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Assessment Led Bodywork Training

 The Targeted Approach to Bodywork

The Course

This fully accredited course is designed to teach the "holy grail" of bodywork.

The ability to clearly assess and determine where your client's "primary dysfunction" is originating from.

Advanced clinical skills to correct these dysfunctions, and the tools to know when you have corrected them.

Help more clients; shorten treatment times and  increase your career longevity.



You’ll learn assessment techniques to enable you to find and target your client’s “primary dysfunction”, the underlying cause of their problem.


You’ll learn treatment techniques that will allow you to quickly and efficiently correct the cause of your client’s symptoms.


Using the same assessment techniques, you'll be able to get confirmation that your intervention has been successful. There’s no need to guess.



ALB is a very unique and thorough course. I learnt the most I have learnt on any body work course, in depth and with confidence which is all down to the structure and teaching of the course.

Jade S

I couldn’t recommend ALBT  highly enough. Any profession whose aim is reducing pain and improving the quality of life for their clients would also find this a revelation.

Tom S

I have seen an average increase of 70% in my income over the 11 months since doing this course. I can't believe it's nearly a whole year since we started it and I will never look back. My patients love it too and the results are phenomenal. To anyone hesitating about doing this training - don't... just do it! 

Zöe C

Absolutely amazing training, Phil is a natural teacher and the knowledge I have gained over the course far exceeded my expectations , this is by far is the best training I have had.

Angela K

Sarah shares her thoughts 12 months after training.

What is Assessment Led Bodywork ?


Assessment Led Bodywork

Born from a desire to help the client as much as possible and over 30 years clinical practice, and learning from some of the finest therapists in the world. This neuromuscular integration technique, is based on the work of Graham Pennington, an Australian acupuncturist, Bowen therapist and naturopath it is designed to work on your clients, in your treatment room, quickly and effectively, time after time.


The treatment is based around assessment. It requires the understanding that  pain is often in an area that is compensating for a dysfunction in another area of the body (not the same as referred pain). With this understanding of the inter-connective nature of the human body comes the ability to treat the cause, not the symptoms. In other words you can stop chasing the pain.


The “Holy Grail” of body work is the ability to pin point this dysfunction, even if it is asymptomatic, then to see and understand that you have corrected and addressed the dysfunctions that the client presented with.

The assessment techniques become a method of conformation, they change in real time. So as you adjust the body so you can clearly see when dysfunction has been resolved.

The technique involves neuromuscular release, and adjustments to change the tissue tension and directly resolve skeletal misalignments. 


Why Learn ALB ?

ALB is a powerful and effective way of treating muscular and structural issues in the body. It aims to influence the dura mater and thus also effects the body's neurological system. By assessing and treating the whole body, it can often find resolution where previous modalities have failed, giving you tools to fix a wide variety of different complaints and help a broader range of clients.


The assessed approach to ALB offers two major advantages to you as a therapist: the technique is easy on your body, allowing for greater career longevity, and treatment times are often dramatically shorter than massage therapy so you can see many more clients in a day, increasing your income while helping more people. Most treatment times are under 30 minutes.


Why Learn with ALBT ?

Our approach to Bodywork is different to other trainings: you learn a style of assessment which is integrated into treatment, making work much more stimulating for you as a therapist and more effective for all your clients, including those with difficult presentations.


Our courses are aimed at motivated, established therapists, with good palpation skills who are determined to improve the quality of their results. 


Review from an Osteopath

"It's blown me away !"

Well you can teach an “Old Dog” new tricks!

Having worked as an Osteopath for over 30 years, I made the rash decision take on the ALBT training with Phil, inspired by the change he had made to my gait. (one year post knee surgery).

30 case studies later many fantastic hours spent learning with a small group of varied practitioners, I’ve found the missing link to my Cranial Osteopathic work, and the more structural work I regularly see in practice.
The assessments and the techniques allow me  to be more specific and effective. They combine beautifully and give shape to my existing techniques. So pleased I took the plunge!


