COURSE CONTENT

Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 (VM1)

Course Length: 4 Days, 24 hours

Course Description:

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

Course Outcomes:

  • Learn manual skills to locate, evaluate and normalize primary areas of dysfunction within the abdominal cavity.
  • Explore the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes and ligaments.
  • Examine the relationship of organs and structural or neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
  • Assess the quality of functional activity and somatic structures as they relate to an overall pattern.

Prerequisite: Experience with sensitive, light-touch palpation

Required Advance Reading: Visceral Manipulation by Jean-Pierre Barral, RPT, DO; Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter, MD, or A Regional Atlas of the Human Body by Carmine Clemente.

Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 2 (VM2)

Course Length: 4 Days, 24 hours

Course Description:

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.

Course Outcomes:

  • Explore the deeper structures within the abdominal cavity, focusing on the kidneys, pancreas, spleen, greater omentum, peritoneum, and their connective or suspensory tissues.
  • Learn about the concept of restriction planes, mobility and motility.
  • Begin to incorporate multiple long-lever techniques into your VM work.
  • Participate in supervised, hands-on sessions that guide you through specific techniques for locating and evaluating each organ, along with the effects and contraindications.

Prerequisite: VM1 (Abdomen 1) or VMIA (Visceral Manipulation IA).

Required Advance Reading: Visceral Manipulation II by Jean-Pierre Barral, RPT, DO

Visceral Manipulation: The Pelvis (VM3)

Course Length: 4 Days, 24 hours

Course Description:

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.

Course Outcomes:

  • Learn identify, receive and conduct Jean-Pierre Barral’s method of evaluation and treatment for the organ systems of the pelvic cavity, including the integration of the pelvic organs with the complex ligament systems of that body region.
  • Discover techniques for differentiating between somatic and visceral causes for pelvic and low back problems.
  • Discover how to integrate the pelvic organs with the complex ligament systems of the body region.
  • Explore additional principles of direct and indirect approaches and their appropriate applications.
  • Integrate the pelvis into the body with principles of Lines of Tension.

Prerequisite: VM2 (Abdomen 2) or VMIB (Visceral Manipulation IB).

Required Advance Reading: Urogenital Manipulation, by Jean-Pierre Barral, RPT, DO.

Visceral Manipulation: The Thorax (VM4)

Course Length: 4 Days, 24 hours

Course Description:

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.

Course Outcomes:

  • Explore visceral fascia of the throat and thoracic cavity.
  • Review the anatomy, biomechanics and function of the thoracic organs.
  • Study the biomechanics of the cervical, thoracic, rib cage and shoulder girdle complex.
  • Learn techniques to release the soft tissue components of the thoracic inlet and hyoid apparatus.
  • Practice listening techniques within the thoracic activity.
  • Understand practical integration of the thoracic cavity organs.
  • Learn integration of the thoracic organs with the complex ligament systems of that body region.
  • Discover techniques for differentiating between somatic and visceral causes for thoracic and spinal problems.
  • Special Focus on Pleura, Lungs, Pericardium, Heart, Mediastinum, Thyroid, Trachea, Esophagus, Sternum, Rib Cage and Thoracic Plexuses.

Manual Thermal Evaluation and Introduction to VisceroEmotional (VM5)

Course Length: 4 Days, 24 hours

Course Description:

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

Course Outcomes:

  • Learn the use of Manual Thermal Evaluation to find restrictions and organ dysfunction in the body.
  • Explore the synchronicity between the body and brain, and how that affects the health of a person.
  • Discover how the brain uses the internal organs to discharge and express excess energy (often of emotional origin) and how that affects structural integrity.
  • Practice working with energy loss, locating structural restrictions contributing to pain, and managing a therapeutic session.

Prerequisite: VM3 (The Pelvis) and VM4 (The Thorax)

Required Advance Reading: Manual Thermal Evaluation by Jean-Pierre Barral, RPT, DO.

VisceroEmotional Relationships (VM6)

Course Length: 3 Days, 18 hours

Course Description:

Explore in depth the connections between our organs and our emotions.

Course Outcomes:

  • Explore the body and the organism, physical energy, psychoemotional energy and release techniques all with respect to Jean Pierre Barral’s unique visceral approach.
  • Discover all three levels of Manual Thermal Evaluation, active and passive tissuloemotional liberation, and psychoemotional liberation.
  • Understand the Chicken-or-Egg Syndrome in relation to organ dysfunction and emotions.
  • Learn how to break the visceroemotional cycle through Visceral Manipulation.
  • As a workshop that would typically be offered at the post-graduate level, this course engages course participants in a dynamic exchange of information tailored to advanced skills.

Prerequisite: VM5 (Manual Thermal Evaluation and Introduction to VisceroEmotional).

Required Advance Reading: Understanding the Messages of Your Body by Jean-Pierre Barral, RPT, DO.