Abdominal Massage / Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation, The Missing Link.

What is Visceral Manipulation?

The word ‘viscera‘ is derived from Latin and means ‘inner organs of the body.’ Our organs are suspended by ligaments which, like any other tissue in the body, can store tensions from trauma, surgery, excessive or insufficient movement, chemical imbalance and strong emotional or traumatic moments.

Visceral Manipulation is a method of assessing and treating areas of tension within the body, with a specific focus on our inner organs and their relationship to the rest of your body. In other words, it is ‘organ-specific fascial mobilization.’

Jean Peirre Barral is an Osteopath from France who began developing visceral manipulation over 40 years ago. Recently, TIME Magazine, citing his development of Visceral Manipulation, named Jean-Pierre Barral, DO one of the Top Healing Innovators to watch in the new millennium. His methods are taut to qualified body workers around the globe such as massage therapists, osteopaths, physiotherapist, acupuncturists and surgeons as advanced training.

What can visceral manipulation help with?

Visceral manipulation may relieve tension and restrictions across a wide range of body systems including;

  • musculoskeletal: eg. neck, back or leg aches and pains, sciatica, overuse symptoms, headaches, sinusitis
  • digestive disorders: eg. constipation/diarrhoea, IBS, acid reflux
  • trauma: eg. whiplash, concussion, sports injuries
  • emotional: eg. anxiety, depression, PTSD
  • men’s and women’s health: eg. chronic pelvic pain, bladder incontinence, painful periods

Pricing

Visceral manipulation initial consultation (30 mins)
Summer Special $50 (Normally $75)
Visceral manipulation follow up (30 mins)
$75
Visceral manipulation 15min extension (by the 15 min interval)
$20

Payments accepted

Cash, Eftpos, Mastercard, Visa, Bartercard, Online transfer – only accepted if payment received prior to your treatment. (Prices in brackets are promotional therapists’ rates).

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What can visceral manipulation help with?

Visceral manipulation may relieve tension and restrictions across a wide range of body systems including;

  • musculoskeletal: eg. neck, back or leg aches and pains, sciatica, overuse symptoms, headaches, sinusitis
  • digestive disorders: eg. constipation/diarrhoea, IBS, acid reflux
  • trauma: eg. whiplash, concussion, sports injuries
  • emotional: eg. anxiety, depression, PTSD
  • mens and womens health: eg. chronic pelvic pain, bladder incontinence, painful periods

Is visceral manipulation safe for everyone?

If you have a pacemaker or a mesh or other similar medical device within your body the ‘physical part’ of the treatment, ‘fascial specific mobilisations’ will not be performed, however it will still be safe to carry out an assessment and to work on functional mechanisms within the organs (through the practice of ‘motility’) and on emotional findings.

What should I expect from a visceral manipulation session?

In order to achieve an unbiased evaluation I prefer to perform the initial assessments without prior knowledge of your symptoms as this makes it easier to localise the root cause. The process is very light and should be entirely comfortable.

I will then discuss your case history and undertake a full body assessment including range of motion tests. This assessment process gives me information on the compensations that your body is making.

I then treat identified areas, which may not be at the site of your symptoms. These treatments may be carried out in a seated or lying down position as required.

I will finish with a re-evaluation.

How often can I have visceral manipulation?

It is recommended that you wait at least 3 weeks between visits. This gives your body a chance to integrate and get used to the neural changes within the body.

How long do the results last?

Results will vary from client to client.

Chances are that if you have a minor restriction or adhesion that we successfully release, you may notice results that ‘clear up’ your issue. For more deeply held restrictions several visits, or ongoing visits may be required.

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable loose clothing. A teeshirt and shorts is good and I will ask you to remove shoes, jewellery and belt.

Where I am at with my practice:

I am a Massage Therapist of 17 years and I have been studying visceral manipulation part time for about 5 years. Perhaps due to my confidence in working with the musculoskeletal system and the expectations I place on the outcomes from my work there, I expect I will feel for a long time that I am still developing the very refined sense of touch needed for this work. Visceral manipulation is so close to what I do on a daily basis and yet it is so different and still feels somewhat foreign to me.

I am focused on exposing myself to as wide a variety of clients as possible to develop my skills. Some of the results I’ve had so far seem absolutely ‘miraculous’ whereas at other times not much is noticed. Not noticing effects doesn’t necessarily mean there hasn’t been any, however it does provide me with the motivation to continue to develop my skills to a point where everyone can notive the benefits from this work.

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