Visceral Manipulation/ Organ Mobilization

Visceral Manipulation/ Organ Mobilization

What is Visceral Manipulation?

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Visceral Manipulation / Organ Mobilization

Hi guys! I’m excited to share with you a therapy that I am now offering called Visceral Manipulation. It is a gentle and specific manual therapy encouraging normal mobility of the organs and their connective tissue. Yes, I’m saying that I am trained to move and release restrictions (using my hands on your abdomen) on specific organs  in a gentle and painless way.

All of our organs should be able to move freely. When they can slip and slide on each other, they are able to function at their best. Any time we get inflammation in any organ, as it’s going through the healing phase it will adhere to tissues around it and put the organ in a rigid state, which affects how the organ functions. It will also affect blood flow, lymphatic drainage, and nerve conduction of that organ,  as well as the spine, rib cage, neck and shoulders, and low back. For example, frozen shoulder can relate to a nerve irritation stemming from the lungs, chronically cold feet can be related to your small intestine, left sciatica or SI pain can be your sigmoid colon, right medial knee pain  and instability can be related to your large intestine, right shoulder pain can be a restriction in your liver, heart burn and reflux can mean your stomach is sitting too high, and left-sided neck pain could be related to the gallbladder due to the phrenic nerve that runs through it. Visceral manipulation of the inflamed organ can reduce and even eliminate the seemingly unrelated pain and/or digestive issues listed above as well as bring the organ back to fully functional.  This really shows how everything in our body is truly connected.

How do our organs get inflamed?

Our organs can become inflamed from surgery, injuries, whip lash, chronic infections, direct trauma, environmental toxins, heavy metals, emotional stress, diet, and repetitive movement. The interesting thing is that we do not have pain receptors in our actual organs. We feel pain in other areas where nerves and connective tissues relate directly or indirectly to that organ.

Throughout my 17 years as a licensed massage therapist, I have become frustrated seeing chronic pain areas that appear and feel like they should be able to be healed through massage, chiropractic and stretching exercises, only to be discouraged that the problem keeps reappearing.  Visceral Manipulation is the missing link that I have been searching for! I look forward to checking your organs for restrictions and finding out if we can help some of your chronic pain go away for good, as well as bring your organs into balance so you can enjoy more vitality in your everyday life.

You can book a 30 minute Visceral Manipulation session, or add it on to your regular massage session. If you still aren’t sure about it, when you come in for your regular massage, we can discuss VM in your intake and see if it’s something you would like me to spend some of your session time on. Feel free to call me with any questions about Visceral Manipulation. Check this out to learn more about Visceral Manipulation and how it works:

If you do plan for me to check your organs for restrictions, do your best to NOT EAT for 2 hours before your session. This therapy is done best on an empty stomach!

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By |2020-11-16T16:21:52-07:00November 16th, 2018|Fort Collins Massage Service, Health, Visceral Manipulation|Comments Off on Visceral Manipulation/ Organ Mobilization

CBD Infused Massage~ Now Available at Present Moment Massage

CBD Infused Massage

Hi All,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and I’m on track to get back to regular blog posts. Today I am excited to share a new service I am offering.  CBD oil Infused Massage now available at Present Moment Massage in Fort Collins, Colorado.  For only $12 you can add CBD oil to any massage service. I will add this rich salve towards the end of your session to your top 3 specific pain areas. This little extra addition should assist your muscles to full recovery while decreasing inflammation and pain. Massaging the CBD salve into your troubled spots should help reduce that “after-massage” soreness you sometimes get from a deep tissue massage. To book online, go directly to CBD Massage now. I also have a 3 Pack Holiday Specials available for purchase now through Christmas.  Click: Buy 3 CBD Infused One Hour Massages for $213 (Savings of $33)

What’s all the hype about CBD these days, anyway? I don’t believe any one product, oil, or supplement is a cure all. CBDs are definitely something to consider adding to your wellness plan though. There are many great benefits to CBDs aka Cannabinoids. Do your research to see if it may work for you. Many people take CBDs to help with issues such as pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, sleep, and overall brain health.  If you would like to learn more, speak with the knowledgeable owner, Bridget, at Note CBD or check out their website at  Note CBD is a Fort Collins based company that sources their CBD products right here in Colorado with the purest, full-spectrum, phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oil.  Note CBD carries only Non-psychoactive CBD, so don’t worry, you won’t feel any sort of “high” from these oils! Only less pain and more relaxed. I’m not getting paid for advertising. I love to refer local companies that are doing a great service to our community. Yes, I am using Note CBD muscle recovery salve in the CBD Infused Massages offered. Only the best at Present Moment Massage!

