What is Listening Technique?

The most fundamental, yet most complex, question that a practitioner faces when working with a patient is, “How do I determine what are the reasons for this person’s pain and dysfunction?”  Listening Techniques 1 (LT1) assists the practitioner in answering that question. Expanding on the evaluation tools taught in Barral Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1, as well as in Barral Neural Manipulation 1, LT1 is designed to reinforce powerful evaluation techniques known as “listening” skills. Listening Techniques’ are palpation tools developed by Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, which enable the practitioner to fine-tune assessment skills. The evaluation phase of a patient’s treatment session is key to long-lasting results.  Through precise evaluation techniques, the practitioner is able to determine, and focus on, the primary causes of a patient’s dysfunctional pattern.  No matter what type of modalities a practitioner uses, this workshop enhances his/her evaluation tools and skills, which in turn will lead to greater patient outcomes.  The LT1 workshop includes lecture, demonstration and practice for each technique presented.

Course Highlights:

  • Practice “listening” skills (palpation procedures) that helps guide you to the proper manual manipulation site.
  • Explain how to interpret the information the body is offering regarding imbalances and dysfunctions.
  • Demonstrate through ”listening” how to determine which body structures are involved, and identify the best approach for treatment results.
  • Practice ”listening” to the body systems, as they respond to your manual treatments.
  • Explain and demonstrate the correct approach and amount of force when working on different parts of the body and with different patients.
  • Enhance specificity in evaluating the body for restrictive patterns, which will enable more effective treatment applications.
  • Understand how to incorporate “listening skills” in the patient’s evaluation and treatment plan.
  • Enhance palpation sensitivity to increase effectiveness with treatment and patient outcomes.  


If you have not studied Listening Techniques then this class will introduce you to one of the most powerful evaluation tools that will help you determine where to begin with your patient treatment.  

If you are not totally comfortable with your Listening Technique skills, this class will help you to become proficient with these evaluation tools.

If you have been using Local Listening and General Listening with your patients, this class will take you to the next level of your perception and abilities.  

“ABSOLUTELY life and career changing.”  

-J.P., MT; December, 2014

“The work of Barral is like being in a large house – with each course a door opens with access to a new room – each more enlightening than the previous room.  Thank you!” –

M.A., DPT, December 2014

“Listening” has opened up a whole world to my 30+ years of practice. Thank you!”

-PT, December 2014

“Stop debating and just take this [Listening] course. It is the heart of the practice and will dramatically improve your proficiency with hearing the body.”  

-December 2014

“Feeling a sense of confidence in my listening skills is not something that just dawned on me after taking a seminar or two. It was something that revealed itself to me slowly one patient at a time. Just like when you step into a dark room it takes some time for your eyes to adjust; it’s a slow process, a gradual process, one that is not all-of-a-sudden. If you just give up and keep your eyes closed you will never see anything. In the same way, with Listening you have to keep practicing and practicing. Use it on every single patient regardless of whether or not you feel. Your hands will become more and more sensitive to these subtle movements until one day you’ll look back and say to your self, “my sense of palpation has grown so much in this work”.  

-R. Mariotti, ND

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