International Conference: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

Conference venue De Ruwenberg Koffie/thee, lunch & syllabus Engels

For this conference we choose to dive into the fascinating cranial field. Osteopathy has a long history of working on the human cranium. Of course WG Sutherland but also Charlotte Weaver were important for the development of osteopathy in the cranial field. Much changed in medicine and science since the times of our osteopathic ancestors. In the age of technology and informatics many tools and devices are developed to scientifically study the osteopathic models.

In this conference we combine science with the osteopathic practice. In the morning scientist and osteopaths are giving theoretical lectures about many aspects of the human cranium. The scientist will present to some recent insights, the osteopath will link these insights with the osteopathic practice. At the end of the morning program there will be a forum discussion and there will be time for questions.

In the afternoon there will be practical demonstration workshops. The osteopath will give a theoretical introduction about a topic and then demonstrate how this can be used in the osteopathic practice. Next to this there are two theoretical presentations where a scientist gives a deepening presentation about a certain topic. This is interesting for osteopaths that want to learn more about the science behind their work.

We are convinced that this format makes the conference interesting for every osteopath. There is a limit of 300 places due to the maximum of people that can be in the workshops. Attention: first come, first served….

When you are interested in a specific workshop, you will have the possibility to do your registration later! 

You will receive more information about registration for the workshops later this year.

Day 1:  March 22, 2024

Morning 08:30 – 13:00:

  • Welcome
  • Osteopathy in the cranial field in 2024, what does science tell us? Rafael Zegarra-Parodi DO MSc
  • Normal human craniofacial growth and development from 0 to 4 years Prof. Mehran Mozan
  • Rhythms in the human cranium, what do we know?. prof Max Moser PhD A
  • The Glymphatic system and sleep.Dr Rolf Fronczek, PhD neuroloog NL
  • Rhythms in the human cranium, what do we feel? Prof. Dr. Eugenijus Kaniusas A
  • LCS circulation and osteopathy in the cranial field Dr. Heike Jaeger
  • Forum discussion

Afternoon 14:00 – 17:30 –> Choose your workshop! *

Theoretical deepening:

  • Lymphatics in the cranial field. Raymond Perrin DO PhD GB || Afternoon 14:00 – 15:30
  • Inherent Rhytems with Holger Pelz DO || Afternoon 15:45 – 17:30

Practical demonstration workshops

  • The work of Charlotte Weaver. Kok Weng Lim DO GB
  • Pressure Headaches. Jane Stark DO Can
  • An Osteopathic Approach to Autism – Bramati® Method – Iona Bramati DO PhD
  • Morphogenetic fields and osteopathy in the cranial field (Darraillans) – Gunn Kvivik, DO N

Receptions: 17:30 – 19:00

Day 2, March 23, 2024

Morning 08:30 – 13:00:

  • Mechanical properties of the cranial meninges. Raffael Zegarra-Parodi DO MSc Fr
  • Mechanobiology of the human cranium. Sylvain Gabriele PhD Be
  • Anatomy of the autonomic outflow. Thomas Verlinden PhD Nl
  • The Trigeminal nerve; the menigeovascular complex in headache and migraine. Prof Messlinger PhD D
  • The relationship between the upper cervical segments and the cranium. Prof Neuhuber PhD D
  • Piezo 2 receptors and osteopathy in the cranial field. Heike Jaeger PhD D
  • Forum discussion

Afternoon 14:00 – 17:30 –> Choose your workshop! *

Theoretical deepening:

  • The role of mechanobiology in the development and normal function of the human cranium, the role of mechanics in Traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease. Sylvain Gabrielle PhD Be || Afternoon 14:00 – 15:30
  • The brain gut axis, is it top-down or bottom up? And how does this affect our work as osteopaths?” Prof W. Neuhuber PhD D || Afternoon 15:45 – 17:15

Practical demonstration workshops

  • The work of Charlotte Weaver. Kok Weng Lim DO GB
  • Pressure Headaches. Jane Stark DO Can
  • An Osteopathic Approach to Autism – Bramati® Method – Iona Bramati DO PhD
  • Teeth, occlusion and functional orthodontics (Darraillans) Practical work on dento-oro-facial stuctures. Gunn Gvivik DO N

Dr Rolf Fronczek works as a neurologist/somnologist in Leiden University Medical Centre and Sleep-Wake Centre SEIN, the Netherlands. He is past secretary and current member of the scientific committee of the European Narcolepsy Network, and member of the education committee and the Sleep/Wake (as co-chair) & Headache panels of the European Academy of Neurology. His expertise is in both headache and sleep disorders, with a research focus on hypothalamic disorders, such as cluster headache and narcolepsy, and the role of sleep in brain health.

