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The healing arts involve a complex range of skills which each practitioner draws together in a unique way. These skills, attitudes and perspectives complement the scientific basis underpinning each discipline to create the wisdom and artistry of any therapeutic approach.

The practice of osteopathy is no exception. It involves a growing field of scientific knowledge in physics and biology that couples with an extraordinary range of human qualities to give the work depth, as well as relevance, and which can be tailored to the individual patient holistically and with compassion.

At the Still Point of the Turning World examines and explores both the art and the science of osteopathy through the eyes and approach of a devoted teacher and practitioner. The true value of holism, vitalism and osteopathic principles are discussed as part of the approach that each practitioner brings to the patient/practitioner relationship.

Watch an interview with the author conducted by Gez Lamb, in which Robert Lever talks about the book and about his philosophy of osteopathy.


1      Osteopathy: an overview

2      The Vital quality of Motion

3      Holism and the osteopathic ‘lens’

4      Reciprocity, Relationship, Spaces

5      From Mainstream to ‘Cranial’: continuum or quantum leap?

The Art of It

6      Subjectivity and ‘the dance’

7      The Intelligent Fulcrum: palpation and thought on the move

8      The Healing….’if it comes at all, it comes from within’

9      Beyond Technique: meeting the lesion

10    Placebo and Ritual

11     R and D, Safety and the ‘Evidence’ myth

 Philosophy and the Practitioner

12    The Human Spirit: adaptability, self-correction and survival

13    Divine Chaos: direction, meaning, mystery and the healing state

14    The exquisite nature of Paradox

15    Epilogue: tying it together: Spirit, humanity and the art of practice

Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-909141-06-3
Edition no 1
Pages 208
Illustrations 16 line drawings
Dimensions 234 x 156 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 1 May 2013

Author biography

Robert Lever BA DO is a highly-skilled and well-respected practising osteopath with over 40 years’ of experience in providing holistic and compassionate care. He is also a gifted and empathetic teacher who strives to share with his students the understanding of the background science and philosophy of osteopathy which is essential for the effective delivery of care. For over 35 years he lectured on the Principles of Osteopathic Practice at European School of Osteopathy, Maidstone, UK which later awarded him its Medal of Honour for services to osteopathic education.

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