WHEN
9th-13th July 2018 – Tuscany, Italy

LOCATION
Certosa di Pontignano
Località Pontignano, 5 – Siena
www.lacertosadipontignano.com
The sessions will take place inside the Certosa in a gorgeous space frescoed by the sixteenth-century painter Bernardo Poccetti. Among all the works there is also the precious “Last Supper” dated 1596.

PROGRAMME

The lessons will be in Italian with English translation

Monday, 9th of July 2018

9:00-13:00 Connective tissue as a mediator of the relationship between form and function: are the principles of A.T. Still still current?
– 9:00-10:45 Histophysiology of the connective tissue (Prof. Stefano Guizzardi)
– 11:00-12:00 Powers of ten: cells, extracellular matrix, tissues and tensional integrity (Prof. Carlo Galli)
– 12:00-13:00 The fascial system and the “management” of the forces: transmission, dissipation and transduction (D.O. Ianos Alcini)

15:00-19:00 Osteopathy as Ground Medicine* (D.O. Mauro Fornari, D.O. Stefano Matassoni)
Historical background and fundamental principles of ground medicine
From embryology to biotypologies: a modern vision of an ancient knowledge

Tuesday, 10th of July 2018

9:00-11:00 Introduction to sychoneuroendocrinology PNEI and stress (D.O. Nicola Barsotti)
– Introduction to PNEI
– The PNEI, osteopathic and reductionist paradigm: comparison and considerations
– The roots of care in Greece and China
– From the origins of the body/mind dualism to vitalism and up to the “third way”
– The rise of reductionism
– Engel, the biopsychosocial model and the thoughts introduced by Irvin Korr
– PNEI as union of scientific traditions: its recent history
– Introduction to stress
– The central pathways
– The neuroendocrine axes activated under stress
– Effects on the amygdala, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex
– Systemic effects of stress

11:00-13:00 Osteopathic techniques in the PNEI field (D.O. Mauro Fornari)

14:30-18:30 Osteopathy as Ground Medicine (D.O. Fornari, D.O. Stefano Matassoni)
Parasympathetic ( melancholic) ectomorph biotype: physiopathological characteristics and indications of treatment
Orthosympathetic (nervous) ectomorph biotype: physiopathological aspects and directions of treatment

21:00-23:00 Mirror neurons under the stars (Dr. Elena Pattini)
The opposite of empathy
The cerebral circuits of empathy: neurophysiological mechanisms
Mirror neurons: the discovery of a biorelation between human beings
Gender differences in empathy: scientific and evolutionary aspects
The social brain: the neurobiological basis of the human relationship
The intersubjective matrix: “the Still Face Experiment”
Social-emotional learning: identifying emotions in others
Test: Reading mind in the eyes

Wednesday, 11th of July 2018

9:00-11:00 Relationship between the nervous and the immune system. Osteopathic effects in complexity (D.O. Nicola Barsotti)
– The relationships between the nervous and the immune system
– Development of studies in the immune and neurological field
– Similarities between the nervous and the immune system
– The pathways of communication between the nervous and the immune system with an in-depth analysis of the vagal pathways
– Osteopathic effects in complexity
– Receptor systems
– Mechanobiology
– Blood and lymphatic circulation
– ANS and neural sensitization
– Endocrine regulation
– The psychic and relational element
– The context: placebo and nocebo
– Somatic dysfunction in an integrated perspective

11:15-13:00 Osteopathic techniques in the PNEI field (D.O. Mauro Fornari)

15:00-19:00 Osteopathy as Ground Medicine (D.O. Fornari, D.O. Stefano Matassoni)
Orthosympathetic (bilious) mesomorph biotype: physiopathological characteristics and indications of treatment
Parasympathetic (blood) mesomorph biotype: physiopathological features and indications of treatment

