Visceral and Neuromeningeal Manipulation (VM & VM)


I was recently asked how a naturopathic doctor could be using body work (visceral manipulation) to treat deep underlying issues.


The training I have received is directly from the work of Jean-Pierre Barral, the French osteopath and founder of the body of work known as Visceral and Neuromenigeal Manipulation.  But Visceral and Neuromeningeal Manipulation is a mouthful, so I’m just call it “bodywork”. 

What I love about VM and NM: it is precise; it is gentle and minimal; it is profound and has lasting positive effects.  It takes years of practice and experience to master the techniques, so it is challenging and always interesting.  Thankfully,  I’ve been practicing VM/NM for over 17 years now, so I feel competent and confident using it.

Treating the Body-Mind-Emotions

The advanced training includes brain and emotional interpretation, releasing and encouragement.  Once I became comfortable with perceiving and interpreting the emotional content “in the brain”, I started to pick up on the emotional patterns that were expressing themselves in the tissues.  These are just as important as those found in the cranium and can have a profound affect on health.

The physical body is the basis of the work and provides access to all the other information.  The body never lies (or if it does, it’s just to help us find something that might have otherwise been missed) and I find that it is a reliable conduit of precise information.

I do not treat muscles because there is a whole world of talented professionals that do that type of work.  Likewise, I do not crack joints, like a chiropractor might.



Why treat so deeply?

VM and NM are useful for the following reasons

Accidents jar the organs and their ligaments.

Emotional fixations affect the functioning of organs and glands.

organs hang off the spine and rib.

treating deeply allows me to treat minimally.

Malpositioning of organs affects total body alignment.

The body’s responses and conditions are reflections of deeper processes.