Inspiring Osteopathy Seminars

April 27-30, 2023

Presentation and objectives of this seminar:

The ideal course of action, for an osteopath with patients, is to offer relief by attending to their most basic needs. With a sound clinical methodology, we must be able to work in all the fields of myofascial, osteoarticular, visceral, cranial, etc., and apply these methods to each of our patients in accordance with their unique problems.

The main objective of this seminar is to give the participants the best solutions to be truly effective with their patients. To explore how best to work with people in the acute phase of pain and inflammation, and with people with chronic and evolving conditions. 

From generation to generation, since A.T. Still, Will Sutherland, and all those who have followed, we can identify the key concepts which have represented the ways to knowing when and how to build a treatment plan that responds to that unique patient at the time of the consultation. How do we work with the living that animates the patient’s functions? What are our priorities?

Other elements of the dialogue with life in the tissues, related to our patient’s true nature and the treatment’s efficiency, are our presence and palpation, tailored to each patient.

These 4 great concepts will be developed during the seminar during the practice:

  • Bring back the blood in this area and it will be easier to palpate, to test and to treat.» Deason DO
  • The dura guides, limits and preserves the vertebral column» William Garner Sutherland DO 
  • Find it, fix it, leave it alone and let the Nature do the rest ». Andrew T. Still
  • The goal of our practice is to allow the Breath of Life to come back in this area.» Rollin Becker DO 

Quintessential Osteopathy will be a series of practice-oriented seminars that will aim for attendees to learn all the concepts and principles of osteopathy with their clinical applications; to use the synthesis of therapeutic actions that the Elders used (Still, Sutherland, Rollin and Alan Becker, Deason, McConnell, Burns, Weaver, Wales, Frymann, Magoun, Dummer, etc.); and how they used these sometimes different methods to treat patients effectively.

After 43 years of teaching, the writing of 26 teaching books, his clinical experience, his research, and the creation and writing of several university programs in osteopathy, Philippe Druelle, D.O., comes to give us the quintessence of his observations, his hard work, his precision, and usefulness. This course will also be enhanced by the most recent or relevant research to support the value of the practice-oriented topics covered in these seminars.



Presentation on the therapeutic keys in osteopathy, that allow us to adapt to each patient, on the concepts, the observations of the great osteopaths, and the clinical applications. What are the palpatory tools and how to develop the presence and palpatory quality necessary to use the work of the Elders and how to clinically apply these steps in the therapeutic methods of osteopathy?

Course synopsis 

Presentation on the 7 health mechanisms. The 7 essential keys. The concept of MIND, according to Andrew Taylor Still. Who wisely manages the motor of life? How did Still work? Practice laboratory. 

  1. The concept of vasomotion, the vascularization of the brain and bone marrow, the significance of these factors in chronic diseases, the health of tissues, and, consequently, their functions.
    • Vertebral subluxations and their correction, embedded ribs, and sympathetic ganglia. Upper thoracic vertebrae and CO/C1/C2. The role of fascias in the reciprocal equilibration of the dural membranes. Practice.
    • Definition and practice of the Energetic Impulse. The notion of inertia and the importance of the active fulcrum.
    • Compaction of the petrous parts, and their importance for vascularization of the brain (after concussions and difficult births of infants). Practice.
    • Strategic places that are to be evaluated and treated to obtain a good vascularization of the brain.
  2. The work of the vagus nerve and the posterior fossa, the brainstem. Reference to the 12 anastomoses of the vagus nerve with the brain, including the V and the VII, and its functional dynamics with the brain. Practice on the areas of vulnerability of the vagus nerve. The Cannon-Böhm zone. Practice. 
  3. The role of Adamkiewicz‘s artery and chronic abdominal issues. Problems with spinal vascularization and physiological consequences.
    • Somato-visceral and viscero-somatic regulation in adults and children in the abdominal region. Interactions with the brain, the thalamus, and the limbic system. Practice.
  4. The work on the presence and attitude of the osteopath to acquire certain tools.
    • Definition of bioenergy as the result of the harmony between biomechanics and biodynamics. 
    • Presentation of a model to understand our action at the brain level, at the cord, and the parenchyma of the organs, thus with their functions and their interactions. 
    • Role of the vagus nerve in the immune system and in the fight against pain and inflammatory phenomena. How to stimulate its action? Adults and children. Practice.
    • Advice and experimentation of the work to be done on oneself to be in resonance with the patient, the life in the tissues, and the universal forces. Practice.
  5. The importance of fluids and liquids. 
    • Resonance with universal energy through the dynamics of fluids and liquids, to begin with, and consistently through our actions (Sutherland, Becker, and Wales). New developments and dialogue with the source. Practice stillness and discern the difference with the stillpoint, according to Becker. 
    • How to develop the presence and the palpation necessary to perform our work at his best? The steps, the progression, and the efficiency. How did Sutherland resonate with the Breath of life? How to work with this force – stage 1? Practice.
    • Proposal of a model to understand the meaning of our work in the unity of our relationships with the patient, with ourselves, and the suspended forces, as Andrew T. Still put it. Research work on the Elders’ observations and clinical applications. 
    • Clinical applications to use fluid dynamics at the mechanical, and biodynamic level, according to tradition, and at the level of the patient’s emotions. Practice.
  6. The importance of the patient’s emotions and vulnerability following an emotional shock.
    • Action at the organ level, especially the heart and mesentery, and their interactions with the brain. Practice.
    • Introduction to brain dysfunctions and the notion of target organs. How to evaluate and treat them?
  7. Synthesis and clinical methodology to relieve our patients. 
    • How to establish priorities?
    • How to work with patients with immune failure, acute pain, and severe inflammatory conditions, following traumatic or neurological accidents? Methodology and clinical application.
    • How to organize an effective and safe treatment plan for our regular patients?


This first seminar will allow you to relieve many patients in pain and/or the difficult patients, mainly using the essential concepts of osteopathy. This program is based on the objective of giving you effective solutions. The workshop will be mainly practical. 

Part of this seminar will allow you to better dialogue with the forces in the physiology of our patients and those around us.

This seminar is important because it brings together all aspects of good practice and allows for a good progression in our presence as therapists and in our work.   

J.Yusuf Q. Erskine D.O.

J.Yusuf Q. Erskine D.O.
The Family Wellness Medical Center
Osteopathic Medicine
506 S. Main St.
Sebastopol, Ca. 95472
(707) 829-5455