“Osteo Italia”: Osteopathy in the heart of Tuscany

A five-day course from 9th to 13th of July with the most prevailing research topics

Five days of full immersion in the excellence of Italian osteopathy. “Osteo-Italia” is a course scheduled from 9th to 13th of July 2018 and designed for international osteopaths and osteopathy students to take stock of the most current osteopathic research areas in Italy. The topics will range from the PNEI (psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology) to stress, from the connective tissue as a mediator of the relationship between form and function to the clinical application of the lines of force of John Martin Littlejohn and up to the mirror neurons and osteopathy as ground medicine. Osteo-Italia aims to spread the research work of many Italian professionals.
The course is organized by CIO (Italian College of Osteopathy), a high-level training school for osteopaths and an osteopathic research center with offices in Parma and Bologna.

Topics and lecturers – During the five-day course, CIO and the lecturers involved will discuss some of the issues in which they represent the excellence in Italy. First of all the stress, a subject in which CIO has invested a lot of resources in the last years by organizing an ad hoc conference in 2016 and creating a specific research laboratory (“Stress Control Lab”). A pilot study on the effects of the osteopathic treatment on stress was also published in September 2017 in JAOA (Journal of the American Osteopathic Association) by CIO president Mauro Fornari D.O. and by neurophysiologists Andrea Sgoifo and Luca Carnevali. Also, another project on the effects of osteopathy in reducing stress at work is ongoing in some Italian companies involving about 800 employees.
Elena Pattini is a psychologist and psychotherapist who already works for the Stress Control Lab. She will discuss her experience of Empaticalab, the research center on empathy created in close cooperation with prof. Giacomo Rizzolatti, the discoverer of mirror neurons. Nicola Barsotti is an osteopath, PNEIMED teacher and co-author of the publication “The PNEI and the fascial system: the structure that connects” (2017, Edra Elsevier). He will address another central issue of the course: the psychoneuroendocrinoimmunology. Prof. Carlo Galli, Stefano Guizzardi and the osteopath Ianos Alcini will talk about the connective tissue as a mediator of the relationship between form and function, a subject that has been discussed during a conference organized by CIO in 2016. Instead, Franco Guolo will deal with the clinical application of the models of John Martin Littlejohn. Here you can read the complete programme and a short curriculum vitae of the lecturers.
See here the complete programme

The lessons will be in Italian with English translation.

Registration fee and enrollment – The cost of the course is 700 euros including VAT. To register you must fill out the form at the following link http://www.scuolaosteopatia.it/osteo-italiaregistration/ and make a bank transfer to the indicated bank account details.

Osteopathy as Ground Medicine – The innovative osteopathic approach to the biological ground represents another central topic of the course that will be examined during five afternoons. It was developed by Mauro Fornari D.O. integrating the osteopathic principles of the founding fathers with those of the traditional Chinese and Mediterranean medicine in the light of new embryological findings in order to precisely identify the biotypologies of the patients. During these afternoon sessions Mauro Fornari and Stefano Matassoni D.O., co-author with Fornari of the book “Osteopathy as Ground Medicine” (2014, Ed. Piccin), will briefly illustrate the historical background and the fundamental principles of this approach. Moreover, they will describe the different biotypologies with their physiological and dysfunctional characteristics together with specific osteopathic treatment models for each biotypology.

The location-  The setting of the course will be the marvelous Certosa di Pontignano in the heart of Tuscany whose construction began in the mid-1300s to continue until 1784. A location of distinction that combines history and art in a perfect union for study and relaxation. The sessions will take place inside the Sala Bracci frescoed by the sixteenth-century painter Bernardo Poccetti. Among the works, there is also the precious “Last Supper” dated 1596. Two sessions will take place in the evening in the beautiful garden of the cloister. During the conference days, it will be possible to stay at the Certosa for a special price designed for the participants in the course. Download the accomodation booking form

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