UK Registered Osteopath

– Joseph Manuel Ponce

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Registered Osteopath London

José Manuel Ponce is a London based osteopath, medical acupuncturist and yoga teacher registered with the General Osteopathic Council. He has been in full-time practice since 1989

Manuel integrates structural and cranial osteopathy with acupuncture and yoga according to your needs and preferences

Currently, he offers hands-on osteopathy in the London areas of Clapham and Walthamstow, as well as online yoga classes and therapeutic yoga holidays in Spain

Joseph Manuel Ponce Registered Osteopath London

How will Manuel Treat You?

Manuel works with people of all ages from newborns to the elderly, encompassing the full spectrum of osteopathic medicine

Spanning four decades in practice Manuel’s approach has evolved towards being less intrusive and more precise, focusing on discovering and resolving the fundamental issues underlying your symptoms to help you achieve optimal health

This is reflected in a natural shift from the structural model of direct joint and soft-tissue manipulation towards the more functional cranial osteopathic approach, where listening and responding allows for minimal intervention to yield big results

What To Expect From Your Osteopathic Session

If you’ve never had a cranial oriented osteopathy session before, you may be wondering what to expect. Here’s a general outline of what typically happens during a session:

  1. History: Manuel will take a full case history, including your presenting symptoms and full medical history, current and past 
  2. Hands-On Evaluation: Manuel will observe your posture and movements, as well as using gentle touch to evaluate your structure and form a diagnosis and treatment plan
  3. Osteopathic Treatment: Manuel uses the cranial approach preferentially. Cranial osteopathic treatment is extremely gentle, generally involving no more than light touch. Where a more direct approach to mobilizing stiff joints or relaxing tense muscles is indicated, Manuel will ensure that you understand any proposed procedure and obtain your informed consent before proceeding
  4. Post-Treatment Recommendations: After your session, Manuel may make  recommendations for self-care, such as exercises, stretches, or lifestyle modifications, to support the healing process and maintain the benefits of your treatment

Each session is tailored to your individual needs, and the number of sessions required will depend on factors including the nature and severity of your complaint

About Manuel
London Based Osteopath

Manuel began his body-work career in 1980 teaching yoga at the London Sivananda Yoga Ashram, studying under the tutelage of Swami Vishnu Devananda

Inspired by the evident of body-work to heal the whole person he studied osteopathy from 1985-89 at the University College Of Osteopathy, formerly the British School Of Osteopathy, in London

Continual Professional Development

In accordance with statutory regulation requirements Manuel has continually extended and updated his professional competencies, with areas of special interest including

  • Osteopathy in the cranial field
  • Cranial osteopathy for babies
  • Counselling skills & CBT
  • Facilitating Learning In adults
  • Evidence-base for yoga as therapy
  • Biomechanics & neuroscience of movement
  • Biopsychosocial Model Of Health And Disease

London Osteopath Clinics

Manuel has been in full-time practice osteopath since graduating in 1989. He currently has clinics in:

East Of Eden
Studio 1, 14 Hatherley Mews
London E17 4QP

The Light Centre
151-153 Clapham Hight Street
London SW4 7SS

Click the link for full details of Manuel’s schedule, fees and booking an osteopathic appointment in one of his London clinics

Formal Qualifications

  • Yoga Siromani Sivananda 1980
  • DO in Ostepathy UCO 1989
  • Cranial Osteopathy STF / SCC 1991-98
  • Yoga Instructor Sunra 2000
  • Adult Learning Facilitator C&G 2007
  • Medical Acupuncture Herts Uni 2014
  • Yoga Nidra Yoga Leela 2020
  • Distance Craniosacral CCST 2021


Manuel has trained extensively in cranial osteopathy with various colleges, including the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation, and  Sutherland Cranial College

Most recently he’s studied distance craniosacral integration at Thomas Myers’ College Of Craniosacral Therapy

Other post-grad qualifications have included medical acupuncture, further yoga teacher training and yoga nidra

General Osteopathic Council

Manuel is a full member of the General Osteopathic Council register. The Council regulate the profession and set the osteopathic education and practice standards

Osteopathy in the UK enjoys statutory regulation and only members of the General Osteopathic Council are able to use the title “registered osteopath”

Manuel is listed in the register as

Joseph Manuel Ponce
GOsC Ref 1038

osteopathy for back pain

New Patient Form

To help maximize the time available for hands-on examination and treatment during your initial visit, please fill in the New Patient Health Form

Answer the questions to the best of your ability, and do please let Manuel know if there is anything you do not understand

PLEASE NOTE that the form is intended as general health screen. Your current presenting symptoms are not included and will be discussed in person during your session


Contact Me

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The Light Centre
151-153 Clapham Hight Street
London SW4 7SS
Appt's +44 7532671343


East Of Eden
Studio 1, 14 Hatherley Mews
London E17 4QP
Appt's +44 7532671343


C/ De Mingo Ramos 22
10200 Trujillo (Ca)