Visceral Manipulation

I have recently embarqued in a new adventure: diving further into the fascia work of the viscera.  It has been on the dream list for a while as it makes so perfect sense to add this missing piece to my puzzle.  This will take me years to master through practice and attending many out-of-state workshops (each with a different focus: abdominal organs, thoracic cavity, cranial membranes...). The work was developped by Jean-Pierre Barral, French Osteopath, who has been teaching these fondamentals to the USA since the late 1980.  I just trained in the first level of Visceral Manipulation (Barral Institute), and I am very excited to add such a very complementary tool to my therapeutic "help box".

More info:

"Visceral Mainpulation is a manual therapy consisting of gentle, specifically placed manual forces that encourages mobility, tone and inherent tissue motion of the viscera, their connective tissue and other areas of the body where physiologic motion has been impaired.

Motion is a sign of life itself. Everything moves in space and time and humans are no exception. Our bodies need movement to be healthy.  This same principles applies to every structure in our bodies including the viscera.  For an organ to be healthy and have optimal function there needs to be motion.

Tissues lose their normal motion when they become inflamed.  The natural healing process involves local disruption of normal tissue fibers and their replacement with relatively inelastic granular tissue.  It can be conceptualized as a localized drying out of the affected tissues.  Many factors can cause tissue inflammation including: infections, direct trauma, repetitive movement, diet, environmental toxins and emotional stress.

As a student of Visceral Manipulation, I am learning tools for "evaluating organ's motion, in particular, two types of movement: one motion caused by the pushes and pulls of surrounding tissues (mobility) and the other, the organ's own intrinsic, active motion (motility).  I am also learning techniques to treat these areas of decreased/altered motion, thereby restoring better physiologic motion which in turn will improve the function of that organ".  Barral Institute

Possible effects:

  • Restored mobility and motility of organs
  • Restored function of sphincters
  • Improved fluid circulation
  • Improved hormonal and chemical production
  • Improved immunity
  • Restored wellbeing