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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 | 2018-11-16T14:30:48-06:00 November 16th, 2018|Fort Collins Massage Service, Health, Visceral Manipulation|Comments Off on Visceral Manipulation/ Organ Mobilization



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 | 2018-07-06T17:04:34-06:00 October 1st, 2012|Health|1 Comment

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 | 2018-07-06T17:06:34-06:00 October 1st, 2012|Health|0 Comments

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 | 2018-07-06T17:08:50-06:00 October 1st, 2012|Health|0 Comments