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Training dates to be announced. Please call or email for more information.

Visceral Manipulation - An Osteopathic approach for the entire body.

A 12 month training for healthcare practitioners.

Visceral Manipulation is a modality aimed at treating the cause of most chronic pain and injury conditions. It is a comprehensive, 3- dimensional approach that addresses the often overlooked systems and tissues of the body. It initiates optimal healing that lasts.
  • Learn to gently look, feel and treat deep into the body

  • Gain in-depth understanding of the organs and their interconnections

  • Learn to treat difficult conditions

  • Take the guess work out of knowing where to treat

  • Set yourself apart with these specialized skills

  • Study with a local practitioner who is committed to your learning


Introduction classes for the year long training.

To be announced.

What to expect during the Introduction class:

  • An overview of the work.

  • A demonstration of a session.

  • To practice and experience the work and see how I present the material.

  • Please call or email me to reserve a space and I will confirm your spot in the class. 206-297-3848.

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    Class cost is $80.00. Payment due at time of registration. Must have a license to work on people.

    The format for this training is ten two-day weekends. 140 CEU class hours.

    Prerequisites: A desire to work gently and with low forces, experience with gentle touch therapies is beneficial but not necessary. A license to practice hands-on work in the state you live in along with a current copy of your liability insurance.

    Application process: Download and complete the registration form below. Fax it to 206-922-5511 or e-mail to michaelmhahn@gmail.com. Once received, I will contact you to talk about the details and to make sure the training meets your continuing education goals. It is recommended that you receive a session of Visceral Manipulation from me to gain a deeper understanding of the work prior to enrolling in the training.

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    Class Cost:

    Early registration. More than 30 days before the start date.

    Deposit of $500.00 due to reserve your space in the program. Ten additional payments of $320.00 due one week before classes 1 through 10. Total for the year is $3700, which equals $185.00 per day for 20 days.

    Registering within 30 days of start date.

    Deposit of $500.00 due to reserve your space in the program. Ten additional payments of $350.00 due one week before classes 1 through 10. Total for the year is $4000, which equals $200.00 per day for 20 days.

    Payment policies listed on downloadable registration form above.

    Class Dates:

    To be announced. Please call or email for more information.

    Class Hours: Saturdays 9:00am - 5:00pm. Sundays 9:00am - 5:00pm

    Overview of the work:

    Visceral Manipulation - Not just a treatment for the organs, but a comprehensive treatment for the whole body.
    In my experience the Osteopathic work of Visceral Manipulation is a modality that is extremely effective at getting to the root of most challenging chronic pain and injury conditions. It is an effective treatment for: TMJ issues, headaches, whiplash, back pain, recovery from surgeries, head injuries and repetitive strain injuries to name a few.

    Visceral Manipulation treats more than just the organs, when practiced in its comprehensive form, practitioners treat all the tissues of the body including but not limited to: nerves, arteries, bones, joints, the cranium and of course organs. Multiple assessments guide the practitioner to the exact areas to be treated. This process alone saves time, makes sessions more efficient and takes the guess work out of where to work. Once the area to treat has been established, Functional Methods are used to treat the tissues. Functional Methods are gentle, low force interventions effective beyond expectation. A tenant of Osteopathy is to offer the least amount of force to initiate the greatest amount of positive change.

    The flow of a Visceral session looks like this: the initial assessments are made with the client dressed and standing. Once the area to treat has been determined, the client is treated on a table using one of the many Functional Techniques. This process is repeated between five to fifteen times until the assessments determine the session is complete. During a session ROM can be checked pre and post individual treatments; this helps both the practitioner and the client recognize the dramatic changes that take place from this unique and potent style of work. With Visceral Manipulation you will always know exactly where to work and when to end the sessions, avoiding any chance of over treatment.

    Visceral Manipulation can be used as a stand alone practice or folded into other modalities. The more anatomy you know and continue to learn the deeper the practice takes you. The visceral assessment and treatment strategies are applied to the cranium as well, so if you have cranial experience this approach will add a new perspective to your work. It is gentle on both you and your clients, so you can work with greater ease, see more clients comfortably in a day and have a long, healthy career.

    The work continues to reveal itself session after session, like packets of information opening to you every time you practice. It truly is an infinite gift always awaiting the gaze of your hands. With a curious mind and a commitment to the work, a refinement is available that offers astonishing results, day after day.

    The development of Visceral Manipulation: Jean-Pierre Barral, developer of Visceral Manipulation is a brilliant and creative pioneer in the field of Osteopathy who continues to quickly advance this work. Originally trained as a physical therapist and searching for more resources he entered the European School of Osteopathy, graduating in 1975. Looking deeper into the anatomy of the organs, especially the abdomen, he began to realize the important role that the membranes and ligaments played in the health and comfort of the body. This exploration led to years of practice and the development of Visceral Manipulation. Jean-Pierre Barral has combined amazing assessment techniques with the best of Osteopathic manipulation.

