How the Bobath Concept inspired me and developed my skills, for my patients.
30 Jul, 2018 - 07:43 am 0 comments

I love the testimonial from David ( and I really applaud the clarity of his thinking before going onto the course, in terms of setting his goals.


When I went on my Basic Bobath course in Manchester in 1976, I had no goals other than to make sure I stayed on target with my hot, hot relationship with my junior doctor.  I had the choice to go for 6 weeks to California to study PNF but “Love“  (ha, ha) made me choose Manchester and the “Bobaths’”.


It is well known that those weeks changed my life, and not because of the hot romance with the junior doctor, but with and through the enduring love for knowledge and clinical expertise.


Physiotherapy can heal - it can mend, repair, regenerate and teach. People can change, and quality of life can become so different for the better, or worse, depending upon what they receive. I saw possibilities for myself to achieve something real for me as a person, and as a therapist, and by the end of my Basic Bobath Course, for my patients too.  I was hooked for sure.


The Bobaths’ had a vision that I could buy into – they had a skill I could learn - they had a ‘magic’ that I could not yet perceive and understand, but it did involve a lot of observational analysis, sometimes in a foreign language, anatomy (OK here I was a winner from my training in Bradford) and movement patterns – and I loved movement patterns; they make life so much easier when rehabilitating the patient if you can get the pattern, rather than just a single joint passive movement.  They are called CPG’s and Straight Line Path (SLP) movement now.  The wonderful Laquiniti has proven them, at least for locomotion. 


But what Berta Bobath was best at, was thinking ‘out of the box’. If you want real extension for locomotion then use backward stepping and facilitate it from the source of sensory input; the foot. He, Karl, so gentle and kind a man, would say such wonderful things like;


 “You must remember, my dear, you cannot teach a cat to dance, the patterns are not there“


For a Liverpudlian by birth ‘Zip the Lip’ is very hard and so it took time and lots of practice to develop the facilitation skills to give my patient’s the depth of sensory input required to change output.  


Is that why, at 67 years of age, I am still on my poor knees, on the floor, perfecting backward stepping in my patients? And it was through backward stepping that I kept my balance, to get to this wonderful spot in the photo, in the Lake District.



If you are ready, in YOUR career, to be inspired by the Bobath Concept, and all that it can offer you and your clinical skills, as well as developing your patients rehabilitation, then look at the courses advertised on the BBTA website (  We deliver Introductory, Basic and Advanced courses to meet your learning needs.  Book on now!