Practicing visceral manipulation has helped me properly understand just how connected everything really is.
The viscera, or internal organs, are suspended to each other and to the bones of the body via fascia. Fascia is connective tissue, and it is a continuous web-like system that extends from the top of our heads down to our toes, inside and out. Restrictions within these tissues may cause pain, affect alignment, movement patterns, and the ability of the body to function properly.
Holistically speaking, it's important to consider how our organs echo our emotions, and affect our physical and mental well-being. For example, you may get a "lump in your throat," a “gut feeling,” or “butterflies in your stomach.” The connection between mind and body is very clear.
Pregnancy, surgery, infection, jarring injuries, and emotional behaviors can all affect the mobility of your organs. Our organs need to slide and glide not only when we move, but even when we breathe!
Visceral Manipulation is a gentle technique that helps decrease pain and stress by restoring motion and function within the organs of the abdomen and pelvis.