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Osteopaths: The Philosophy, The Spirit and The Art of Osteopathy

by Anne Canarelli, D.O. (Qc) and Laurent & Lucas Theillet (photographers)

27 world-renown osteopaths tell their story (available in French and English) - please note that this book will be sent directly from the publishers in Canada*

Softback | 208 pages | Highly illustrated (B/W) | ISBN: 978-2-9815876-2-6

£55 (CA$64.00 + P&P CA$21.50 to UK & Europe - if outside UK or Europe, please call for a shipping quote)

Publisher: Éditions Anima Mundi - This book is NOT published by Handspring Publishing

This book gives a personal insight into the lives of 27 world-renown osteopaths through interviews and beautiful black and white photographic images. Features osteopaths from Britain, Canada, America and France.

* Please be aware that, in order to keep shipping costs from Canada down, this will be sent via surface mail which takes between 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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All the osteopaths featured in this book are recognised for their personal contribution to the profession. They have introduced osteopathy into their respective countries and have either created or led the schools. They invented techniques or treatment methodologies, and have written major works. They have also taught in several countries and have probably taught in your schools or at your osteopathy symposiums. It is therefore highly probable that you will have encountered many of these highly-respected osteopaths either in person or by repute.

We asked them questions that captivated us and their answers always eloquent, often surprising, and occasionally moving. They spoke to us about themselves; their hopes, their approaches – both osteopathic and human, their lives as men and women of this earth and we were more than charmed. We were enlightened by what they had to say.

Anne Canarelli, D.O. (Quebec) graduated from the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, Canada in 2011, she was awarded the A.T. Still thesis prize for her dissertation: Vitality, modes of expression and mechanisms of production, which explored the motor origins of the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM).


Features interviews with:

  • Reuben Bell (USA) 
  • Paul Chauffour (Fr) 
  • Zachary Comeaux (USA) 
  • Bernard Darraillans (Fr) 
  • Philippe Druelle (Fr & Qc) 
  • Bruno Ducoux (Fr) 
  • Colin Dove (GB) 
  • Denyse Dufresne (Qc) 
  • Geneviève Forget (Qc) 
  • Christian Fossum (USA) 
  • Jean-Michel Gallat (Fr) 
  • Nicholas Handoll (GB) 
  • Hollis King (USA) 
  • Denise Laberge (Qc) 
  • Gerald Lamb (GB) 
  • R. Paul Lee (USA)
  • Brad McCutcheon (Ont) 
  • Fred L. Mitchell, Jr. (USA) 
  • Renzo Molinari (Fr) 
  • Serge Paoletti (Fr) 
  • Michael Patterson (USA) 
  • Steve Paulus (USA) 
  • Caroline Penn (GB) 
  • Eric Prat (Fr) 
  • Robert Rousse (Fr & Qc) 
  • Jean-Guy Sicotte (Qc) 
  • Clive Standen (GB)


Anatomy of Potency : Energy Osteopathy and Quantum Physics

by Nicholas Handoll, D.O.

This is the second edition of Anatomy of Potency by Nicholas Handoll. The first edition sold out in 2014 and the second edition has been considerably revised and updated

Hardcover | 180 pages | ISBN: 978-9511356-5-5

£35 (Shipping per book - UK: £4 / Europe : £9, not available outside Europe)

Publisher: Osteopathic Supplies - This book is NOT published by Handspring Publishing

To help further our understanding of cranial osteopathy, Handoll undertakes the challenge of distilling the current knowledge of quantum physics into a digestible form. Within this context he raises and attempts to answer the questions: What is reality? What is sense perception? and How do the two interact? In the same spirit he also addresses many of the seeming incongruities and controversies in osteopathy in the cranial field.

— First edition summary by Rachel Brookes


Reviews from the first edition.

"Nick [Handoll] has given us a seminal text on Osteopathy and the New Physics.

"This is a must read book. It can open and inform the mind of any practitioner with a commitment to the principle of vitalism, whatever their osteopathic persuasion, and invite them to enjoy greater trust in the vast forces that are involved in our interaction with our patients."

Rex Brangwyn, DO, The Osteopath: General Osteopathic Council

"Ostensibly this is a book about osteopathy and the perception and interpretation of reality. More specifically, it is about the “cranial osteopathic concept” in practice and our interpretation of the world.

