Valeria A Ferreira (DO  MSc Ost  PGCAP) was born in Brazil and has been a resident in London for the past 28 years. She is an enthusiastic and committed lecturer at the UCO and practicing osteopath in the City of London.  

Valeria completed her Osteopathic training at the COET (2000) and the MSc in Osteopathy (2006) at the ESO, where she conducted a research project investigating the effectiveness of Osteopathic treatment on patients with Endometriosis.  

Valeria is an associated fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), who teaches at the BSO, leading the 4th year Visceral Osteopathic module. She is also a member of the final year technique team. 

Valeria delivers various CPD courses in Osteopathic integration in the UK, Europe and Brazil, exploring the application of the structural, fascial, visceral and cranial approaches and techniques.  She runs a very successful practice in the City of London, where she has worked for the last 19 years and in Lewisham (SE London). 

This two-day workshop will assist the participant in appreciating some of the different layers of the thoracic cavity, including assessing its fascial and visceral contents. 

Participants will be encouraged to explore ways of improving their body positioning to enhance their proprioception during examination and treatment. This approach will be used throughout the workshop when applying visceral and fascial techniques. 

The choice of techniques will include practical and suitable visceral techniques that participants would easily integrate with a more structural and biomechanical concept of the body and health.

Indications and contra-indications will be discussed throughout the weekend.

Learning outcomes

  • Competently perform a variety of osteopathic techniques and design adaptations that are appropriate to the patient’s needs and justified by knowledge of the relevant principles.
  • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of human biomechanics and how dysfunction in one area may lead to altered function elsewhere in the body.
  • Integrate current healthcare models to reach a diagnosis and an effective management program for the patient.
  • Reflect on the relevance and nature of osteopathic intervention possibilities within a wide variety of clinical presentations.
  • Evaluate the patient-practitioner relationship and the importance of the responsibilities implicit in the relationship.



Day 1 – Fascial techniques for the Thorax
08:45 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 11:00 Introduction to the Thorax and initial assessment using breathing.
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Diaphragmatic assessment and techniques
12:30 – 13.30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30 Thoracic inlet, clavicle, sternum, pectoral fascia, acromioclavicular joint
15:30 – 15:45 Break
15:45 – 17:30 Prone and side-lying techniques for the Thorax

Day 2 – Visceral techniques for the Thorax
09:00 – 11:00 Mediastinum mobilisation & oesophagus 
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:30 Mobilisation of anterior structures of the neck
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 Test and Mobilisation of the pericardial ligaments
15:00 – 15:15 Break
15:15 – 17:30 Test and Mobilisation of the bronchus and the suspensory ligaments
17:00 – 17:30 Questions and answers / closure

Inschrijving: via het inschrijvingsformulier
Locatie: TPC, Groenenborgerlaan 149, B-2020 Antwerpen
Datum:  vrijdag 18 – zaterdag 19 februari 2022
Lestijden: 09.00 u – 17.30 u.
Lunch: broodjeslunch inbegrepen
Financieel: €600
Rekeningnummer: IBAN BE 70 8601 1648 1925 BIC: NICABEBB
Mededeling: Ferreira 2022
KMO erkenningsnummer: DV.O215851
Accreditatie:  accreditatie is aangevraagd voor 16 punten bij de verschillende beroepsverenigingen.