Kinetic Fascial Release
Helping you achieve your optimal health

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"The visceral system relies on the interconnected synchronicity between the motions of all the organs and structures of the body. At optimal health, this harmonious relationship remains stable despite the body's endless varieties of motion. But when one organ cannot move in harmony with its viscera due to abnormal tone, adhesions or displacement, it works against the body's other organs and muscular membranous, fascial and osseous structures. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal points of tension that the body is forced to move around. And that chronic irritation, in turn, paves the way for disease and dysfunction."


--Dr. Jean-Pierre Barral



"'Viscera' relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver, kidneys, and intestines. Visceral Manipulation is a very gentle manual therapy that aids your body's ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. Visceral Manipulation does not focus solely on the site of pain or the source of the problem. The therapist feels for altered or decreased motion within the viscera, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies Visceral Manipulation techniques. Therapy re-establishes the body's ability to adapt and restore itself to health.


"Jean-Pierre Barral is an Osteopath and registered physical therapist from France. He first became interested in the movement of the body while working at the Lung Disease Hospital in Grenoble, France. Barral was able to follow the patterns of stress in the tissues of cadavers as he studied biomechanics in living subjects. This introduced him to the visceral system, its potential to promote lines tension within the body, and the notion that tissues have memory. Barral's clinical work with the viscera led to his development of this form of manual therapy that focuses on the internal organs, their fascial environment, and the potential influence on structural and physiological dysfunctions. He named this therapy Visceral Manipulation."


-quoted from Barral's Discover Visceral Manipulation pamphlet


Wayne Pinel and Sophie Ravailhe have been studying and practicing Jean-Pierre's extremely gentle and very anatomically specific work for eighteen and ten years respectively.


Dr Barral's comprehensive research has found visceral manipulation beneficial for:

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Post surgical scars/adhesions
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Digestive problems
  • Incontinence
  • Back and hip Pain
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Motor Vehicle injuries, especially with airbag and seatbelt related injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel/Repeatitive Strain Injuries
  • Whiplash/Physical Trauma
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2011 Kinetic Fascial Release
Updated 22 July 2011