Professional Education

Barefoot Physio brings world class education and international speakers to the South West of the UK, with easy transport links from around the UK.

The clinic, in the heart of Exeter, is situated 5 minutes walk from local affordable hotels, 10 minutes walk from St Davids train station and less than 20 minutes drive from Exeter Airport.

If you have made the investment to attend a course it is not just the content of the course, it is the stimulating discussion, the thought provoking conversations and the people that attend that inspires change in practice.

Lunch is provided at all courses and snacks, tea and coffee are available throughout the day.

Back to Roots – Luke Davies, Paul Mccambridge and Rhys Shorney

Dates to be announced. Please register your interest at

A CPD that truly walks it’s own talk.  We are fully aware of the limitations of the “sit and learn” model, so be prepared for a highly interactive, creative, challenging yet highly fun and social CPD.  We don’t just learn more effectively on our CPDs but we breathe the philosophy within the course.

Our back to roots team are passionate about being evidence-guided practitioners, yet there seems to be quite a gap of knowledge in simply knowing about current research and being able to confidently apply it with patients in the clinic.

We are here to help bridge that gap.  We are here to show that the gap is not to be feared but embraced.

  • What is the practitioner’s role in self-active management?  Can we help our patient’s self-manage?  Do we still have a role?  
  • How can we confidently apply graded exposure to physical and psychological challenges? How do we even know where to start, or when to progress or rehabilitate?
  • How can we make rehabilitation a  fun partnership, that is meaningful for the patient but exciting and interesting for all parties?
  • How can we expand their “envelope of function”? What does this even mean?
  • When do we need to “play around”, and when do we need to take a structured approach?  Why “play” is more ” evidence-based” than you may realise and it’s position within rehabilitation? 
  • When and why to play around with “novel movement patterns” – how can we make this relevant?
  • How can we address the biggest problems in rehabilitation: “compliance and adherence”?
  • How can we transform our patients from sensitive to robust, building their capacity for self-manage yet maintain a crucial partnership with you?
  • How to address the “social” in BPS – can you build a tribe?

We will show all this and more, with presentations on pain research and human behaviour psychology.  We aim to show creative practical ways to help patients move in ways that are fun, meaningful and with complete clinical relevance to them.  

Our cpd is the bridge between the research data and the clinical real world.

The back to roots team has worked with an enormous range of people.  Currently our team is working on research projects creating movement workshops for mental health issues & movement disorders all the way up to olympic athletes.  We know that what matters is the person in front of you and you will have the tools to assess, play, be creative and set up structured bps rehabilitation plans for the patient in front of you.

Be prepared to get involved with a new style of cpd.

Dates to be announced. Please register your interest at

The Female Athlete – Lower Half by Antony Lo

SAT, 5 MAY 2018 & SUN, 6 MAY 2018, 07:30-17:30

High intensity has been popular for decades. However people like Jane Fonda, Les Mills, bootcamps, Obstacle Course Racing and CrossFit have made high intensity exercise popular for females. The USA Weightlifting Federation has seen a significant increase in membership largely in part to CrossFit’s use of Olympic Weightlifting in its exercise programming. With such high level physical challenges come concerns about how to manage common women’s health problems such as Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse (associated more with pelvic floor weakness) and Pelvic Pain (particularly from pelvic floor overactivity) as well as concerns about exercising during pregnancy, and postpartum issues such as divarication of rectus abdominis, exercising after a Caesarian section, and lifting while breastfeeding.

This course will attempt to address these concerns about high intensity exercise in women, teach participants some of the common loaded movements, how to modify these exercises for different populations, and how to assess, treat and rehabilitate common lower half injuries.

This course is very practical. Participants will gain the most by coming prepared to do all the practical work. It is suggested that you wear clothing you can exercise in – tight clothing like shorts and a tight singlet or sports crop top will help for observation during practicals. Whilst all the practical components are optional, the beauty of the method Antony teaches is that everything is scalable meaning all the exercises can be adjusted to suit your level of fitness and accommodate any physical restrictions you have to exercise. Part of the objective of this course is to demonstrate that nearly anyone can do high intensity exercise like CrossFit. If you have a skipping rope, please bring it!

Who is this course for?

This course will be suitable for MSK/Sports/Ortho/Women’s Health Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, Personal trainers, Coaches and other interested health and fitness professionals. This course is for women and men with female clients/patients (though this can apply to any athletic population).


