"Everything in the universe is in motion. Electrons, mountains, the ocean and the human body. The viscera (organs) of the abdomen, pelvis and chest are surrounded by sliding membranes which allows them to move freely in respect to each other. They slide and glide when we walk, eat, laugh and even breath. The diaphragm completes approximately 22,000 movements a day, the heart beats approximately 120,000 times a day, the full stomach produces peristaltic waves every three minutes and the kidneys move 3 cm with each breath. If these action are altered due to any pathology the natural rhythm can change dramatically causing pathologies, tissue changes and restrictions to develop. These restrictions decrease the mobility of the viscera causing further restrictions, scar tissue and eventually functional and systemic problems.Visceral manipulation, or in very simple terms, organ massage, can help decrease these restrictions and pathologies and restore the viscera to its healthy, slippery, mobile self.Half of our lymph system resides in the gut which is why I find it so valuable to combine lymphatic and visceral massage. Removing excess fluids and toxins from the organs and spaces surrounding the organs can restore health and vitality more effectively than one modality alone."
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