". . . [Handoll] rightly questions not only our cultural perspectives on the nature of substance, but also questions our theories as osteopaths and tries to provide some answers on the subject of the cranial osteopathic concept itself. This latter is, as most of us in the field know all too well, essential if we are to truly interpret the words and modes expounded by Sutherland, Becker, and all those wise men and women who helped to drive this intriguing part of our osteopathic heritage forward.

". . . The way of our bodies blend with our cosmic environment is most elegantly expressed in the book in a way that provides a therapeutic orientation that potentises the work we do."

Robert Lever, D.O., Osteopathy Today (UK), May 2001



  1. Struggle
  2. Sutherland
  3. The Primary Respiratory Mechanism
  4. Patterns
  5. Dianosis, Prognosis and Treatment
  6. Who Is Looking?
  7. At What Are We Looking?
  8. Of What Is It Made?
  9. And Of What Are They Made?
  10. From Where Did It All Come?
  11. Stranger and Stranger
  12. Curiouser and Curiouser
  13. Another Way Of Looking At It
  14. What Can We Make Of It All?

Appendix A: Motion of the cranial base and vomer

Appendix B: Torsion patterns, sidebending rotation patterns and the face

Appendix C: Shear patterns

End notes

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Architecture of Human Living Fascia

by Jean-Claude Guimberteau and Colin Armstrong

The extracellular matrix and cells revealed through endoscopy - with accompanying DVD and website

Hardback   232 pages   Highly illustrated   978-1-909141-11-7   £59.95

This richly illustrated book, with accompanying DVD and website, presents Dr Guimberteau’s groundbreaking work, and explains its significance for manual therapists and movement teachers, and its implications for what they do with patients and clients.


Dr Guimberteau is the first person to film living human tissue through an endoscope in an attempt to understand the organisation of living matter. He has developed his own concept of the multifibrillar structural organisation of the body, of which the microvacuole is the basic functional unit. He has also developed a concept of global dynamics and continuous matter.

His films confirm the continuity of fibres throughout the body and show how adjacent structures can move independently in different directions and at different speeds while maintaining the stability of the surrounding tissues. This role is carried out by what he calls the “Microvacuolar Collagenic Absorbing System”

He has opened a window into a strange world of fibrillar chaos and unpredictable behaviour, and has revealed the morphodynamic nature of the fibrils that constitute the connective tissue, as well as the fractal, non-linear behaviour of these fibrils.

His work ties in with that of Donald Ingber on tensegrity within the cytoskeleton, and the links between the cytoskeleton and the Extracellular Matrix as described by James Oschman.



1) Tissue Continuity 

2) Fibrillar Continuity and Form

3) Mobility and Adaptability

4) The Relationship between the Cells and the Fibrillar Architecture

5) Spatial Arrangement, Tensegrity, and Fractalization

6) Adaptations and Modifications of the Multifibrillar Network

7) Concept of Connective Tissue as the Architectural Constitutive Tissue Responsible for Form



At the Still Point of the Turning World: The Art and Philosophy of Osteopathy

by Robert Lever

Hardback   185 pages   9781909141056   £35.00

A fascinating illustration of how osteopathy can blend a truly holistic perspective with the ‘healing attitude’ which is the basis of therapeutic systems at their best. Robert Lever’s informed and insightful reflection on over 40 years as an osteopathic practitioner and teacher is set to become a classic text in osteopathy.


With over 40 years’ experience as a practitioner and teacher Robert Lever aims to show that the art and science of a discipline, in this case osteopathy, can come together to provide a valuable contribution to healthcare and wellbeing. The collection of ‘essays’ are based on his years of experience and teaching and demonstrate his concern for where osteopathy has come from and where it is now going. He combines the technical aspects of osteopathy with the philosophy. It is the combination of the two which makes the art.

  • Provides an important and timely contribution to the ongoing debate about the scope and approach of osteopathy (mechanistic versus psychological/spiritual)
  • Looks at the dichotomy between the spirit and the science within osteopathy
  • Argues that the most effective care is given when a skilled practitioner combines technical skill with empathy, compassion and a still, listening attitude
  • Suggests that while hard research and clinical evidence provide important underpinning it is the human qualities of wisdom and compassion which can develop osteopathy into an art


Foreword (by R Paul Lee DO FAAO FCA)... Preface...


Osteopathy: an overview/The Vital Quality of Motion/Holism and the Osteopathic ‘Lens’/Reciprocity, Relationship, Spaces/From Mainstream to ‘Cranial’: continuum or quantum leap?