Day 1 – 7:30am-5:30pm
Day 2 – 7:30am-5:30pm

Antony Lo:


  • To provide a basic understanding of high intensity training (using CrossFit as a base model but including bootcamp, HIIT, Tabata, etc) for female athletes/participants

  • To provide participants with the tools to be able to communicate, assess and treat high intensity training athletes more specifically

  • To deal with ante-natal and post natal exercise considerations in high intensity exercise.

  • To provide an overview of common high intensity exercise-related musculoskeletal injuries of the lumbopelvic-hip complex and options on how to manage them using exercise

  • To provide an understanding of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction in exercise and appropriate modifications for impact and relatively heavy lifting exercises

  • To provide a way of utilizing “core stability” principles with a test-retest model using performance as a measure of effectiveness

  • To provide an overview of the common body weight and loaded movements involving the LPH, sound technique guidelines and appropriate modifications

  • To provide a realistic and practical balance between the biological and the psychosocial aspects in managing the high intensity training athlete, their Coaches and their expectations

  • To provide an understanding of the concepts of #tensiontotask, #spreadtheload, #variabilityisking and #BulletproofPFRoutine

Theoretical and Practical content will include:
  • How to develop a test-retest system to ensure “buy-in” with your patient
  • How to use the test-retest system to assess cues, postures and positions during functional movements
  • How I teach “the core”, especially the pelvic floor and breathing, and how i integrate it into a lifting routine to maximize results, minimize pain and pelvic floor dysfunction symptoms
  • Ante-natal and post-natal “wisdom” for CrossFitters
  • How to use CrossFit with persistent pain patients
  • How to squat, deadlift, press, skip, box jump, run, and do abdominal work using “The Bulletproof Routine” for the Pelvic Floor
  • Rehab and treatment for LPH problems
  • #tensiontotask
  • #spreadtheload
  • #variabilityisking

Other Key Learning Points and Objectives:

  • Intense exercise like CrossFit can challenge our beliefs of what is possible in the human body
  • The neurological system is the system that rules them all
  • Using neural peculiarities I have observed, some pain science, good ole fashioned manual therapy, and exercise we can make outstanding gains in strength, conditioning, mitigation of symptoms in PFD and persistent pain
  • Physical therapists need to know how to help people lift heavy and what heavy feels like
  • There is “holding your breath that bears down” and there is “holding your breath for support and stability”…knowing the difference between to two and what it feels like is important
  • There is no “bad posture”, just that some are more efficient than others – i want to use testretest to challenge the beliefs on what is good posture
  • You will get DOMS if you aren’t used to this exercise level
  • The balance between saying listen to the pain and being fearful of the pain

The Shoulder; Complex doesn’t have to be Complicated by Adam Meakins

SAT, 7 JUL 2018 & SUN, 8 JUL 2018, 09:00-16:00

This fast and furious two day course is suitable for ALL who work with people in pain and aims to give you the confidence and the evidence that a more honest, simple, straight forward approach is both effective and efficent for many shoulder problems.

The course is designed to cut through the confusing and conflicting methods and techniques often promoted to help shoulder problems. It will give you an adaptable framework for you to assess and manage everyone from the athlete to the couch potatoe.

It promises to be an informative, informal, and fun few days with lots of clinically relevant ideas and tips that you can put into practice immediately. It however does NOT promise quick fixes, miracle treatments, or fancy rehab exercises as these are best left for the showmen and charaltans.


As a physio with an interest in the shoulder, I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some of the world’s leading experts in this area and I have learned much from them. However, I found an overwhelming amount of confusing and conflicting opinions, methods, and research in how to assess, treat and manage shoulder problems and this never sat well with me.

I often find a more simple straightforward approach works well with most things and shoulder issues are no different. However, simplicity tends to frighten many clinicians as they worry they will appear incompetent to their patients or peers or get inferior results. This left me wondering that there must be a way to demonstrate how keeping it simple is both effective and evidenced-based for most shoulder conditions, so I designed my own course that attempts to highlight that although shoulders are complex, they don’t have to be complicated.


