Visceral Manipulation was developed by French Osteopath Jean Pierre Barral over 20 years ago. It is a therapeutic approach to relieving abnormal tissue tensions of and around your organs thereby promoting and improving organ function.

The basic philosophy of Visceral Manipulation is that an organ in good health has good movement. If a tissue becomes “fixed” or adhered, it will become a point of chronic irritation. Other tissues will pivot around that point in an effort to adapt to it. Their function will become altered as well. Altered motion creates organ dysfunction. Adhesions can form between organs and the surrounding tissues which also attach to your bones. A longstanding adhesion can cause a chronic tension on the spine creating back pain, shoulder pain and/or neck pain.

How is Visceral Manipulation performed?
The therapist “listens” to your organ function, heat, movement, and lack of movement, with a trained hand and a thorough knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The therapist “listens” for abnormal tissue tone and lines of tension, following these influences throughout your body. With specifically applied manual forces these tensions are released. By encouraging normal organ function, through the restoration of proper motion, organ function is enhanced and the body can regain optimal health.

How can Visceral Manipulation help me?
The best way to answer this question is to speak about what clients I have treated and the results they have experienced. Anyone who has had a surgical procedure would benefit from the Visceral techniques, in terms of the mobility and sense of ‘flexibility’ that can be returned to the body after their stay (long or short) in the hospital. Similarly, I have worked with a number of mothers in the post partum period to help restore mobility to the pelvic floor and pelvic organs which do not always return to their ideal ‘prebirth’ configuration. And, as a general observation, Visceral Manipulation is an excellent compliment to people who have had complaints about fibroids, ovarian cysts and general reproductive and hormonal problems.

As an overview to the techniques described above, CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Multihands Therapy and Visceral Manipulation work as interactive tools in the therapeutic process. Sometimes one predominates, sometimes another. It is all basically a matter of listening to the inner wisdom of the client, and doing what they direct you to do. It is a very great honor to listen, blend, meld, and be a partner in the healing process of each person who comes for treatment…

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