Visceral Manipulation

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Visceral Manipulation is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body’s visceral system (the heart, liver, stomach, large and small intestines and other internal organs) to identify, release tensions, and improve mobility and fluidity throughout the body. – Barral Institute.

It utilizes specifically placed hand, pressures to promote the normal mobility, tone and motion of the organ and its’ respective connective tissues. The rhythmic motions of the visceral organ system are used to evaluate how abnormal forces interplay, overlap and cause the body to work harder. These gentle manipulations techniques, can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, systems, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

Visceral manipulation therapy historically dates back to Tibet, when it was practiced for over two centuries. Today, it has gained international recognition when it was improved and further developed upon by a French Osteopath Physician named Dr. Jean-Pierre Barrel, world-renowned French Osteopath & Physical Therapist.

When an organ can’t move in synchronization with its neighbouring viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it works in opposition to all the body’s systems. This can happen, because of our emotional anxieties, injury or post surgery recovery that tend to create tensions, and adhesions, restricting the normal mobility and fluidity of the organ, which can then pave a pathway to disease and dysfunction.

Comparative studies have found Visceral Manipulation beneficial for a wide variety of disorders:

Acute Disorders

  • Whiplash
  • Seatbelt Injuries
  • Chest or Abdominal Sports Injuries
  • Bloating and Constipation
  • Nausea and Acid Reflux
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids and Cysts
  • Effects of Menopause
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Chronic Spinal Dysfunction
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Post-operative Scar Tissue
  • Post-infection Scar Tissue
  • Constipation and Gastritis
  • Infant Colic

Today visceral manipulation is practiced by various medical and complementary healthcare professionals – and by medical massage therapist. Ask your doctor, if visceral manipulation is right for you.

What is a Visceral Manipulation Session Like?  Your first visceral manipulation appointment can last up to 30 to 60 minutes in length, and integrated with other medical massage techniques.  You will be asked to lay face up on a massage table. Fully, clothed or covered by a sheet for warmth and modesty.   Motion testing, and hand pressure on the viscera organs individually, relaxes them and and support their overall health.

It’s amazing how much the human body can heal itself when the causes of visceral stresses get a change to really relax.

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Claude is a Member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP)); Medallion Member of the International Association of Healthcare Practitioners (IAHP); Certified Upledger Institute CranioSacral Therapist and an Graduate in Advanced Clinical and Holistic Applications of Massage Therapy, from the Institute of Natural Healing Science, (INHS). 

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