Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation is a gentle and extremely effective form of hands-on manipulation to help restore proper function and movement to the tissues of the entire body while dramatically reducing chronic pain and tension. Visceral Manipulation offers quick assessment and powerful hands-on techniques for the ENTIRE body, not just the viscera (organs).

The treatments are guided by precise assessments that allow the practitioner to establish where, when and how to treat the body. With this system the practitioner is able to work with: bones, ligaments, joints, membranes, dural and cranial restrictions (tissues wrapping spinal cord and brain), tensions within arteries and nerves, strains inside brain tissue, and of course organs and their supporting membranes.

This work was developed and continues to be advanced by French Osteopath Jean-Pierre Barral. Dr. Barral is a brilliant and creative pioneer in the field of Osteopathy who continues to quickly advance this work. Originally trained as a physical therapist and searching for more resources he entered the European School of Osteopathy, graduating in 1975. His curiosity became piqued after reports from his clients that a folk healer in the foothills of the local mountains had helped their chronic back pain by working the tissues in their abdomen. Looking deeper into the anatomy of the organs, especially the abdomen, he began to realize the important role the membranes and ligaments played in the health and comfort of the body. 

This exploration led to years of practice and the development of Visceral Manipulation. Jean-Pierre Barral has combined amazing assessment techniques with the best of Osteopathic manipulation.

Citing his development of Visceral Manipulation (VM), Jean-Pierre Barral was named one of TIME magazine’s Top Healing Innovators to watch in the new millennium.

Below is a nine minute video of Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral
performing a demonstration session.

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