Whilst visceral manipulation may not sound like a kind of massage, but it is a type of massage therapy, and it’s been used for thousands of years. There is evidence of visceral manipulation in Mayan history, and in fact the therapy is still practiced in South America today.

The practice of visceral manipulation involves an actual intense manipulation of not only the abdominal muscles, but also the internal organs located there, including the heart, liver, small intestines, and large intestines. Traditionally this therapy was used to relieve stress, both mental and physical, and release built up emotions after particularly traumatic events, such as a death in the family.

As medicine advanced over time, visceral manipulation was left behind, until it was brought to America. Thanks to those practitioners who have continued using the therapy, it is widely available as an alternative therapy for a range of conditions today. Whilst people have mixed reactions to the therapy, with some experiencing a huge release of emotions and others experiencing nothing, what can be agreed upon is the physical effect of the therapy.

The therapy prompts the release of the ‘feel good’ hormone, also known as serotonin, which has been linked with increased healing speed, improved mood, tension relief, increased virility in men, and the release of any blockages within the small or large intestines. Some people may not feel as though they have any blockages, emotional or physical, but by having visceral manipulation therapy they may find that in fact they were holding onto their emotions, or experience the release of a physical blockage, making them feel much better in every way. Check back on Beauty 4 Less soon to learn even more about masage techniques.