Thursday, 12th of July 2018

9:00-13:00 Model of diagnosis and osteopathic therapy: postural reading and treatment model concerning biotypologies according to the teachings of Dr. John Martin Littlejohn (D.O Franco Guolo)
– Key points of the Littlejohn’s patient approach
– Clinical application of the lines of force and tension
– Clinical application of the arches: spinal, cranial, plantar

14:30-19:30 Osteopathy as Ground Medicine (D.O. Fornari, D.O. Stefano Matassoni)
Parasympathetic (phlegmatic) endomorph biotype: physiopathological characteristics and indications of treatment
Orthosympathetic (lymphatic) endomorph biotype: physiopathological characteristics and indications of treatment

21:00-23:00 Mirror neurons under the stars (Dr. Elena Pattini)
Cognitive, affective and motor empathy
Connecting with the patient: constraints and possibilities
Non-verbal communication: the ECSI method
Stress and empathy
Empathic communication techniques
Active listening
Empathy and music
A little bit of Mindfulness

Friday, 13th of July 2018

9:00-13:00 Application of the Littlejohn’s model in the occlusal and the energy field (D.O. Franco Guolo)
– Relationship between the theory of the lines of force and occlusal problems
– Evaluation of the lines of force through the present movement: rationale and clinical application
– Clinical trial

14:30-18:30 Osteopathy as Ground Medicine (D.O. Fornari, D.O. Stefano Matassoni)
Summary of the covered topics, discussion of clinical reports, practical examples

* Osteopathy as Ground Medicine
Mauro Fornari (D.O., CIO founder and president) developed the osteopathic approach to the biological ground of the patient along with a group of teachers. This method derives from shared thoughts on the osteopathic principles given us by the founding fathers of osteopathy and from the meeting with exponents of other traditional medicines, including the traditional Chinese and Mediterranean medicine, which have their system of classifying human types.
The ideas that emerged from this shared knowledge have been linked with the clinical observation of our patients and their way of “getting sick” and “healing”. This approach inspired the group to develop both the historical evolution of the medical concept of “ground” and the pathophysiological aspect, combining the in-depth knowledge of modern medicine with the overall vision of the human being and his relationships typical of the “ancient” medicines.
In recent years this broad experience has led to a project: a specific training path in osteopathy as ground medicine and the publication of a book to illustrate its fundamental principles. The course is divided into five sessions that will take place in the afternoon. During these meetings, the lecturers will discuss the historical overview, the principles at the heart of the ground medicine, the biotypologies with their physiological and dysfunctional characteristics and a model of adequate osteopathic treatment for each biotypology.

COST
700 euros including VAT
You have the chance to stay at the Certosa di Pontignano at a special price. Click here to download the accomodation booking form
It is possible to request transfer services from Pisa and Florence airports and Siena train station by May, 31 (not included in the registration fee).

LECTURERS
(in alphabetical order)

Ianos Alcini, D.O., ROI (Register of Italian osteopaths) member, and physiotherapist; he is a professor of anatomy and physiology of the fascia in the osteopathic field at the CIO in Bologna and Parma. In 2016 he won the Peracca award.

Nicola Barsotti, D.O., ROI (Register of Italian osteopaths) member, and physiotherapist; for years he has been a professor of anatomy and physiology of the ANS and PNEI integrated physiology at the CIO in Bologna and Parma. He coordinates the National Research Committee on Body Disciplines (DIS-CO) of SIPNEI (Italian Society of Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology). Also, he is the co-author of the book “The PNEI and the fascial system: the structure that connects” published in 2017 (Edra Elsevier) and author of the chapter Osteopathic medicine in “Psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology and the Science of Integrated Care – the handbook” edited by F. Bottaccioli and A.G. Bottaccioli. He has written several scientific papers for Italian medical journals and he has participated as a speaker at national and international conferences and lectured in several osteopathic postgraduate courses. Also, he is C.O.M.E. Collaboration onlus member and PNEIMED (PsychoNeuroEndocrinoImmunology-based meditation) teacher. He is a founding member of C.M.O. – Center for Osteopathic Medicine and Integrated Therapies in Florence.

