Jean-Paul Höppner


My name is Jean-Paul Höppner and although I live in Belgium, I have German roots.

Already as a young man, I was interested in nature and the complexity of life. Later, in the beginning of the eighties I started with my medical studies but soon changed my course and due to my passion for anatomy I became an osteopath.

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Inflammation – Infection – Immunity knowing the landmarks, setting the trenches!


Statistically, the corona situation was due to happen. Let there be no doubt about that! Too long ago the 1918 pandemic had passed and in the beginning of this new century there were some clear warnings (for instance SARS 2002 and MERS 2012).

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Lumbar pain and the 10 pelvic vertebra


Anatomy is one of the oldest sciences that describes the human form. These descriptions are based on observations of as well as insights in the human form of those days. Over the centuries many anatomical books were written. Often as a copy of previous editions. Over the centuries a certain way of looking was passed from one generation to the next. By copying books we also copied our way of looking at form and function. Question: can a change of looking turn into the capability of seeing different forms and functions which are now still hidden behind the old Nomina Anatomica?

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Nerves and their drilling machine


A deeper understanding of the anatomical form leads to an insight that has practical significance. This deeper understanding requires a way of looking. A way of looking that leads to seeing which turns illustrations of structures into living pictures of anatomy. The way of looking represents a state of mind. This state of mind is often biased by the rhetoric we use in order to describe what we are looking at. Being unaware of it, this rhetoric is often not without consequences for our daily practice!

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Upcoming new courses

Lectured by Jean-Paul Höppner

  • Morphokinetics in practice

    Morphokinetics in practice

    La Kambrousse, 79130 LE RETAIL, France

    October 27, 2022 - May 5, 2024

  • Embryology


    Bad Vilbel, Germany

    November 17, 2022 - May 26, 2024

  • Anatomy Dissection

    Anatomy Dissection

    Heidelberg, Germany

    March 3 - 5, 2023

  • Embryology


    Nantes, France

    February 9, 2023 - 1September 1, 2024

  • Embryology


    Krapi - Rantatie 2 - Tuusula, Finland

    February 2, 2023 - August 25, 2024

In 1987 I did two supplementary semesters in anatomical dissections at the free university of Brussels where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with congratulations of the jury. It gave me the opportunity to become pro-sector at the department of morphology and experimental anatomy under the supervision of professor Clarijs. I left the department in 1995.

In 1992, in cooperation with professor Cabri from the free university of Brussels and technical university of Lisbon, my colleague Max Girardin DO and I started a special anatomical program at the Rupprecht-Karls university of Heidelberg. Today, under our supervision, young osteopaths from all over Europe still benefit from this opportunity to complete their practical studies of anatomy with a capital A, meaning: dissection, human embryology and histology.

From 1994 till 2000 I gave lectures concerning anatomy, human embryology and osteopathy in practice at the College Sutherland in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.

Since 2005 I am an EVOST fellow. EVOST, which stands for “Evolutionary Medicine in the Osteopathic Field”, is a think tank for osteopathic philosophy and Form in general. For me human embryology is an important part of morphology and Form. It is the fundamental basis for anatomical study.


My interests in the significance of Form has lead me to the concept of professor Blechschmidt. As a native German the original writings of Blechschmidt are accessible to me. Persistent work and an inquisitive mind for more than 20 years in this field has opened a complete set of new perspectives on the meaning of Form to me.

Studying the writings of doctor Still and those of professor Blechschmidt, brought me to draw the conclusion: both are sharing the same views of principles but express them in another style. Since 2002 I give lectures to osteopaths from all over Europe concerning the metabolic patterns of Blechschmidt and their integration in daily osteopathic work. I am convinced that the metabolic pattern for Form are as the chords for a composer, they are the basis for harmonic polarity.

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