Manual Approach to the Brain

Prerequisite MAB1: Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 (VM1) and Listening Techniques 1; An Integrative Approach to Evaluation (LT1)

Prerequisite MAB2: Manual Approach to the Brain 1 (MAB1)

Prerequisite MAB3: Manual Approach to the Brain 2 (MAB2)

Manual Approach to the Brain (MAB1)

"Approaching the brain manually with our clients allows us to perceive its responsiveness and its complexity. We feel it come alive under our hands, sometimes in unpredictable ways. This work offers a new therapeutic approach to working with people with brain problems so we might improve the lives of countless people who seek help." 

- Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, MRO(F), RPT 

Manual Therapy for the Brain Textbook

The brain has always fascinated the medical community and scientists. The various investigative tools of the brain have made exceptional progress. For example, functional MRI can highlight not only structural, but also functional problems. Even so, the brain has remained a mystery despite all the research for which it has been a subject.

Jean-Pierre Barral has been interested in the brain for over forty years. After treating many people with head trauma, stroke, brain diseases, and psychomotor disabilities, he has developed original techniques to help these patients. Barral demonstrates how to work simply with what is considered the most complex organ of the human body—the brain. He addresses 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 course is organized into two parts—a structural approach and a functional approach:

--The structural approach is aimed at the vascular, nervous, meningeal, ocular, barometric, and cerebrospinal fluid circulation systems.

--The functional approach explores the sense of smell, hearing, sight, language, coordination, proprioception, emotions, etc.

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. Such pathologies and the limitations of manual therapy with regards to helping people with these conditions will be discussed, as well as 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.

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 difficulties.

In short, the principle underlying this work is the striking of a balance between the ease of minimum manual effort and the finesse of maximum manual precision.

Manual Approach to the Brain 2 (MAB2) and Manual Approach to the Brain 3 (MAB3) is continued exploration and treatment.

Manual Approach to the Brain 2 (MAB2) builds upon the foundations laid in MAB1, delving deeper into the intricate workings of the brain. It broadens its scope by incorporating additional structures and functions. This comprehensive course encompasses a range of areas, such as the ear, language, pain, emotions, memory, balance, the pituitary and the hypothalamus.

Manual Approach to the Brain 3 (MAB3) delves deeper into the realm of patient care, specifically focusing on individuals with specific conditions. This advanced material empowers manual therapy practitioners to adopt a fresh perspective when approaching systemic diseases. The course explores a range of conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Engaging discussions revolve around understanding the intricacies of these pathologies and the limitations of manual therapy in addressing the unique challenges faced by individuals with these conditions.



"I feel blessed to have the opportunity to learn with these amazing beings. So grateful!"

Claudia P. Chica, PT

"This is the brain material I've been needing in my practice."

J. Nicklaus

"Every time I take a class, my depth of palpatory listening becomes more precise at helping my clients."

Athena P.

"Innovation and brilliance, immediately applicable following class. I am excited to share this therapy with my patients."


"If this class has been on your radar, definitely take it, more than worth it!"

Seminar attendee

"The ringing in my ear stopped after Day 2 of class. It will be great to bring this back to my clients!!"


"I am a better therapist because of the Barral Institute!!"

M. Nesin

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