Visceral Manipulation is a form of hands-on bodywork therapy that works with the internal organs and their surrounding structures to help ease your body toward its natural state of healing.

At Well Beyond, Merry Witty uses Visceral Manipulation to help identify and solve problems throughout your body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, release the negative effects of stress, increase mobility of the musculoskeletal system, and bring about more vibrant health.

How Visceral Manipulation Works

Developed by French osteopath and physical therapist Jean-Pierre Barral, Visceral Manipulation has played a role in European and Asian medical cultures for centuries.

The Visceral system (essentially our internal organs and surrounding structures, including ligaments, nerves, arteries and veins), relies on movement.  All organs have an innate movement called “motility.” The liver, for example, moves 2400 times a day when in healthy motility. Organs also move in what is called “mobility,” and this is determined by structure, ligaments, musculoskeletal, nerves.etc.

Organs in optimal health have both good motility and mobility. Often back or neck pain can be a cause of an immobile organ or organs.

Using the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues, the gentle touch of Visceral Manipulation can improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

The work is done with a soft, precise touch. When organs are free to have their structural and innate movements, this allows for the body, mind, and spirit to achieve another level of health. Fluid motion leads to freedom and clarity. This leads to liberty.

Merry Witty has studied directly with Dr. Barral since 1988, and has completed advanced coursework through the world-renowned Barral Institute. For his insights into the body and effective techniques, Dr. Barral remains one of her favorite teachers.

The Body is not just Biology. The Body is Theology.