Visceral Manipulation

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.
Visceral manipulation is a gentle technique that frees up the fascia and allows the organs to glide against each other more easily. As a result of injury, repetitive stress, surgery, or postural compensations, the fascia layers around the organs can become restricted in their ability to act as proximal stabilizers for the entire body. This can contribute to overall fascial tension and pain patterns throughout the body. The therapist feels for any patterns of tension. Using a gentle technique with the hands, the therapist is 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 and improving alignment throughout the body.

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