A Manual Approach to the Brain: Part 1; DVD 1 - General
Overview, Brain Functional Listening, and Complete Treatment Demonstration
after Mechanical Trauma
The three DVDs in the Brain 1 Series, presented by Jean-Pierre
Barral, show an innovative manual approach to working with the brain. These are
the first three DVDs in a larger series about the brain.
The DVDs contain a
series of manual evaluations and treatments. For each of the treatments covered, by way of original
illustrations by Jean-Pierre Barral, the related anatomical and
physiological basis is explained with clarity.
Part 1, DVD 1 Highlights:
- General overview
- Landmarks and function
- Brain functional listening theory
- 11 treatment demonstrations
Barral demonstrates how to work simply with what is
considered the most complex organ of the human body—the brain. The technique demonstrations
show Barral addressing the brain and its associated nervous and vascular
connections as the ‘content’ of the human head, which, characterized by its
bony and membranous enclosure, is regarded as the ‘container.’ The
demonstrations serve to shine new light on the rich knowledge that is the
foundation of manual osteopathy and many other manual modalities.
The material presented was developed from concrete insights
coming from Barral’s clinical work with the brain over the past four decades. The
material brings together and clarifies Barral’s other legacies—Visceral
Manipulation, Neural Manipulation, and Visceral Vascular Manipulation. The work
with the brain is put in the context of working with the many subdivisions of
the human organism.
The material assists manual therapy practitioners to view
systemic diseases in a new light. This includes discussions about such
conditions as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Barral discusses such pathologies and highlights the limitations of manual
therapy with regards to helping people with these conditions. He then describes—convincingly—how
a manual approach to the brain may transcend these limitations and help alleviate
symptoms that people are experiencing due to these diseases. Barral shares how precise
manual therapy may encourage the central nervous system to self-repair and thus
may help people with certain conditions. The practitioner will also learn ways to
help people who have had a stroke or ictus.
Through the material, one sees that including the brain as
part of manual therapy is novel. It enables one to work with patients who
suffer from dysfunctions of their sensory organs, especially in instances where
mechanical trauma has led to the patient's inability to smell, to hear, or to
see. Because the brain is inherently plastic, the tools that the practitioner will
learn enables him or her, in Barral's own words, to help restore 'inner
bridges' within the brain, which is vital to the life of those facing
In short, the principle underlying A MANUAL APPROACH TO
THE BRAIN is the striking of a balance between the ease of minimum manual effort
and the finesse of maximum manual precision. The revolutionary techniques
offered open new doors to the practitioner, equipping him or her with the means
to help reactivate areas of their patients' brains, facilitating connectedness
into their patients’ organism, which for numerous reasons had been disrupted.