    Class Format:

    This year long training is designed to offer you the required support so you can learn the work at a high level, build a solid foundation in Visceral Manipulation and complete this program with the skills, practice and experience necessary to continue advancing the work for years to come. Each two day training includes learning listening assessment skills and Functional Method treatment techniques. There will be demonstrations of the work so you can see what full sessions look and feel like, this will help you understand the trajectory and nature of the work. To learn anatomy we will have power point demonstrations followed by hands on palpation. Skills and concepts will be presented for integrating this work into your existing practices.

    Many manual therapy classes can be hard on your body due to receiving so much practice work that is not needed for you at that time. To negate and neutralize the effects of this we will finish each day actually treating each other based on what is needed for you, basically offering each participant a mini Visceral Manipulation session. My experience shows that this helps integrate the body and relieve the stress imposed on it from the practice work during the day, actually helping your body and not placing strain on it.

    I am available to answer questions throughout the training to help support your learning.

    Class Location

    The class is held at a beautiful, spacious and extremely comfortable location in Seattle, WA.

    Material covered each class: (The order in which material will be taught is subject to change)

    Class 1: TBA

    Overview: This class creates a foundation for learning Visceral Manipulation assessment techniques and hands-on Functional Methods, both at the core of the work. During these 2 days you will observe a Visceral Manipulation session and have supervised time to practice the assessment and treatment techniques. Strategies for integrating the work into your existing practice will be covered. At the end of this first weekend you will have the basic foundation in place to start practicing the work at the beginning levels. Each additional class will bring a deeper clarity and understanding to the assessments, treatments and knowledge of functional anatomy.

    Techniques covered: You will learn forms of General & Local Listening assessments, energetic muscle testing and layered listening. These methods will allow you to quickly determine the most fruitful places to work, helping to take the guesswork out of your sessions. The functional method taught in this class is called listen and follow, it will be combined with the concept of a first barrier release.

    Anatomy covered: Overview of the organs.

    Class 2: TBA

    Overview: We will review material taught during the 1st weekend and begin adding these techniques to specific anatomy. Treatments will be applied to the esophagus, stomach and spleen along with their attaching ligaments.

    Techniques covered: Continued review and deepening of assessment and treatment methods. Organ motility induction will be introduced. This is a treatment that improves the inherent embryological movement pattern of an organ.

    Anatomy covered: Esophagus, stomach and spleen and their attaching ligaments.

    Class 3: TBA

    Overview: Review and integration of material learned to date. Techniques and anatomy for working with the greater omentum, liver and gallbladder along with the hiatal hernia protocol.

    Techniques covered: Functional Method based on the concept of working with tissues in the direction of effort stopping at 1st barriers. Exploring the concept of long levers and short levers.

    Anatomy covered: Reviewing stomach and esophagus to apply hiatal hernia protocol, greater omentum, liver and gall bladder.

    Class 4: TBA

    Overview: Review and integration of material learned to date. Techniques and anatomy taught for working with the duodenum, small intestines and the digestive sphincters.

    Techniques covered: Functional Method based on the concept of working with tissues in the direction of ease stopping at 1st barriers.

    Anatomy covered: Duodenum, small intestines digestive sphincter protocols and cecum.

    Class 5: TBA

    Overview: Review and integration of material learned to date. Techniques and anatomy taught for working with the ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon. Explore dural tube mechanics and techniques for assessing and treating dural tube restrictions.

    Techniques covered: Review and integration of Functional Methods. Working with direction of ease and effort in a mixed mode.

    Anatomy covered: Ascending colon, transverse colon, descending colon and sigmoid colon. Also, dural tube and facet joint anatomy and techniques. Study attaching ligaments and membranes.

    Class 6: TBA

    Overview: Review and integration of material learned to date. Techniques and anatomy taught for working with the ribcage, heart and lungs along with their attaching ligaments and membranes.

    Techniques covered: Review and integration of Functional Methods. Introduction of centralizing technique.

    Anatomy covered: Ribcage, lungs, heart.

    Class 7: TBA

    Overview: Review and integration of material learned to date. Techniques and anatomy taught for working with pelvic bones and ligaments, kidneys and ureters.

    Techniques covered: Review and integration of Functional Methods. Introduction of recoil technique for working with bones and other select areas.

    Anatomy covered: Bones of the pelvis, kidneys, ureters and their attaching ligaments and membranes.

    Class 8: TBA

    Overview: Review and integration of material learned to date. Techniques and anatomy taught for working with the bladder, rectum, ovaries, prostate and their connecting ligaments and membranes.