By |2020-11-16T16:21:34-07:00December 2nd, 2019|Fort Collins Massage Service, Health|Comments Off on CBD Infused Massage~ Now Available at Present Moment Massage

Pelvic Organs: Visceral Manipulation~Part 2

Pelvic Organs: Visceral Manipulation Part 2

Pelvic Organs: Visceral Manipulation ~ Part 2

If you are reading this and thinking, “What is Visceral Manipulation?’ and/or “part 2 of what?” please go to What Is Visceral Manipulation to read the first introductory article I wrote about a year ago explaining Visceral Manipulation/Organ Mobilization. Jean-Pierre Barral, French Osteopathic Physician who is the one of the founders of Visceral Manipulation, has spent the last 40 years treating patients using specific treatment protocols, documenting and researching through imaging scans and fluroscopy, and helped hundreds of thousands of people to better health who turned to him after years of conventional medicine letting them down.

To quote myself from my previous article, Visceral Manipulation is “a gentle and specific manual therapy encouraging normal mobility of the organs and their connective tissue. Yes, I’m saying that the VM therapist is trained to move and release restrictions (using the hands on your abdomen) of specific organs in a gentle and painless way.” VM is received with the therapists hands on the abdominal region either through a thin layer of clothing or on the surface of the skin. Sometimes one session will make a big change, but most of the time 3 to 5 sessions can help resolve an issue. For the past year I have been doing Visceral work on my clients who have Digestive Issues such as: acid reflux, stomach pain, bloating, constipation, cramping, diverticulitis, and gall bladder removal scar tissue, just to name a few.

In this article I am focusing on Visceral Manipulation (VM) of the Pelvic Organs, as this is the most recent training I have received and the original aspect that got me into wanting to even learn this gentle form of Manual Therapy. All treatments are performed externally by placing my palm on the lower abdomen, sacrum, or adductors of the thighs in a professional and precise way, in order to release adhesions of the ligaments supporting these organs, helping them to function at their best. In my 18 years of massage practice, I have had many female clients struggling with issues such as severe menstrual cramping, pelvic pain, scar tissue from C-sections, and infertility. I’ve always wanted to find a way to help them. When I discovered Barral’s approach to Visceral Manipulation (Organ Mobilization) just over a year ago, I had finally found what I was looking for.

Listed below are the Pelvic Organs and the dis-eases associated with them that Visceral Manipulation can help to resolve or reduce symptoms of:

BLADDER: Visceral Manipulation has a great record for helping cases of Bladder incontinence; as well as those who think of themselves as having a “small bladder,” a.k.a. having to urinate only 20-30 minutes after emptying their bladder, interupting sleep waking up to pee throughout the night, or can’t get through an hour show on Netflix without having to pause it and use the restroom AGAIN!

Women with heavy periods, irregular cycles, fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, painful menstrual cramps, constipation, pelvic heaviness, abdominal swelling, slight knee pain, edema of the connective tissues and C-section scar tissue tension can get amazing relief with Visceral Manipulation. Also, fertility issues (depending on the cause) can sometimes be helped with this hands-on technique. Not in every case, but it doesn’t hurt to try it! Much less expensive than IVF.
*VM should NEVER be received during Pregnancy or on any woman who has an IUD.

Can help ease symptoms of Chronic Prostatitis by reducing the fibrosity in the tissues around the urethra and restore prostate to it’s normal condition.
*VM should NEVER be received during Acute Prostatitis (signs of pain, redness, sensitivity, and fever).

Low back pain~ Premenstrual due to uterus pressure on uterosacral ligament needing to be released and stretched
Inflamed Femoral nerve leg and knee pain/ Sciatica ~ Ovarian area may be congested and fibrosed

If you are still reading, you may be starting to feel your modesty get the best of you. This discomfort with receiving care for the organs of the pelvis needs to be addressed in order for you to get the care you need to help heal your body. Jean-Pierre Barral, D.O. Osteopathic Physician, says it best in his book, “Urogenital Manipulation” so I will quote from Barral, the greatest expert in this field for whom this has been his life’s work. “We view the human body as an organic, functional entity. We were puzzled by the fact that the urogenital system often seems to be viewed differently from other body systems (i.e. largely ignored) by medical professionals and patients alike. One obvious reason for this is culturally programmed ‘modesty.’ The early anatomical texts were written by monks. How did they refer to the urogenital system? As the pudendalis system, i.e., the system to be ashamed of! This stigma remained even as medicine became secularized. Many physicians assumed the role of defenders of morality, and their attitude toward parts of the body having sexual or excretory functions was shaped by prevailing social taboos and inhibitions as much as my practical medical considerations.

The true beneficiaries of these techniques are the women who take advantage of them to feel better and, in some cases, avoid surgery. To us, it makes no sense for a practitioner of manual medicine to deliberately avoid the urogenital area. These tissues are some of the most stressed in the body because of the effects of pregnancy, delivery, menstruation, lumbosacral dysfunction, intestinal problems, lower limb restrictions, psychological / emotional phenomena, etc. As health professionals, we have an obligation to help our patients in whatever way is appropriate.”

