Welcome to

The College of Body Science

Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology courses for CAM practitioners.

Would you like to improve your practice
as a complementary health practitioner?


Understanding anatomy and physiology is like being given a road map to navigate the human body. Alongside your complementary health training, your experience and your dedication, it can help to make you a better therapist.

The College of Body Science teaches tougher-to-learn body science in a simple, accessible format that is 100% tailored for complementary therapists and health practitioners.


We understand your practice and we speak your language.


If you struggled with anatomy, physiology and pathology during your initial training, please be assured that this training is different. Our founder and course teacher, Caroline Barrow has a biomedical science degree from King’s College London. She has trained in several different therapeutic approaches (shiatsu, craniosacral and visceral manipulation). And, in addition to running the College of Body Science for the last 19 years, she also runs the Upledger Institute for Craniosacral Therapy. Aside from being very busy, she is friendly, funny and passionate about what she does.

We teach in an engaging and interactive way that is designed to make even complex ideas understandable and, dare we say it, fun. Practitioners choose our courses to refresh their knowledge, to gain new insights into their clients’ needs and as CPD.

See below for our current course offerings and sign up to our mailing list to stay in the loop as new ones are added.

We look forward to seeing you.

Other Courses Coming Soon 

Stay Tuned

The Digestive Tract Dissected

Join our One Day Class specifically for Colonic Hydrotherapists: The Digestive Tract Dissected 13 May 2020 at London Bridge, 9.30am - 4pm AN UNUSUAL AND MEMORABLE DAY OF CPD!  …

The Anatomy of the 10-Step Protocol …In the dissection lab

What the Course Covers If you have done a level one or two Upledger CranioSacral Therapy class and are interested to learn more about the anatomy you could be tuning…


when you bundle four or more on-line courses


What Others Have Said

“An excellent three days. I am now much clearer in 3D terms and have much more inspiration for finding ways to learn this stuff. I love your approach to teaching, you deliver your stuff with no fuss and a sense of much-needed humour!”

Participant on KNOW YOUR NERVES


Our Teachers 

Classes have all been developed and will be taught by our founder, Caroline Barrow who has run the College of Body Science for the last 19 years. She specialises in teaching anatomy (with attitude) and physiology (with passion!) for a wide variety of complementary therapies. She also runs the Upledger Institute UK, is an instructor for some of the CranioSacral Therapy classes and practices as a therapist.

‘I started teaching and gained my biomedical science degree at King’s College London and have the honour of being able to use these facilities for some of these classes. My initial dream, to make a visit to the dissection labs available for any complementary therapist, has reached more than 1000 people so far…. I would love you to be one of the next 2000!’

Caroline trained in several different therapeutic approaches (shiatsu, craniosacral and visceral manipulation), and in her training and practice, discovered a love for anatomy and physiology but found there were very few places to get more of it.

‘The more I learned about treating, the more fascinated I became with how the body really works. The more specific my anatomical and physiological knowledge, the more accurate I can be in my treatments and understanding how I can help.  

‘You may be interested in the body from the perspective of being a therapist and working with others’ bodies, or for your personal health – maybe just because these quite miraculous ‘machines’ we inhabit are worth consideration.  

‘Most people get more interested as they start to feel more comfortable with the language and have framework for understanding. Whatever your current level of knowledge about the subject, we focus the information to make it fun, fascinating and fitting for you as practitioners and professionals.’


WE LOVE the many complementary approaches
to health and strongly believe they are a
vital contribution to people’s health and well being

Why train with
The College of Body Science? 

Because more A&P
will help you: 

…become even MORE ACCURATE in your treatments – whatever your method of working with the body, the more you understand it, the more accurately you can direct your hands and intention

…COMMUNICATE BETTER with clients and other health professionals – about what you are doing and the effects your work may be having. When you need to work alongside doctors or other professionals you can talk in their language and continue to build up positive relationships

…BE CLEARER about when you can treat and when to refer – credibility in any profession is built by people doing their job well, yet knowing their limits

…become EVERMORE INTEGRATED AND HOLISTIC – making sure your A&P knowledge keeps up with your complementary practice.