  • Expose the myths and misconceptions around shoulder anatomy, biomechanics and pathology
  • Simplify the assessment and management of the commonly encountered shoulder issues
  • Explore the evidence on how to best assess and diagnose the common shoulder issues
  • Examine how and when to assess shoulder muscle function, proprioception, and the kinetic chain
  • Practice both simple and higher level shoulder exercises and learn how to plan an effective rehab program

Dermo Neuro Modulating with Rey Allen

20 JUL-22 JUL 2018

DNM is a systems-thinking approach that strengthens practitioners’ reasoning skills to better strategize treatment and develop effective therapeutic relationships. As an up-to-date explanatory model and practice viewed through a biopsychosocial framework, DNM is congruent with pain science and thus applicable in working with people in pain.

DNM—a hands-on interactive approach—considers the nervous system of the client from skin cell to sense of self. Ranging from light to deep, hand-holds are slow, intelligent, responsive, and effective. This class is appropriate for practitioners of all disciplines and levels of experience in movement and manual therapy.

In this class, we will examine how and why manual therapies create change, from profound, to modest, to none at all. We’ll weave together clinical observations and the myriad of convergent evidence from fields like touch science and pain physiology. We will also discuss deeply held beliefs in manual and movement therapies that limit our clients/patients’ long-term self-efficacy.

Rey Allen

Rey Allen started his career in manual therapist over two decades, graduating from the Institute of Natural Healing Sciences in 1995, and in 2002 from The European Rolfing Association in 2002. While maintaining a private practice in New York City, Rey completed his studies in Munich, Germany 2010 to become a Certified Advanced Rolfer. He has assisted respected teachers in the field with numerous advanced manual therapy courses. Since 2012, Rey has been studying pain science, and in 2015 started an online study group, Explaining Pain Science, to further this exploration and mentor others.

In 2013, Rey began studying Dermoneuromodulating (DNM), became a practitioner and now a teacher of his own DNM courses, educating fellow manual therapist about pain science and how to reconceptualize manual therapy in light of current evidence. In 2015, Rey became a certified hypnotherapist as a way to further understand placebo effects. As of 2017, Rey relocated to Fort Worth, Texas to attend college in order to study behavioral psychology.

Pain, Science, and Pelvic Health: Manual Therapy and Neurodynamics with Dr Sandra Hilton

11 AUG 2018

This super practical course will cut through the confusion and conflicting information around treating pelvic pain.  It is suitable for all health professionals who treat people with pelvic pain. The optional internal component is open to all participants who have prior training in vaginal and rectal examination.

Participants will learn purposefully non-painful manual therapy techniques and neurodynamic options for the nerves of the abdomen, pelvis and upper leg. Labs will progress from acute to persistent pain treatment options and include education in self-treatment techniques for improved patient outcomes. Participants will be able to screen and design a progressive treatment for all of the major pelvic nerves.

This course is full of movement and helps clinicians to push their creativity in order to design treatments for people who may be afraid to move.  Movement and exercise progression include return to fitness and heavy load as appropriate. The current evidence on pain and education are woven throughout the course. You will leave with an additional file of resources for use in your clinic and to help with adapting the information to your own patient population.

Sandy Hilton PT, DPT, MS

Sandy graduated from Pacific University (Oregon) in 1988 with a Master of Science in Physical Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Des Moines University in December 2013. She has worked in multiple settings across the US with neurologic and orthopaedic emphasis combining these with a focus in pelvic rehabilitation for pain and dysfunction since 1995. Sandy teaches  Health Professionals and Community Education classes on returning to function following back and pelvic pain, has assisted with Myofascial Release education, and co-teaches Advanced Level Male Pelvic Floor Evaluation and Treatment. Sandy’s clinical interest is chronic pain with a particular interest in complex pelvic pain disorders for men and women.  Sandy is the co-host of Pain Science and Sensibility, a podcast on the application of research into the clinic.


Course Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to explain the structural relevance of the low back and pelvic anatomy in relation to peripheral neuropathy.
  2. Participants will demonstrate active movements which will promote healthy and normal neurodynamics for the low back and pelvic neural anatomy.
  3. Participants will be able to explain the biopsychosocial theories underpinning manual therapy for back and pelvic pain.
  4. Participants will be able to demonstrate non-provocative manual therapy techniques for the pelvis and low back.
  5. Participants will be able to adapt movements and pain education to fit their individual patients.

Running Resiliency – Best Practice Guide to Running Injury Management with Greg Lehman

THU 8 NOV – FRI 9 NOV 2018

Course information to follow.