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The Rule of the Artery – Part 2

The Rule of the ArterySince writing this article I have attended the follow up Rule of the Artery course in October this year.  This time Anthony is not in attendance but there is another interesting personal connection.  Our director this time is Maxwell Fravel.  He is another excellent and vastly experienced practitioner, this time from Australia not New Zealand.

When visiting my sister in Melbourne my old dad’s back went into a painful spasm, probably as a result of the rigours of the long flight.  He was duly taken to Maxwell.  This was in 1992 when I was directionless in my 20’s and a bit of a worry to my family.  After school I had duly trudged through a Business and Management studies degree at Liverpool.  I had even got my Desmond [a 2ii honours pass] despite having no interest in the subject.  Since then I had been travelling and doing various McJobs.  Knowing that I needed to put my shoulder to something, I had been considering retraining as an Osteopath.  However I had no money.  My dad had not been keen to further support his somewhat feckless youngest son’s further education.

Maxwell treated him.  Two things happened as a result.


The Rule of the artery – Part 1

The Rule of the Artery“The Rule of the Artery is Supreme” is a quote from our founding father Dr.Still and one of the basic tenets of Osteopathy. In brief it means that if there is not a good blood supply and exchange of fluids in the tissues then disease will occur. The reverse is also true: healing will begin to take place if restrictions on this process are alleviated.

The Rule of the Artery was the name given to an extraordinary postgraduate course I went on a year ago. One of the directors was an Osteopath called Anthony Norrie, over from New Zealand specially. He is truly an excellent practitioner. Powerful in what his treatments achieve, fearless in speaking his mind, and a great teacher. I knew all this already: he had been a mentor of mine when I lived and worked down under in 2000 and 2001.  It was a great pleasure to meet him again.

What he and a few others have developed recently is an ability using the cranial mechanism to palpate and treat directly the movement and quality of the blood itself. This was what was being taught. It allows a level of profound and subtle healthy change that is extraordinary.


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