Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 (VM1)

Assessment of Structural Relationships between Viscera, and their Fascial or Ligamentous Attachments to the Musculoskeletal System

(Corresponds to former VM1A.)

Prerequisite: This course is intended for licensed or certified healthcare professionals, or for students nearing completion in their studies to become a healthcare professional, with palpation skills and experience as well as anatomical knowledge. Upon registration you will receive a list of anatomical terms and structures to review in advance of the course to help you achieve maximum benefit from attending.

Take Your Skills to the Next Level with Barral's Visceral Manipulation

Abdomen 1 (VM1)

In VM1 you will study the models and theories of functional biomechanics as viewed from Barral's innovative approach.

Course Highlights

  • Learn manual skills to locate, evaluate and normalize primary areas of dysfunction within the abdominal cavity.
  • Explore the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes and ligaments.
  • Examine the relationship of organs and structural or neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction.
  • Assess the quality of functional activity and somatic structures as they relate to an overall pattern.

Jean-Pierre Barral's Visceral Manipulation is not just another manual therapy that we add to our work, but rather it is a "style" of communicating with the body. We are doing all of these techniques, not to FIX something in the body but rather to 'wake up a little something' as Jean-Pierre Barral says over and over again.

Barral says, "What we are wanting to do is to give the body a clear message." "To be specific in a short time." He says these things over and over. These are his messages of proprioceptive communication - his unique style and approach to working with patients. To have and hold this deep appreciation of the messages of the body. To hear him say, "Ahh you know, you can fool yourself with your stories; only the tissues know.".

Class Details

VM Core-Pak Program

Our VM Core-Pak Program allows you to take our core curriculum classes (VM1 through VM4) for as little as $100 per month, with no interest.  In addition, you will receive the VM1-VM4 Virtual Program and the Techniques Certification.  By signing up for our VM Core-Pak, you will save more than $1000 off all that the program offers.

Core-Pak Information


"Within 5 days (after VM1) I worked with 14 clients and got to integrate VM1 into every session. I had an amazing variety of clients to work with, and it had amazing results, and that was just the instant gratification! I worked with a client who had her mastectomy surgery a few years ago who had issues with extension of the trunk and arm, within the first ten minutes it resolved. A lot of women had c-sections with complications post surgery, and movement and discomfort was relieved. I love that I am barely scratching the surface and enjoying the exploration. From the basics of VM1 it fueled my fire to learn so much more."

K. Lewis, CA

"I attended the VM1 workshop you taught in the Washington DC. It was a great workshop - thank you! I have signed up for the core package. Since I have returned to my practice, I have found it hugely helpful. Also frustrating as I want to know more... like I wish I had the information yesterday! I have Barral's books to consult until I complete the trainings and I know that I need more time and study. The VM work bridges nicely with my clientele - mostly complicated cases that have not responded well in the past to PT, chiropractic or osteopathy. I am able to provide relief to my clients but often not for sustained periods. I think the Visceral work will address some of the "temporary relief" cases."

A.Sansone, PT, MA, COMT

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