Phase 1 UK  January 15-18, 2023

Sensory Bridges, the Direction of Ease and an osteopathic view of “The Health”

Offered by Christian Sullivan DO, assisted by Richard Metliss BSc (hons) Ost, this course begins our study of this traditional and holistic view of osteopathy.

We begin by reviewing where we are, the width of treatment methodologies in osteopathy, and with practical sessions explore how we are using our hands and senses now. So often an osteopaths hands have moved on from their early learning phase of practice, to embrace a much more synchronised palpatory and sensory alignment, yet they are stuck with a language which only poorly fits their need. We will work to understand our own “style”, and begin to create and agree a new sensory language.

Our study will take us over significant “sensory bridges”. Moving from balanced membranous tension (BMT) as motion testing to create a balance point as our treatment principle, through to allowing synchronisation with the existing motion in the lesion pattern, to create an augmentation of the motion present as our treatment principle. We also begin our acknowledgment of the stillness of the fulcrum as the organising principle behind the motion expressed. Extending this idea into the realm of balanced fluid tension (BFT), we can begin to understand better the shape changes described by Dr Sutherland  as primary respiration’s inhalation and exhalation, expressed as both inter and intra osseous motion, within connective tissues, and indeed every cell and fluid within the human body. “Every drop knows the Tide”, WG Sutherland. 

Through group discussion, lecture and supported practical sessions the course directs it’s study towards the fundamental building blocks for the Biodynamic model of, Neutral – Direction of Ease – Fulcrums – Health and Wholeness.

Osteopathic students across a wide range of of training and experience report a sense of “coming home” when introduced to theis language, concepts and practical experiences. The sensory language created by Dr Jealous has filled a void long in need of recognition in osteopathy. A very practical and for some revelationary course, with concepts and content for immediate use in the practice.

Course Timetable: A residential course designed to develop a community of osteopathic study, the course has a unique timetable tempo developed by Dr Jealous over many years. Whilst unfamiliar at first, osteopaths soon come to appreciate the timetable as perfect for this work.

Day 1: The course begins with a group lunch at 1:00, we begin our studies at 2:30pm. Day 2: We study together in the morning, with the afternoon free for rest/exercise/personal study. Day 3: We study together for the full day. Day 4: We study together in the morning, and finish with a group lunch at 1:00.  Treatments, described for group learning as they unfold, will also be offered to group participants by Christian.

The Venue

The Leigh Park Hotel ( on the outskirts of Bradford on Avon. This comfortable 3 star hotel is set in peaceful grounds in the Wiltshire countryside, with views over the Wiltshire Downs to Salisbury plain and beyond. All rooms are en-suite, with option of twin/double shared, or single occupancy.

Accommodation Costs: We have negotiated a fully inclusive rate with accommodation and all meals for the duration of the course beginning with lunch on the first day, and finishing with lunch on the last day,  in a shared twin en-suite is £293, or as a single en-suite is £420. For those needing/wishing to stay offsite, an offsite hotel delegate rate  for the course of £105 will apply covering lunches and breaks, this is payable direct to the hotel on arrival. Please ring the the hotel direct +44(0)1225 864885 to book accommodation choice, booking via the hotel website will not be accepted by the hotel for this course.

Booking Your Accommodation: This is a residential course, please contact the hotel direct Tel:+44(0) 1225 864885 with your choice of shared twin, or single room. Be clear which course and dates you ask for, as we have more than one course running at the hotel. Payment for accommodation is to be made direct to the hotel at checkout please.

Specific Dietary Needs?: These can readily be accommodated, but with advance notice please. If you have specific dietary requirements, please mail the hotel direct with your needs. There may be a small additional supplement for specific dietary needs. Vegetarians will be catered for at the normal accommodation rate, with no need to request this at the hotel.

Getting there

Bradford on Avon is some 10 miles from the Georgian city of Bath, and 120 miles west of London.

Train: Bradford on Avon is well served by rail networks, with intercity connections from London and the rest of the UK via Bath Spa station. Here is a link to the UK National Rail Enquires into which you can type your starting station and destination, and are offered travel options/times/prices etc. Bradford on Avon station is some 1.5 miles from the venue, with a local taxi office directly outside the station exit. A taxi to the venue should be no more than £6-7. A taxi direct from Bath Spa station to the venue will be £35-40, with taxis available directly outside the station.

Driving: With ample parking, the hotel is on the edge of Bradford. Here is a link to the Google Map page, reached via the postcode BA152RA.

Flying/Airports: The nearest airport to Bradford on Avon, is Bristol International with flights from many scheduled and budget airline destinations across Europe. A pre-booked taxi from Bristol Airport to the venue is around £80, but much more if taken as a metered fare, here is a link to a local reliable taxi firm.

From London airports you will need to travel to Paddington station in central London, and then to Bath Spa station, and on from Bath Spa station to Bradford on Avon. Taxis are available direct from Bath Spa station to the venue at £35-40. It is possible to pre book a taxi collection direct from London Heathrow airports, at around £160, here is a link

Booking and Admin Details

Course Fee: Course fee is £450, payable no less than 8 weeks in advance of the course date please. Be mindful that we often have osteopaths waiting to fill spaces on courses, if your circumstances change and you need to cancel your place, please give as much notice as possible to allow others to make suitable arrangements.

Accommodation must be booked separately direct with the hotel, please see above under “the venue”.

To book a place on this course please contact Eleanor at for further details. Booking policy: We offer places on all courses to the previous year/phase participants first, after which remaining space is offered to the general osteopathic community, if you wish to join this course please mail with your details.

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