Visceral Manipulation Therapy


Visceral Manipulation Therapy is a gentle manual therapy that assesses the structural relationships between the viscera (organs), and their fascial or ligamentous attachments to the various systems in the body.  It assists functional and structural imbalances throughout the body including musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous, urogenital, respiratory, digestive, eliminatory, neuroendocrine and lymphatic dysfunction.  Visceral Manipulation locates and solves problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, dissipate the negative effects of stress, enhance mobility of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism. 

Visceral Manipulation is based on the specific placement of soft manual forces to encourage the normal mobility, tone and motion of the viscera and their connective tissues. These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of individual organs, the systems the organs function within, and the structural integrity of the entire body.  Harmony and health exist when motion is free and excursion is full - when motion is not labored, overexcited, depressed, or conflicting with neighboring structures and their mobility. Therapists using Visceral Manipulation assess the dynamic functional actions as well as the somatic structures that perform individual activities. They also evaluate the quality of the somatic structures and their functions in relation to an overall harmonious pattern, with motion serving as the gauge for determining quality.

Due to the delicate and often highly reactive nature of the visceral tissues, gentle force precisely directed reaps the greatest results. As with other methods of manipulation that affect the body deeply, Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work. Because of that, trained therapists can be sure of benefiting the body rather than adding further injury or disorganization.

Visceral Manipulation Therapy can help with many issues such as:


Digestive Disorders:

  • Bloating and Constipation

  • Nausea and Acid Reflux

  • GERD

  • Swallowing Dysfunctions

  • Gal Bladder Function

Pediatric Issues

  • Constipation and Gastritis

  • Persistent Vomiting

  • Vesicoureteral Reflux

  • Infant Colic

For more information about Visceral Manipulation Therapy, please visit the Barral Institute.


"Keri has been my angel and I don’t know what I’d do if I hadn’t found her.  She has been a significant reason I am feeling healthier.     I met Keri at the Loudoun Lyme run, she was so kind and her focus is on helping people with their overall health and wellness.    I knew instantly that she would try her best to help me feel better and she was more than a massage therapist and wanted to help people long term.    Her portfolio of body therapies is amazing to be able to offer health and wellness beyond basic massage.    Originally her massage work helped my stress level and then we added reflexology to help my body start working better.   I was feeling my overall wellbeing improve.  After 2 ER visits for significant abdominal pain, numerous doctor appointments something else was still going on, Keri suggested Visceral massage therapy.    I was a little nervous to try something new but I trust Keri.    Amazing results after the 1st Visceral session, the pain I had for months went away.    This saved me a lot of doctor appointments and additional medical expense.   I’m thankful she had this therapy to offer as it was new to me.  A few months later, I had another abdominal pain, I explained it to Keri and she knew what to do to help it with Visceral, again the pain subsided and I was back to pain free.    I continue to see Keri for all of her massage, reflexology and visceral therapies to feel healthy.    Keri is truly dedicated to helping people and continues to strengthen her offerings of body therapies which sets her far above other massage therapists.   Keri cares about her clients overall well being.    I’m lucky and thankful to call Keri my amazing massage therapist, she has helped me tremendously over the last year, but also that I can call her a friend." C.Z.

"In order to give you an understanding of how Keri helped me, you will need a little background on my situation.  At the time, I was a 37 yr old wife and working mother of two.  Perfectly healthy in my point of view.  I had never had a serious health problem until September 2016 when I found myself in the ER three times with chest pressure and difficulty breathing.  After being misdiagnosed the first two times, they finally got it right and diagnosed me with GERD.  They put me on a prescription medicine that is supposed to shut off the flow of acid in my stomach.   I don't do anything in excess with my diet, i.e. I only drink one 8oz cup of coffee a day, I drink one 8oz cup of grapefruit juice a day, I am only an occasional wine drinker (~1-2 glasses per week), and I try not to overdo the sugar.  These are all items that when you get diagnosed with GERD they tell you to stay away from.  I was also told by the ER doctors to go see a GI specialist  so I did. Unfortunately it took about 3 weeks to get into see that doctor, where he told me to wait another month before I could get the upper endoscopy done to find out what was wrong or if my esophagus had been damaged by my episodes of acid reflux.   I was told to stay on my medication until we knew more from the endoscopy.  Mind you, this entire time I was sleeping sitting up because I couldn't breath laying down, which for me was some form of torture.    While waiting,  I took my mothers advice to go see a Chiropractor.  He told me based on what I was describing I needed to go see Keri and get a visceral massage (I had no idea what that meant).  My symptoms were chest pressure, hard time catching my breath, it felt like something else was occupying my chest cavity besides what was supposed to be there. I was able to get in to see Keri quickly.  She spent 1/2 an hour working on my abdomen and when she finished she said my stomach was up under my rib cage (it's not supposed to be there) and that it wasn't functioning properly so she moved that back into place, there were a few other items she mentioned that basically my stomach was literally "tied in knots", most likely brought on by stress.  She said she put everything back into place and that I should not expect to see results overnight as it will take time for the stomach to remember how to function again.  I scheduled a follow up for 3 weeks later in case it didn't work and I needed her again.  I saw her on a Monday and by Sunday (not even a week later) I was symptom free for the first time since September.  I met with the GI doctor and he said the results of my scope were normal and that I have acid reflux.  He said that I could ween myself off the medication, but would have to avoid those items (coffee, citrus, wine, sugar, etc...) in the future to not have more episodes.  Since I was already feeling better after the massage, I just weened off the medication over the next few weeks and I haven't looked back.  My second visit with Keri confirmed that everything was still right where it should be and made me feel even better about my "issue".  I am happy to say that I haven't had one symptom since a week after first seeing Keri.  I eat and drink those items I was told to give up, I sleep laying down and I haven't been on medicine for one month.  I feel 100% back to normal.  I wish I had known about Keri sooner!  Not only could I have not spent September, October, and November miserable, but I could have saved a ton of time and money.  If I ever find myself in that situation again, I know the first person I'm going to call!   Thanks for what you do Keri!"  -C.D.

"I just started seeing Keri for visceral manipulation.  I have been suffering from digestive issues and Keri was recommended to me.  I immediately felt comfortable with Keri and although I was nervous about having an abdominal massage, it was an amazing experience.  Visceral manipulation is a very gentle procedure and Keri's healing touch made me so relaxed and relieved.  I have been twice and plan to continue and maybe throw in regular massage one of these visits.  I am grateful to have met Keri and look forward to many more sessions together." A.O.

"I can't explain to you the medical science behind the cranial and visceral work that Keri does, but I can attest to the miraculous impact it has had on my body. I have had digestive medical issues since childhood, and it wasn't until Keri worked on me (in my 30s) that I finally had a reasonable explanation for what I deal with on a daily basis. After a few minutes of her working on me, I could internally feel what a properly functioning digestive tract is like! I've seen the same unbelievable results with my son and his migraines (untouchable by anything but Keri!).!" - L.D.

I am so thankful to all my clients for allowing me to serve you  I am humbled by the feedback and accolades I have gotten.  Do you have a story you want to share?  You can email me or submit your story here!