Firm.n.Fold Visceral Massage Workshops

September 17, 2016 – September 18, 2016 all-day

Visceral Massage Techniques for Remedial Massage Therapists is a series of exciting, innovative two-day massage workshops presented by Greg Morling Med. DRM. QA (distinction). They will be held during September and October on the Gold Coast, in Sydney, Darwin and Hobart.

Visceral massage is based on specific palpatory techniques that encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera (internal organs) and their connective tissues including fascia.

These gentle massage techniques can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.

Massage of the internal organs has long been a component of some therapeutic systems in Oriental medicine and became part of natural medicine in the Western model via the work of osteopath, Jean-Pierre Barral.

Visceral massage may relieve chronic conditions caused by lower back pain, internal scar tissue, sluggish bowel movement, constipation, pelvic pain and endometriosis to name a few conditions that Barral sites in his texts.

Anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder conditions as issues that may be eased by visceral massage.

Research conducted by Professor Bud Craig from the US has now provided evidence that the visceral system is our “second brain” and that the insular cortex in the brain receives messages from the organs.

His work could well lead to a reappraisal of how our keen palpatory skills could be beneficial in assisting in the treatment of anxiety issues, reduction of pain by vagal nerve activation and even in the clearer understanding of our ‘self’.

Accompanying these emotional benefits the massage skills you will learn may assist in the physical elimination of colon waste and be a natural detox for your client.

Greg will also present scar tissue and fascia release processes that can be part of visceral massage.

This unique, ground-breaking massage workshop illuminates a new therapeutic path for us that truly honours our palpatory skills for both the physical and emotional well-being of our clients.

What you will learn:

  • History and historic perspectives of therapeutic visceral massage
  • Review of abdominal muscles
  • Anatomy of the visceral system
  • Draping and massage preparation including use of heat application
  • Basic and advanced massage techniques for visceral massage, adhesion separation and increased visceral movement for a range of internal organs and associated dysfunction
  • Related reflex points for a range of visceral organs
  • Relationship between the gut (viscera), anterior insular cortex and human awareness
  • Indications and contra-indications of visceral massage

“I have been working extensively on the visceral system during my studies and dissection on the Iliopsas at the University of NSW during the past years,” says Greg Morling.

“Deep pelvic dissections provided me with both an anatomical understanding of the psoas but also the internal organs of the pelvic visceral system.

“This workshop builds from this past study and is particularly focused on giving the clinically experienced massage therapist skills to address issues and conditions related to these internal organs.”

Venues and Dates:

GOLD COAST: September 17-18th, 18 Leda Dr, Burleigh Heads

SYDNEY: September 24-25, 27 Arthur St, Rodd Point Clinic

DARWIN: October 22-23, Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, 1 & 2 Sir Norman Brearley Drive, Marrara

ROCKHAMPTON: October 29-30, Albert Court Motel, Cnr Albert and Alma Sts

HOBART: November 5-6, Black Buffalo Hotel, 14 Federal St, North Hobart

SYDNEY: November 12-13, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, 782 Kingsway, Gymea

9:30 to 4:30 both days. Morning tea, Afternoon tea and lunch provided each day. Bring massage table, towels and two pillows Limited numbers. Be quick!

CPE Points

16 CPE Points ATMS Full 2-day CPE points AAMT (pending) At time of writing this workshop is in the process of accreditation for 2 full day CPE points

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