21st March 2020


22nd March 2020


European School of Osteopathy, Boxley House, Boxley, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3DZ   View map


The Face: From Amphioxus to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field in one short weekend

How the neural crest formed human behaviour

Presented by Professor Frank Willard with osteopathic content by Graham Mason

Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 March- £300 (includes lunch and refreshments)

Alumni discount – use code ESO25 or contact us to book by telephone on 01622 760816

Click here to view COURSE ABSTRACT 

Delegates will acquire a deeper understanding of the development and construction of the human face. Two related concepts will be introduced:-

The New Head Theory (Northcutt and Gans): The Distinctness of the human head; Development of the neural tube and the formation of the fourth germ layer – Neural Crest. Includes:-

  • Development of the human head, face, pharynx and larynx and how facial abnormalities (such as cleft palate) and acquired facial strains and deformities develop;
  • The Special Cranial Nerves – V, VII, IX, X & XI
  • Cognition, language and speech – linking cranium, face, pharynx and larynx

A New Heart for a New Head Theory: Linking the heart to the development of the head through Cardiopharyngeal Mesenchyme. Includes:-

  • Forming a respiratory system
  • Division of the circulatory system into two components

Theoretical content will be contextualised each day to allow delegates to apply their understanding to clinical practice, with demonstration and guidance provided by Graham Mason. Graham Mason is a senior ESO lecturer and experienced postgraduate speaker, specialising in lectures on the face in neonates, children and adults. “The importance of understanding the development of the face cannot be underestimated by osteopaths who see facial problems and conditions. Over the course of this weekend we will look at the ways osteopaths can use their skills to treat facial and related problems.”

Professor Frank Willard

Professor Willard is a world-renowned lecturer in anatomy and neuroanatomy. Working at the New England Osteopathic Medical School in Biddeford, Maine USA, he has been foremost in transforming the osteopath’s view of anatomy, applied anatomy and neuroanatomical pathways and the endocrine immune response.

He has the ability to communicate complex pathways in a way that has students wanting to learn more and more. At present he is engaged in a research programme examining the role of the myofascial ligamentous system in stabilizing the lumbosacral spine and pelvis.

His work has clarified how and why osteopathic medicine works and confirmed A T Still was way ahead of his time in seeing the inter-relationship of structures.

Graham Mason

Graham Mason is a senior ESO lecturer and experienced postgraduate speaker, specialising in lectures on the face in neonates, children and adults.

Cancellation policy

The £50 deposit is non-refundable. The remainder will be refunded for cancellations received at least 10 working days in advance of the event. No refund will be given for cancellations received less than 10 working days in advance.

The ESO reserves the right to cancel or postpone this event if adequate delegate numbers are not secured. In the event that the course is cancelled by the ESO (due to inadequate numbers), delegates will be refunded any payments they have made in full. The ESO will notify delegates of course cancellations no less than 14 days prior to the course start date.

Please note, the ESO does not accept responsibility for travel and accommodation costs in the event of cancellation, so please take this into consideration before booking.




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