to maximize the learning potential from the three and a half day training units.


There is no better osteopathic teacher than the patient, a child.

As our founder Dr. Still said “The role of the Osteopath is to find Health in the patient, anyone can find disease.”

Lapland course

We are delighted to announce our yearly special course in Lapland!


This course will continue our Biodynamic view in the cranial field.

The beautiful nature of Lapland, with its profound stillness and subtle winter light offers you the opportunity to deepen your senses and train your perception. 

The quality of the course, the beauty of nature, and being in good company with your colleagues makes the trip an unforgettable experience.


Place: Santa's Hotel Tunturi, Saariselkä, Finland


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