In a nutshell, visceral massage or manipulation engages your body’s own self-healing mechanisms to do just that, heal itself. It works with a specific layer of the body called fascia. Fascia is a membrane between the skin and our layer of fat, like a glove around your whole body. It is also around other structures such as muscles (which form the tendons at the attachment points), bones, arteries and internal organs. All of these structures including the nerves communicate via this fascia.
Certain postures or injuries will cause certain tension patterns throughout this network. The idea is to find the main area of tension, bring your body’s awareness to it and your body will unwind itself in a relaxed manner. Our bodies know the true placement of where our organs, muscles and the like should be and thus have an innate ability to self-correct.
Visceral massage can be used on pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, all the way to the elderly. Because of its gentle manner it can be practiced on everyone. The technique used is a specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the organs and their connective tissue.
Visceral massage can help both new and chronic issues. These include motor vehicle accidents, concussions, whiplash, sports injuries, scar tissue, digestive disorders like IBS and acid reflux, men’s and women’s health issues such as incontinence or pelvic pain, headaches and migraines, carpal tunnel, sciatica, anxiety, depression and a myriad of other issues. It is a great modality to help your whole body out.