Kok Weng Lim is a graduate of the British School of Osteopathy and also the European School of Osteopathy and the University of Greenwich where he completed his postgraduate training.  He has a special interest in paediatric osteopathy and has co-authored two books on pediatric osteopathy and one on balanced ligamentous tension.


He has worked and taught at the Osteopathic Centre for Children since its inception in 1991. He is on the faculty of various osteopathic educational institutions both in the UK and in Europe including the international faculty at the European School of Osteopathy, the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy, Wiener Schule für Osteopathie and Barcelona School of Osteopathy.  For the past 8 years he has also worked in a neonatal unit in a hospital in north London as a senior osteopath.

Dr Iona Bramati has been awarded a PhD in recognition of her work on the ‘Effects of Visceral Osteopathic Techniques on the behaviour and Gastrointestinal function of autistic children”.

Her PhD was awarded by the University of Westminster in collaboration with King’s College Hospital, endorsed by the National Autistic Society (NAS) supported by the British College of Osteopathy Medicine (BCOM) and sponsored via the British Naturopathic and Osteopathic Association (BNOA) grant.

Dr Bramati, PhD, was recognised at the ICAOR10 for her outstanding research on the treatment of gastrointestinal symptoms in autism using visceral osteopathy. She was honoured with the Elsevier/International Conference on the Advancement of Osteopathic Research – New Researcher Prize.

Dr Bramati sees a wide variety of patients with a particular focus on paediatrics and autistic children. She is the only professional in the world with a PhD in the effects of Visceral Osteopathic Technique applied to autistic children, and is incredibly passionate about integrating and elevating the services provided to the children, their parents and carers.

Gunn will be teaching orofacial and cranial techniques by Bernard Darraillans including the morphogenetic fields. On the second day she will cover functional orthodontics, infant swallowing and other factors influencing occlusion, the teeth and craniofacial growth.


Gunn has a background as a physiotherapist, finished her osteopathy in 97 in DOK, Germany. She attended numerous postgraduate courses and conferences with Darraillans, Druelle, Molinari, Barral, Camirand as well as Magoun, Mitchell and Frymann, all students of Sutherland.  She assisted Frymann on her last visit/conference in Chiemsee, Germany.


For 4 years, Gunn did research on how sucking-swallowing mechanism affects the development of the infant skull with her twin sister Line Kvivik Cote. They won the Sutherlands prize with their thesis: “Breastfeeding and its influence on the infant skull” in 2003. Their mentor was Bernard Darraillans, which had a great impact on their practice as they both assisted him at numerous conferences in Germany and France.


Gunn moved to Norway in 2000 and started her clinic in Kristiansand. She gives lectures to osteopaths, midwives and orthodontists about breastfeeding, orofacial development, infant swallowing and occlusion. Gunn is also a dedicated kayaker involved in education of kayak instructors. When she doesn´t work, she kayaks around the Mediterranean islands with Line or in the beautiful archipelago of Norway.


Some words from Gunn about Bernard:

I am honored to be passing on the knowledge of Bernard. He had a special palpation skill communicating with the deep feelings imprinted in the patient’s tissues. Even though he was partially blind, he seemed to see with his heart and his hands. Bernard developed his conscience throughout his life always seeking new and deeper knowledge. He wrote several books about fascia, occlusion and functional orthodontics. Later in life he was involved in PNI, neuroscience, quantic physics and biodynamics.


Throughout his teaching he became above all the reference person for a lot of osteopaths for his somato-emotional approach, including us. We met him 30 years ago in our first year of osteopathy teaching a fascia course in Germany. He left a true imprint in both of us becoming our osteopathic “Father” as well mentor for our thesis.

I am Thomas Verlinden, anatomist at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. I teach anatomy, embryology and histology to both under- and post-graduate (bio)medical students.  Most of my time is dedicated to the (surgical) anatomy of the abdomen. Maastricht University is known for its Problem-Based learning system. Together we have the philosophy that students need to develop an intrinsic motivation at the heart of their learning process.

Besides teaching, I occupy a research position. My investigations focus mainly on the anatomy of the sympathetic limb of the peripheral autonomic nervous system.

International Conference: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field
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