Biodynamics of Osteopathy Programme

The Founder

Dr Jealous has drawn on his extensive training, teaching and practice experience in the development of this programme. From 1965 to 2005, he was inspired, trained and mentored by members of Dr Sutherland’s personal study group and many other revered osteopathic elders, whilst himself supporting and teaching to countless osteopathic students. Practicing for over 40 years as a traditional family Osteopath, his passion to honour the heart of Osteopathy, through meticulous study of Osteopathic history, fidelity to it’s principles, and an extraordinary capacity to “dig on” has culminated in this unique melding of traditional and contemporary teachings. The Biodynamic model’s foundation stands upon an abiding love and respect for the unerring wisdom of nature as expressed in the forces of embryologic growth and development , as well as other expressions of natural law, whilst embracing the ongoing study of the principles of science.

“The creation of the Biodynamics Program came from a deep love and respect for the Soul of Osteopathy. Through the help and kindness of exceptional teachers and years of personal interest, the beauty of Primary Respiration has become a moment to moment reality in my life. As a therapeutic tool Primary Respiration is uniquely complete in its Wholeness. It spans every dimension of the Healing Arts”.  

These courses reflect an important legacy as one of the few remaining direct connections to Dr Sutherland’s work in contemporary osteopathic training.

James Jealous D.O.

The Programme

Firmly rooted in the primary osteopathic principles of Wholeness and Health as the key resource of our patients in maintaining health and well being, the programme offers two training pathways:

1) An eight course pathway of osteopathic and personal development consisting of the following topics:

Phase I  – An introduction to the biodynamic model. A review of treatment approaches and language in osteopathy, models of balanced tension (B.M.T.), the concept of the Neutral as a starting point for treatment both locally and globally, and an introduction to the concept of balanced fluid tension (B.F.T.).
Phase II  –  An in-depth exploration of fluid dynamics at 2-3 CPM. Rates and fluctuations, CV4-EV4 approaches and Automatic Shifting
Phase III  –  Dural development to full adult and the significance of the ventricular system in practice. Membranous lesioning.  The ADG and its clinical significance. Working with the “long tide”.
Phase IV  –  Midline as a source of therapeutic force. The reciprocal tension of potency. “Ignition” and the first breath.
Phase V  – The embryological development of the head and neck. Evaluation and treatment of the face and cranium as embryological “segments”.
Phase VI  –  Embryological developmental fulcra further explored. Stillness and our observer. Treatment of the extremities using Dr Sutherland’s “Powerpoints”.
Phase VII  –  Finding the Health. Feeling for the physical presence and substance of the perfect form.
Phase VIII  –  The Void, Love and Healing, Wholeness as a living reality.

Phase IX – This course embraces precision and decision making in severe CNS trauma and other clinical presentations, and explores using principles rather than a specific method. This course requires that individuals have completed Phases I-VIII and have been in practice for a minimum of 10 years.

The programme is in evolution, with content being modified and added on an ongoing basis.

2) A three course pathway to explore the key sensory and palpatory experiences necessary for the Treatment of Children.

Phase 1 – A meeting place. Wholeness as the fundamental unit. The maternal pelvis.
Phase 2 – Fluid dynamics and fulcrums. Thoracic and primary respiration as a single movement, the first breath and “ignition”. Treating the moving child.
Phase 3 – Regulation of ANS and homeostasis. Differential diagnosis. Considerations in the treatment of genetic conditions.

Sensory Bridges: The courses support osteopaths in their development through and across the sensory bridges of Dr Sutherland’s development during his 50 plus years of practice, and more. Over time ones palpation matures and refines into a subtle sensing of tone, texture and tempo of the tissue/fluid/potency continuum under our hands. One can identify several key sensory “bridges” that are crossed on this journey, however, all too often we are stuck with our original/early language to describe what we are feeling. Dr Jealous has developed and defined a sensory language for these courses which most osteopaths describe as a “a coming home” in their relationship with their own working practices.

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