I hope you found this article helpful. Feel free to call me (Joanna Dembek LMT) at 970-310-1539 if you have any questions before booking your Visceral Manipulation appointment. Thanks for listening and hope you learned something of value.

To learn more about the benefits of Visceral Manipulation, see the research and case studies, click on this link:

By |2020-11-16T16:21:51-07:00September 18th, 2019|Fort Collins Massage Service, Health, Visceral Manipulation|Comments Off on Pelvic Organs: Visceral Manipulation~Part 2



Have you heard the word mindfulness? What does it mean to you? Mindfulness means “paying attention” or being in the present moment with what is. Not thinking about the past or the future, not being lost in thought. Simply being present with what is occurring in this NOW moment. Wouldn’t that be nice? To not be constantly whirling in stressful thoughts? I have been practicing mindfulness meditation for about 5 years. This practice has influenced my life in such a great way. I now have more focus, more awareness, the ability to communicate more consciously, and much more. Mindfulness creates clarity and an open space for more creativity to flow.

Mindfulness will help one grow in all areas of life. From being aware of brushing my teeth to washing the dishes, cultivating mindfulness makes these seemingly boring activities actually interesting! Pick one activity that you do every day and try being mindful during the process. It could be something such as taking a shower, walking the dog, or petting your cat. When you start this activity, bring awareness to the sensations you feel in the body. Notice thoughts that occur, without judging them, just simply noting that you are having certain types of thoughts, then bringing your attention back to the sensations in the body. Noticing your breathing. Are you breathing? Begin to observe. If you are brushing your teeth, feel the sensation of the brush on your gums. Does it feel soft, tingly, warm? If you are eating, smell and taste every savory flavor in your mouth, and enjoy it!

If you want to reduce stress, achieve greater focus, attention, and be morepresent in your life without drugs, than mindfulness practice is for you. If you are very drawn to this concept of living mindfully, you may be interested in receiving aMINDFUL MASSAGE from me. This is a way to get you more present in your body.

Click here to find out more about MINDFUL MASSAGE.

By |2020-11-16T16:21:54-07:00October 1st, 2012|Health|Comments Off on Mindfulness

Mindful Approach to Living

Mindful Approach to Living


Take 7 minutes out of your busy life to sit and watch this beautiful clip.
Trust me, it’s worth it!

You may learn some valuable wisdom on what it truly means to be mindful in your life, and how wonderful an experience it can be. As you are watching, notice what sort of emotions and thoughts come up. Also, notice the urge to multi-task and try to resist that urge, and just be present with the video.

I’d love to hear your response to the video.

After watching it, if you feel so inclined to share with me what came up for you as your were watching, send me an email to:

I am grateful to be able to share this experience with you.
I hope you get as much from this as I do.

By |2020-11-16T16:21:55-07:00October 1st, 2012|Health|Comments Off on Mindful Approach to Living

Real Food in Schools

Real Food in Schools

(I am sorry if you are receiving this twice. The first one was published by mistake. If you read the first one you would have seen that it was unfinished. This post is the one I meant to send out. Please read on! Thanks!)

Slow Food First Coast is hosting a Time For Lunch POTLUCK to send a message to congress that real food for school lunches is a necessity to make our children healthy.

Slow Food First Coast, the local chapter of Slow Food USA.

Slow Food First Coast is planning an Eat-In, or a public potluck, to draw attention to the need for Congress to pass a better Child Nutrition Act that brings real food to  schools.  Our Eat-In is part of a National Day of Action when thousands of people across the country will share a meal to demonstrate our commitment to getting real food in school lunches.

Florida Agricultural Museum
7900 Old Kings Road
Palm Coast, Florida

Labor Day, September 7, 2009    12-2pm

In a time of escalatiing obesity and diabetes epidemics, our schools are serving children precisely the fast food and junk food that endangers their health.  This year, Congress can give schools the resources to serve REAL FOOD by:

Increasing school lunch reimbursements by $1/child/day in this year’s Child Nutrition Act. Providing real food at school is a down payment on health care reform.

Protect against food that threatens children’s health.

Teach children healthy habits that will last through life.

Join parents, teachers, farmers, and legislators in sending a message to Congress that getting real food in schools is a national priority and it needs to happen NOW!

Visit for more information.

I hope to see you at the Pot Luck! If you can’t make it, the least you can do is go on to the slow food website and sign the petition. If you’d like to go a step farther, write your congressman and tell him you want better food in schools for the health and education of our children.

If you have any questions regarding what to write in the letter or if you just want more information, you can contact me at:

Thanks for your support!

By |2020-11-16T16:21:56-07:00October 1st, 2012|Health|Comments Off on Real Food in Schools
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