Visceral Manipulation (VM)

Visceral Manipulation Explained
“Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys and intestines. Organ specific fascial mobilisations (VM) encourage the normal mobility & motility of the viscera.

Your organs are in perpetual motion. When you breathe, walk and stretch, your organs move in your chest and abdomen. For example, when you take a breath, your kidneys move one inch; and with deep inhalation, they move 4 inches. In a day, they move a little over ½ mile. That’s around 19,000 miles in a lifetime!

Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues.

These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

This movement of organs is transmitted through fascia to other structures of the body. When you are healthy, all the structures move with an interconnected fluidity.

Optimum health relies on a harmonious relationship between the motions of the organs and other structures of the body.
There are many reasons for an organ to lose its mobility: physical traumas, surgeries, infections, and pregnancy/delivery to name a few.

When an organ is no longer freely mobile but is fixed to another structure, the body is forced to compensate. This compensation creates fixed, abnormal points of tension and the chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems throughout the body – musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urinary, respiratory and digestive, to name a few.

Harmony and health exist when motion is free and excursion is full – when motion is not labored, overexcited, depressed, or conflicting with neighboring structures and their mobility.

Therapists using Visceral Manipulation assess the dynamic functional actions as well as the somatic structures that perform individual activities.

Visceral Manipulation

VM assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic dysfunction.


It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments.


VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture.


Visceral Manipulation is useful for Back Pain, Strain, Sprains and other commonly presented issues.



Courses in Visceral Manipulation


At Barral Ireland, Our courses in Visceral Manipulation are taught by international experts, in Dublin. Courses are attended individually.

Visceral Manipulation (VM1)

In VM1 you will study the models and theories of functional biomechanics as viewed from Barral’s innovative approach

Visceral Manipulation (VM2)

In Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 2 you will expand on the functional anatomy, hand placements and techniques you learned in Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 to give you a deeper understanding of the abdominal cavity and its relationship to the cranial and thoracic cavities.

Visceral Manipulation (VM3)

Visceral Manipulation: The Pelvis (VM3) studies the relationship between functional and structural mechanics of the pelvis.

Visceral Manipulation (VM4)

After taking Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 and 2, you’ve become acquainted with the feel of the different abdominal organs and local restrictions. In the Thorax workshop, you’ll take an expanded look at the functional biomechanics of the thoracic cavity. You’ll also explore the relationship between the hard frame and soft frame with its countless articulations for respiration, circulatory requirements and upper body movement patterns.

Visceral Manipulation (VM5)

VM5 studies the use of Manual Thermal Evaluation to evaluate and improve organ functions.

Visceral Manipulation (VM6)


VM6 explores in depth the connections between our organs and our emotions.


Visceral Manipulation: Applications for Pediatrics (VAP)


Visceral Manipulation: Applications for Pediatrics applies Visceral Manipulation techniques to working with infants, toddlers and children.


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