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Most of my patients are aware of my passion for learning more about human anatomy and how better to help it heal itself through soft tissue manipulation.  As I embarked on my journey in 2014 to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, it became evident early on in the process that visceral manipulation not only provided amazing results for chronic conditions but how overall it played a pivotal role in creating harmony within our bodies.  I wanted to learn more and therefore have embarked on further advanced studies through the Barral Institute.  Of course, one can never learn enough about the anatomy and our body`s many systems, therefore I continue to read and study at home on a regular basis.

Jean-Pierre Barral, a French osteopath since the early 1970's, developed a body of work in visceral manipulation that is nothing short of outstanding in its approach to treating restrictions in the body.  These restrictions and tensions can often develop symptoms far from the root cause.  For example did you know that the liver, if restricted, can affect the articular movements of the right shoulder joint and right sacroiliac (SI) joint?  Another example is how adhesions in a lung can potentially affect rib action which can impact spinal movements and as a result develop dysfunctional relationships with other structures.  In a single day, your internal organs move 30,000 times, your liver alone travels 600 meters.

These dysfunctions of movement in our deep connective tissue and organs, repeated thousands of time in a day, create tension patterns which our bodies have to compensate for.  This creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body must move around, and this chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems.

Continuing Education Classes Taken in 2018

Continuing Education Classes Taken in 2019

Continuing Education Classes Taken in 2020

  • Due to Covid-19, hands-on courses for VM3 module (Pelvis). was not taken yet.  However the Barral Institute pivoted to allow the theory portion of this module to be done online via Zoom (outlined below)
  • December 2020: Participated in the virtual component (VM3-VC) which presented lectures, as well as anatomy and layered lab palpation exercises that prepared me to attend the VM3-L in-person 3-day class for the practical labs end of October 2021 (this lab was delayed from January 2021 due to Covid).

Continuing Education Classes for 2021

  • Basic Life Support (HCP) - January 2021: One (1) year certification to perform rapid assessment, CPR & AED in a team environment for pre-hospital health care provider
    • Course Content • Glove removal • Primary Assessment • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) • Airway Obstruction • Assisted Ventilation • Basic Life Support special considerations
  • Standard First Aid & CPR Level 3 - February 2021: Three (3) year certification in Standard First Aid, CPR Level C, and AED
    • Course Content: Preparing to respond, The EMS system, Check, Call, Care, Airway emergencies, Breathing and Circulation emergencies, First aid for respiratory and cardiac arrest, Wound care, Head and spine injuries, Bone, muscle and joint injuries, Sudden Medical Emergencies, Environmental Emergencies, Poisons (includes opioid poisoning)
  • Planned VM3 in-person 3-day practical labs - October 2021
  • Preparation reading for the VM3 class - Urogenital Manipulation by Jean-Pierre Barral 

What is visceral manipulation?  

As defined by the Barral Institute, where I am currently pursuing an in-depth series of courses, it is:

1:  gentle manual therapy that assesses the structural relationships between the viscera (organs), and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the various systems in the body.

2:  assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive, eliminatory, neuroendocrine and lymphatic dysfunction. 

Visceral manipulation is a soft and extremely effective approach to treating a variety of conditions through organ specific fascial mobilizations and fascial releases to other affected areas and systems of the body.  An organ in good health has physiologic motion.  The techiques are used to "wake up" and help with the natural shearing and gliding between the planes of the tissues.

Visceral manipulation is within the scope of practice for RMTs who are members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario and is an integral part of osteopathic philosophy and treatments.

For those of you who have chronic conditions that are deeply impacting your quality of life, don't lose hope!  Your body not only wants to get better, it has amazing self-healing just needs a little helping hand.