Visceral Manipulation is a gentle technique that frees up the fascia and allows the organs to glide against each other more easily. Fascia wraps around all of the organs or viscera. After injury – trauma, repetitive stress, and/or postural compensations – fascia around the organs can become restricted and contribute to overall fascial tension and pain patterns.
As in the craniosacral system, the organs also have a regular pattern of movement in the living body. The therapist monitors this movement and feels for any patterns of tension. Using a gentle technique with their hands,our physical, occupational, and massage therapists are able to release this tension, often at a very deep level. This can have a profound effect on how easily the body moves, decreasing muscle tension and pain, improving alignment throughout the body.
Physicians and folk healers have manipulated organs since antiquity, but it was not until the last quarter of the 20th century that this art evolved into a science. French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral studied the rather rough manipulations of French folk healers, applied his Osteopathic knowledge to the organ support system, and over the years made large developments in the art and science of Visceral Manipulation.