What is Visceral Manipulation?

Visceral Manipulation a gentle, light touch, manual therapy that aids your body at
releasing restrictions in and around your viscera (organs), and encourages normal
mobility, tone
, and inherent tissue motion. The viscera are an often neglected
component of unhealthy compensations, pain, and dysfunction. VM is another layer of
treatment that gets to the core! The goal is to "wake a little something up" in this
forgotten region of the body and stimulate the body into its own healing process.

Touch is generally applied onto the abdomen, thorax, pelvis, back, & skull, but may
include other parts of the body. The VM therapist feels for altered or decreased mobility
and motility within the viscera and surrounding
Myofascia system, then uses movement
and holding to release these restrictions and to reestablish the body’s ability to adapt
and restore itself to health.

Suggested Attire
It is recommended that women wear sports bras or bikini tops, & all clients wear loose
fitting pants that can be lowered to the pubis, with no buckles, belts, nor heavy waist

How Do Organs Contribute to Pain & Dysfunction?
Your organs are in constant motion. When you breathe, walk, stretch, etc. your organs
move in your chest and abdomen.  For example, when you breathe, your kidneys move
one to four inches. Over the course of the day, that’s 1/2 mile!

When you are healthy, all the organs and tissues move with interconnected fluidity.  
Restrictions can occur from trauma, surgery, stress, inflammation, sedentary lifestyle,
etc. When this happens, the organs and surrounding tissues can adhere to other
structures, and each other, and the body is forced to compensate giving way to
problems throughout the body such as musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, respiratory, &
digestive pain.

Small dysfunctions magnified by thousands of repetitions each day can create poor
biomechanics, structural misalignment, inflexibility, abnormal rhythms, and big aches and

Benefits of Visceral Manipulation
Facilitates healing in:
Acute disorders like whiplash, seatbelt injuries & sports injuries. Musculoskeletal pains
like headaches, hip pain, knee pain, & sciatica. Digestive disorders like bloating,
constipation, gastritis, vomiting, & acid reflux. Breathing Problems. Women’s and men’s
health issues like chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, cysts, bladder incontinence,
prostate dysfunction. Emotional issues like anxiety, depression, & PTSD.

Emotions of the Organs
Emotions have a great impact on how our body functions. All organs have emotional
connections so emotional release is not uncommon with VM work.

Development of VM
Jean Pierre Barral is an osteopathic physician from France. He became interested in
biomechanics while working at the Lung Disease Hospital in Grenoble. Barral was able to
follow patterns of stress in the tissues of cadavers as he studied biomechanics in living
patients. This led him to the visceral system and its potential to promote lines of
tension within the body.

Barral’s clinical work with the viscera led to his gentle manual therapy that focuses on
internal organs and the surrounding fascia, and its influence over structural,
physiological, and emotional dysfunctions.

Barral began to teach VM in 1985.  He continues to train practitioners world wide and
has authored several books.

Learn More
For more information see www.barralinstitute.com
See JP Baral talk about and perform VM on YouTube
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