The Art of It

Subjectivity and ‘the Dance’/The Intelligent Fulcrum: palpation and thought on the move/The Healing: ‘If it comes at all, it comes from within’/Beyond Technique: meeting the Lesion/Placebo and Ritual/R&D, Safety and the ‘Evidence’ Myth

Philosophy and the Practitioner

The Human Spirit: adaptability, self-correction and survival/Divine Chaos: direction meaning, mystery and the healing state/The Exquisite Nature of Paradox/Epilogue – Tying it Together: spirit, humanity and the art of practice

Bibliography... Index


Osteopathy for the Over 50s

by Nicette Sergueef and Kenneth Nelson

Hardback   400 pages   9781909141094   £70.00

This is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of osteopathic diagnosis and treatment of adults over the age of 50. Practically oriented and highly illustrated it will teach you new skills in diagnosis and restoration of function to this growing demographic. 


The text begins with a description of the aging process including physical and psychosocial aspects of aging. It will help the osteopath gain new skills and learn how to treat somatic dysfunction and restore function in older patients. It offers comprehensive, evidence-based coverage of:

  • the diagnostic approach to the patient over the age of 50
  • somatic function and dysfunction in multiple clinical areas including cardiology, pulmonology, gastro-enterology, urology, neurology and rheumatology
  • the diagnostic approach to the patient over the age of 50 Sensory systems conditions
  • postural imbalance
  • clinical consideration
  • osteopathic manipulative treatment

Section 1: Osteopathy, fascia, fluid and the primary respiratory mechanism

Fascia / The Primary Respiratory Mechanism

Section 2: Osteopathic assessment

Somatic dysfunction… Diagnosis of somatic dysfunction… History… Physical examination

Section 3 Treatment of the patient

Osteopathic treatment and procedures for; Lower and upper extremity, Pelvic, Lumbar, Lumbopelvic muscular,Thoracic, Thoracoabdominal diaphragm, Cervical,Wrist and hand, Visceral, Cranial, Vault, Ocular and the primary respiratory mechanism.

Section 4: Clinical considerations

Musculoskeletal dysfunctions: Axial and Appendicular system… Postural imbalance: Vestibular and Visual sensory system and  Somatosensory/Proprioceptive sensory system… Cardiovascular conditions: Hypertension, Congestive heart failure… Respiratory dysfunctions: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Pneumonia, Obstructive sleep apnea… Gastrointestnal dysfunctions: Dysphagia, Gastroesophageal reflux, Irritable bowel syndrome, Constipation… Urogenital dysfunctions: Pelvic floor disorders, Benign Prostate disorders


Biotensegrity: The Structural Basis of Life

by Graham Scarr, Chartered Biologist and Osteopath; Fellow of the Linnean Society and Fellow of the Society of Biology

Paperback   152 pages   Highly illustrated   978-1-909142-16   £29.95

Biotensegrity – the structural basis of life brings the picture into focus for the first time, describing the discovery of tensegrity, explaining the basic geometry and its significance for anatomy, and presenting its assimilation into current biomechanical theory. 


There are many hundreds of scientific publications that mention tensegrity / biotensegrity in relation to human anatomy, from cell function to the mechanics of individual joints and the entire structure. Biotensegrity – the structural basis of life brings the picture into focus for the first time, describing the discovery of tensegrity, explaining the basic geometry and its significance for anatomy, and presenting its assimilation into current biomechanical theory. It attempts to clarify and explain to the manual therapist and movement teacher in simple language what biotensegrity is, how it works and how the practitioner can integrate understanding of it into clinical practice leading to more effective therapeutic care of clients.


Chapter 1 Tensegrity

Introduction / What is it? / The origin of tensegrity / The exhibition: Karl Ioganson / The architects: David Emmerich; Buckminster Fuller / The sculptor: Kenneth Snelson / The beginning of an idea / Building the tradition / A new perception / The geodesic dome / The functional sphere / The bicycle wheel / A combined effort

Chapter 2 Simple geometry in complex organisms

A new approach to geometry: one that nature already knows about / The rules of physics /Triangulating a hexagon / Close-packing the shapes / The platonic polyhedra / A dynamic structural system / The tetrahedron / The octahedron / The cube / The isotropic vector matrix and vector equilibrium / The icosahedron / The dodecahedron / The geometry of living structure / The jitterbug

Chapter 3 The balance of unseen forces

The tensegrity model / T-prisms / T-helixes / The T-6 sphere and tensegrity-icosahedron / The simple complexity of tensegrity / Structure and energy / Structural hierarchies


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