Mauro Fornari, D.O., ROI member, and physiotherapist; he is founder and president of the Italian College of Osteopathy with offices in Parma and Bologna. Since 2009 he is the director of the postgraduate school in Osteopathy and Ground Medicine at the CIO. Moreover, he is the author of the text “Handbook on Fascia in the Osteopathic field” (2015, Ed. Piccin), co-author of “Osteopathy as Ground Medicine” (2014, Ed. Piccin) and “Osteopathy and Lymphatic System” (2016, ed. Piccin).
In September 2017 he published the paper “Single Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy Session Dampens Acute Autonomic and Neuroendocrine Responses to Mental Stress in Healthy Male Participants” (M.Fornari, L.Carnevali, A. Sgoifo) in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Also, he is the author of several publications in the osteopathic field, co-promoter of the journal OsteopatiaNews; he organizes national and international conferences. In 1992 he started the first Italian center of non-conventional medicine.

Carlo Galli is an associate professor of Dental Materials and Prosthetic Technologies at the University of Parma. He is interested in tissue regeneration, interactions between cells and materials, cells surfaces and how cells can read topographic and physical stimuli. He is the author of more than 110 publications of which over 50 articles in extenso.

Stefano Guizzardi is an associate professor of Histology and teaches Histology and Embryology at the University of Parma. Since 2002 he has directed the Histology division of the Department of Experimental Medicine and the Laboratory of Electron Microscopy and Cell Culture. He is the author of more than 100 publications in international scientific journals and has participated as a speaker at over 120 national and international conferences.

Franco Guolo, D.O., ROI member, and physiotherapist; he is the director of studies at the CIO where he teaches Osteopathic Synthesis and Integration, Osteopathy in the Musculoskeletal and Myofascial field and Clinical Osteopathy. He works as a freelance professional in several medical practices and health centers. Also, he teaches at the SOMA school in Milan. Recently he was appointed as vice-president of AISO – Italian Association of Osteopathy Schools. He is a co-author of the book “Athletic Preparation and Rehabilitation” Ed. Medico Scientifica Torino and in 2014 he published the work “Atlas of Muscle Energy Techniques,” Ed. Piccin. Besides he is a co-author of another oncoming publication: “Littlejohn’s Lines of Force and their clinical applications ” Ed. Edra. He has participated as a speaker at 20 national conferences on osteopathic and other medical-scientific topics.

Stefano Matassoni, D.O., ROI member, and physiotherapist; he is a teacher at the CIO since 2002, where he teaches osteopathy in the cranial, fascial and TMJ field. He supervises numerous theses, and he has also participated as co-teacher in many postgraduate courses organized at the CIO on the relationships between osteopathy and traditional Chinese medicine and on other osteopathic subjects. He is a co-author of the book “Osteopathy as Ground Medicine” (Ed. Piccin) and co-teacher of the training courses in the same area. He practices as a freelance professional.

Elena Pattini is a psychologist and systemic-relational psychotherapist. Also, she has a Ph.D. in psychology and vast experience in working on systematic reviews and meta-analysis. She won a research fellowship at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Parma where she works in close collaboration with prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti; both of them are co-founders of Empaticalab, the research center on empathy. Dr. Pattini is in charge of verifying the scientific nature of the contents of Empaticalab’s activities and coordinating the scientific committee. She teaches in many courses on the neuroscientific basis of empathy for Giunti Psychometrics. Also, she has a consolidated experience in research projects in the field of autism and family stress from a psychobiological point of view. She is a member of the Stress Control Lab research group directed by prof. Andrea Sgoifo, where she deals with the analysis of non-verbal behavior and psychometric data. She carries out clinical rehabilitation and family support activities at the Center for the Treatment, Diagnosis and the Study of the Disorders of Communication and Socialization in Parma.

Contact us