Functional Methods for Manual Therapists PART 2

(4 days) 12th Nov. 2022 - 15th Nov. 2022

€ 720,00 EUR
Workshop details

4-day Educational Workshops in Precise Assessment and Low Force Treatment Methods

There are many varieties of Functional Assessment and Treatment Methods. The most commonly practiced Functional treatment variations are Unwinding and Functional-Indirect. These two low-force yet powerful treatment methods allow the practitioner to accomplish a great deal.  Skill in a full scope of functional methods will, however, dramatically increase the number of keys on a practitioner’s ring to unlock wellbeing in a wide range of client scenarios. I invite you to pick up those keys one at a time.  

Learn techniques to achieve more effective results with less effort

The workshops will equip participants with an integrated and widely applicable assessment protocol, and a diverse treatment skill-set with which to address a wide range of biomechanical issues.

Learn all these methods and how they relate to each other to get a much fuller understanding of how functional methods achieve change in the body. You will then be able to mix and match techniques to address a wide range of situations. Along with treatment strategies good assessment skills are essential.


As well as boosting the structural Integration practice, this course also provides an excellent foundation for many other modalities including visceral manipulation, craniosacral therapy, and counter-strain, to name a view.

We explore the principles behind the specific manipulations, enabling workshop participants to improvise techniques to fit a wide range of situations. The assessment methods elegantly answer the question we must ask at every moment in a session: where can I work on this person that will bring about the greatest positive change for the whole person?  

In the uniqueness and complexity of our clients/patients, each functional method provides another potential avenue to normalize tight or lax tissue in the body. Developing skill in all the variations will equip you with a large tool kit with which to address a wide range of situations for your clients/patients. Each method is powerful in itself while some can be combined to give more variations and achieve stronger results.


This four-day workshop will teach seven distinct assessment methods and six treatment methods. Two thirds of the methods come from osteopathy, including several from Jean-Pierre Barral DO. A third of the methods are new and created by Jeffrey Burch. We present how to use each method on a range of tissue types and body areas.

We will cover:

(Part 2)

Assessment Methods:

  • Manual Thermal
  • General Tap
  • Ask the body
  • Extended listening
  • Listening from a symptomatic area

Treatment Methods:

  • Near first barrier
  • Far first barrier
  • Mixed near&far first barriers
  • Oscillating between the barriers
  • Middle barrier technique
  • Induction of a rhythm
  • Recoil
  • Walking through the spectrum of barriers


Accredited by:

- Kwaliteit en Toetsing Natuurgerichte Opleidingen (KTNO):    1 EC

- European Rolfing Association (ERA):  4 Elective CEU

- Dr. Ida Rolf Institute (DIRI):    4 Elective CEU          

- International Association of Structural Integrators (IASI):     28 SI spec. CEU.   


Prerequisites:  for all bodyworkers/therapists with a professional education in touch-based bodywork/manual therapy.

Material: there is a comprehensive binder going with “Functional Methods”, which is to purchase for € 50.-, after registration.

Jeffrey Burch
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