    Techniques covered: Review and integration of Functional Methods. We will focus on integration of all techniques learned to date.

    Anatomy covered: Bladder, ovaries, uterus, prostate and rectum along with their connecting ligaments and membranes.

    Class 9: TBA

    Overview: Review and integration of material learned to date. Techniques and anatomy taught for working with the nervous system. We will focus on spinal nerves, nerve plexuses, phrenic and vagus nerves to the heart, lungs and digestive organs. Nerves to upper and lower extremities.

    Techniques covered: Review and integration of Functional Methods. Introduction to flossing, a technique well suited for working with nerves.

    Anatomy covered: Spinal nerves, nerve plexuses, nerves to extremities, phrenic and vagus nerves.

    Class 10: TBA

    Overview: Review and integration of material learned to date. Techniques and anatomy taught for working with the circulatory system. We will focus on the aorta, carotid and vertebral arteries, arteries to extremities.

    Techniques covered: Review and integration of Functional Methods using all techniques learned in varying combinations to treat the arteries.

    Anatomy covered: Aorta, carotid and vertebral arteries, femoral arteries and brachial arteries.

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    Testimonials about Michael's Teaching

    "Michael Hahn possesses the rare gift of being both an outstanding practitioner and a gifted teacher. His year-long Visceral Manipulation class is rich, thorough, and thoughtfully paced, and should appeal to those who desire to address the roots of their clients’ conditions. It challenges even the most experienced practitioners by presenting an approach to body work that is precise in its attention to deep anatomy, subtle in its techniques, and profoundly effective for clients.

    Michael’s teaching style is organized but flexible with time for questions and individual attention. In this intimate class setting, Michael clearly presents material with visual graphics and hands on demonstrations. Unique to his format is the opportunity to watch him treat a client through a full session each weekend of the course. Watching Michael work is informative and inspiring, demonstrating the profound changes possible in a single session where the primary restrictions in the client’s body are addressed, rather than the symptoms.

    More than any other, this class has enriched and altered my practice, informing my touch whether I am treating with visceral manipulation, integrating visceral manipulation into my session, or doing deep tissue massage. My understanding of anatomy is deeper, my touch more perceptive, and my clients’ results more potent. I strongly recommend Michael’s class to practitioners who wish to distinguish themselves by addressing their clients’ issues more effectively and directly." Merey Grearson Olympia, WA

    "Michael Hahn is a highly skilled practitioner and a gifted teacher. He has an ability to make difficult concepts seem very simple. His visceral manipulation course has been nothing short of career-changing for me. The course has fundamentally changed my understanding of where and how mobility problems occur in the body, and how those problems get resolved. I am proud to recommend it to any body-worker interested in improving patient outcomes." Jeff Harvie - Physiotherapist

    "Michael Hahn's Visceral Manipulation course is top notch. His teaching style is clear, thorough, and well paced. Michael has a way of presenting very complex concepts and making them practical and easy to work with. The work itself is truly magical. As a Hellerwork Practitioner I am always looking for techniques to move my clients further along the path to health and healing. Using Visceral Manipulation, I get profound long lasting results with my clients. I give this class my highest recommendation!" Joseph Hunton - Hellerwork Practitioner

    "In two words I was "blown away". I have never taken a multi-day course in which the material was so thoroughly prepared and presented with careful attention to the ability of the students to understand and absorb the material. " Doug Rognlie, Seattle, WA

    "This amazing training offers both a powerful way to engage with anatomy and a vital perspective on the etiology of pain in the body. Michael is a gifted teacher; able to make complex information clear, enjoyable and immediately available." Beverly B.

    "A great continuing education class offering a clear refresher of anatomy while learning powerful new skills. I feel I am ready to integrate this into my practice tomorrow and my body has made great changes after two days of receiving this work."

    "This is by far the best class I have taken to date. The material is presented with time to digest and practice before the brain is refilled again. The techniques carry over to more traditional massage modalities and the overall premise reminds you to slow down and listen to the body while the assessments show you what is wrong and guide you to making the changes it needs. Thank you so much for enlightening me in a style of healing with such potential." C.M. Rochester, WA

    "I thought I knew deep tissue work but this class gave me another level of clarity and intention. The work is easy to deliver and has profound results."

    "The information is clear and concise. I appreciate Michael's gentle nature and the way he encourages us to take our time with our clients."

    "The classes are very informative and easily digestible. I could use the information in my practice the next day."

    "This class offers massage therapists another way to think "outside the box"."

    "Michael's enthusiasm was awesome, the information was presented clearly and his knowledge of anatomy was great."

    "The less I worked (forced) and the slower I went, the more dramatic the response. Now I can work until I'm 70!"

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