WE LOVE to have others around us who share our inspiration

For experiential ways of learning:

Our approach is as important to us as the subject matter.

  • We do everything we can think of to make your learning as easy, fun and engaging as possible – because we all learn more and retain information better if we learn creatively!
  • We aim to anticipate – and answer – the questions that naturally occur after you’ve been practicing a while and help build your knowledge step by step
  • We offer information about research and practice to capture your attention and interest
  • We give practical application to as much of the theory as possible
  • We continue to develop course graduate training that serves the needs of practicing therapists

Because our students say…
(ie don’t just take our word for it)

‘The College of Body Science courses make the A&P relevant, and therefore our lives as therapists easier’ 

‘Caroline teaches innovatively, presenting information in different ways and repeating and reviewing it, so that facts, names and implications stay with you’ 

‘The courses inspire me to find out even more’  

‘This is great, relevant, useful CPD’  

 The College of Body Science’s course really helped me to make the connections between the theory and their practice’ 

Putting everything into place practically, aids memory recall and retention of detail and information dramatically’ 

WE LOVE helping therapists to feel as confident and as fluent in their A&P speak as they are in their practical skills

In short…  

We believe that good and regular doses of AP&P help us become better practitioners!



Frequently Asked Questions

We make our courses hands-on and interactive so there is lots of time to practice and apply what you are learning and have fun in the process. Putting the information across in innovative ways helps to capture your attention and make it relevant to what you do in your work.

Most of our courses are held in either Brighton or Central London, within easy reach of public transport. All the courses involving days in the dissection labs are held at Kings College University, Guys campus, near London Bridge. We do also travel further afield when there are groups requesting a class.

Generally, we start at 10am, go through until 1.30 - 2-ish, take a good lunch break and then have a half – three-quarters of an hour break in the afternoon, before finishing at 5pm.

We offer courses at a variety of different levels to suit differences in people's backgrounds. Some of these will provide a brief recap of the basic points before they go into more depth. Consider two types of memories. Some information will be strongly in 'recall memory': you can recall answers to questions straight away. Some questions you know you know the answers to but know you knew it once someone tells you the answer. This is 'recognition memory'. If your knowledge of anatomy and physiology fits into the latter category - then our recap course may be for you. We do go over things to allow you to recall them. And we take a fast-paced trip through all the systems of the body to get you on top of the knowledge again. After that, you may be interested to go on to the further courses.

Most of our courses offer CPD – continuing professional development and so do assume a basic, if rusty, existing knowledge. They aim to refresh what you ‘should’ know and then add to that knowledge, keeping it relevant to what you do as a practitioner. Our courses are more advanced and specialised than general anatomy courses and go beyond the typical ITEC or other Level 3 qualifications.

Not specifically, but we do offer repeat classes at half price and may be able to offer discounts if more than one class is booked at the same time.

Although there is no one body that could accredit the type of anatomy and physiology courses we offer, we are accredited by many different organisations specific to a particular therapy. Currently these include the APNT, KF, Bowtech, BTER, AoR, Balens Insurance,* for both the Foundation Certificate in Body Science and CPD courses. We are working with a few other organisations to offer accreditable CPD to their members too.

 *If your governing body is not listed here, but you would like to find out if these courses could count, please let us know and we will find out.

There are few set guidelines about what is required for 'CPD' in our field. While some of the governing bodies of different therapies have some stipulations, it is in general limited to those therapies that undergo much more training in the first instance.

No. Apart from anything else it takes ages and is a bit smelly. However, we do have many pre-dissected specimens that show most of the structures we talk about from various angles and depths of dissection. The folk who prepare these specimens are really very skilled at what they do and we would be hard pushed to match it!

Enough Talk,

Let’s Learn Together!

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