Review from a sports massage therapist.

This has undoubtably been the best direction I could have taken my career within soft tissue therapy. It has not only provided excellent clarity to hands on bodywork, but also a mode of working which gives me the ability as well as enormous confidence to impact longer standing positive change on every client that walks through the clinic doors. Loved the course, really couldn’t recommend it highly enough. Any profession whose aim is reducing pain and improving the quality of life for their clients would also find this a revelation. Thank you so much Phil, it has been a game changer!

Review from a Bowen Therapist

As an experienced Bowen therapist, deciding to do Phil’s Assessment Led Training course has been one of the best decisions of my professional life.  I’d been feeling increasingly uncomfortable and held back by my lack of assessment skills and frustrated and stymied by the dogmatic approach to Bowen I’d been taught.  ALBT has given me the tools, clinical knowledge and most importantly the confidence I need to treat my clients quickly and effectively – transforming not only my practice but dramatically improving my results.


Phil is one of life’s natural teachers and has a wonderfully open approach to bodywork and how we can best use it to treat our clients quickly and effectively.  His passion, generosity of spirit, knowledge and constant encouragement to question, challenge and break free of the dogma and ‘conventional wisdom’ that’s often attached to procedures and orders of working is truly transformational on a personal and professional level.  My only regret is not having trained with Phil in the first place!

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Course Details

Here’s What’s Happening

Aims of the Course

This course will teach you simple and effective methods of assessment that can target the primary dysfunctions of the body. Then you'll be taught the fundamental therapeutic techniques to address the various structures of the body.


The course will leave you with a high standard of clinical practice, ready to help your clients. You will be trained to individually assess *every* client and treat them exactly as they need, so you will not need to keep taking courses to learn endless new protocols for more and more complex conditions or different populations.

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Course Structure and Duration

The course is for existing therapists with at least a level 3 bodywork qualification. It takes place with a 4 day block to start with. (this allows a big solid foundation for you to start with and then go away to practice) and then 2 weekends of 3 days. This is to allow for practice, integration and writing case studies between the modules.


You'll initially be taught the assessment techniques and how to make  "moves" to the correct structures of the body to remedy the dysfunctions identified through assessment. Then, systematically, you’ll learn how to treat the “central axis” (pelvis, spine, neck, jaw and skull) and the “peripheries” (e.g. legs, knees, ankles, shoulders, arms and wrists). There will also be special instruction in treatment of pregnant women and of babies.


In addition to the case studies, your progress will be continually assessed in class and there will be a final practical and written test.

Group size is restricted to 10 people to allow the teacher to spend time giving you the individual help and mentoring that you need. This mentoring will last after you have finished the course as a student we will always be available to help and advise you. 


Next Course

Bretford Village Hall,  Brandon Rd, Bretford, Rugby CV23 0JZ

Dates to be announced


About Us

Assessment Led Bodywork Training was inspired by the need to create a high quality Bodywork practitioner training programme.

Phil has been a therapist for 30+ years, starting as a massage/sports massage therapist. He then studied Ayurvedic massage in India and an Advanced Diploma in Manipulative therapy. He ran a busy, full time practice, firstly in Oxford and now in Devon where he and his wife run Hands On Clinic. 


He started his Bowen journey in 2011. He was amazed by the speed and effectiveness of the treatment, but, frustrated by the standardised method of teaching, he quickly developed his own assessment protocols and method of practice. Then he discovered Graham Pennington's book and his Importance of Symmetry class. This was an instant light bulb moment, and he's never looked back. However, he was frustrated with his initial training wishing he learnt this method from the very start, which, with Graham Pennington’s encouragement, led to the creation of this course, and to teach this amazing body work to the correct demographic.


Intensive 10 day course

This can be arranged in any venue in any country with 8 to 12 students wishing to study. 
Please contact for further details


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