Traveling to Ayr used to be an ordeal, but with time I now look forward to the long journey of diverse scents, sounds and sights. I know I’ve arrived as the train passes a beach and my body immediately sinks into a knowing of the little town which shuts at 5 o’clock and the calmness that lies ahead.
Visceral manipulation is now being offered as a separate session in my practice. I will continue using bits and pieces incorporated into other sessions, but people are now welcome to book for a full session to explore their organs and link the mind and the organ’s pathway.
Thermal manual evaluation was the title of the last course I attended. It is yet another tool of diagnosis. Studies have shown that hands can pick up heat discrepancies off the body as well as thermal diagnostic machines. With thermal evaluation, a therapist can locate areas of dis-ease and not necessarily disease. Through that, specificity is very important, and inhibiting several areas will locate the exact organ. By further evaluations, a therapist can identify whether the problem is physical or emotional. If the problem is physical, a visceral manipulation session will be given to the specified organ and its supporting organs. If the issue is an emotional link, the therapist will be able to link brain centers to the organ to reconnect the link. This is all done manually and cannot be compared to organ massage or energy healing.
Visceral manipulation is gentle, but not as soft as cranial. It is deeper and does not need the use of oil, it needs a sound understanding of anatomy and physiology and an ability to feel the direction of pull of the tissues. It is an excellent diagnostic tool which I incorporate into biomechanical assessments, eliminating or including organs in posture analysis and deciphering whether an organ is the cause of a joint injury as they share common connective tissues.
I’m one step away from completing the series, and look forward to repeating them again and again as each time I will learn and understand more. This is a never ending learning process and precision is not a course it’s a journey.
Published by Rawya El Gammal
I started my career in my late teens as a group exercise instructor and PT, then found my calling as a Sports Therapist where I worked with sports injuries and post op cases in the UK and Egypt. I found that people who came in needed support on a multitude of levels other than just return to sport, so I pursued my passion in studying more. Trained as a holistic therapist, hypnotherapy, homeopathy, Australian Bush flowers, then went onto a long journey of training at the Upledger Institute in craniosacral therapy followed by the Barral Institute in Visceral, Neural and articular manipulation. Over the years I developed my own techniques of work, incorporating the array of studies into sessions. A client would come in with complaints ranging from injuries, to random headaches and I'd take the time during a consultation to listen to what they have to say. Then I'd spend the rest of the session listening and assessing the body through biomechanical assessments, joint, visceral, neural etc assessments, listening techniques and by the end of the consultation will discuss with you what my opinion is and options. We'll set up a plan that works for you and take it from there. My intention isn't to keep you coming forever, but to get you up and going as quickly as possible.
In 2000 my masters was on meditation vs exercise on blood pressure. Meditation was one of the things I had incorporated in my daily life since I was in my mid 20's but by the time I had teens, the practice became a little bit of a challenge with all other demands of life. For a series of consecutive years I took my family to a mindfulness retreat, and started reviving that aspect of learning into our lives, went onto to study SER (somatic-emotional release) and it was applied through my manual work practice. 3 years ago, I enrolled in a three year SE course, I'm completing year 3 and am now incorporating the work into my practice which doesn't necessarily require manual work. As an addition to the titles I'm also a life/wellness coach and behaviour change in practice coach in fitness, I added a few more bows to my tie by studying CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy through the Achology institute), NLP and Heart Math.
The combination of all the studies and 30+ years experience in being a therapist helps me help you even more.
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