It is recommend that three MLD/VM sessions are preformed once a week for three consecutive weeks.

Karen Urwin LMT, MLD, MMP


Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle hands-on therapy that works through the body’s visceral system (the heart, liver, intestines and other internal organs) to locate and alleviate these abnormal points of tension throughout the body.

There are many reasons for an organ to lose it’s mobility: physical traumas, surgeries, sedentary lifestyles, infection, bad diet, poor posture and pregnancy and delivery can all contribute to the stasis and inefficiency of the internal organs.

Visceral manipulation enhances the normal mobility and tissue motion of the organs of the visceral system. Hypertonicity (tightness), displacement, and adhesions can all cause organs to work against each other, creating chronic irritation and fixed, abnormal points of tension. The visceral organs are dependent on their ability to move freely in the visceral cavity so they can function properly and efficiently. When they are pulled out of their effective positions, they cease to function properly. By freeing each organ to work compatibly with the others, a therapist can potentially alter and improve the structure and functioning of the entire body.

 “Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle manual therapy that aids your body’s ability to release restrictions and dysfunction. VM, does not focus solely on the site of pain or dysfunction, but evaluates the entire body to find the source of the problem.

Visceral Manipulation (VM) was developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral who continues to train hundreds of practitioners of the craft each year.

What is Visceral Manipulation?

Our body is made up of many interrelated components - bones, muscles, nerves, and thin connective tissue called fascia, as well as internal organs (visceral). Your organs are in perpetual motion. When you breathe, walk and stretch, your organs move in your check and abdomen. For example, when you take a breath, your kidneys move one inch; and with deep inhalation, they move 4 inches. In the day, they move over 1/2 mile. Thats around 19,00 miles in a lifetime!

This movement of the organs is transmitted through fascia to other structures of the body. When you are healthy, all the structures move with fluidity. This is important as it influences activities throughout the body from the tiniest cellular pulsations to rhythmic contractions of the heart and blood flow. Optimal health relies on this harmonious relationship.

Organs lose mobility due to physical trauma, surgery, lifestyle, pathogens, pollution, diet, posture, pregnancy and such. When an organ is restricted and fixed to another structure, the body is forced to compensate. This creates abnormal points of tension and chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems throughout the body.

Image scar tissue around the lungs, every breath requires movement but scar tissue alters the normal pattern. This could shift rib movement creating pulls on the spine resulting in mid-back and neck pain, and limited shoulder movement. This scenario highlights just one of a hundreds possible scenarios of a small dysfunction - magnified by thousands of repetitions each day. This also explains how pain can often be far removed from the actual cause.

Emotions are Stored in the Organs

It is well documented that our emotions have a great impact on how are bodies functions, and this is greatly due to how receive organs are to our feelings. Different emotions affect different organs. Emotional reactions can translate into simple spasms in the gallbladder or heartburn, vomiting, feeling faint, ulcers, and serious disease. When the brain receives negative emotions it sends tension back to the body resulting in a vicious cycle. Conversely, a physically damaged or imbalanced organ can stimulate emotional upset. VM can break this cycle, enhance the health of the organ, and restore emotional balance.

Cancellation Policy

Your appointments are very important to us, they are reserved especially for the service that you have requested. Therefore, we respectfully request at least a 48 hour notice for cancellations or rescheduling of appointments. This allows us time to inform clients/patients on our wait list of availability, better serving everyone.