Small and Large Intestine Class Overview

The class offers a visceral manipulation approach to the evaluation and treatment of the small and large intestines. The two organs are similar in form and structure, but differ in their abilities and sensibilities. Therefore the class encourages a manual treatment approach with respect to their similarities, and their differences. It describes the sensory and metabolic activity of the mucosa and the motility movements of the muscles.

The class develops an understanding of the small intestines as an organ that interacts with the outside world: The small intestine is responsible for the metamorphosis of food into blood, and provides a border between the external and internal world. It also plays an important role in immunological tolerance, and resistance.

The large intestines build a ‘colonic frame’ around the more mobile small intestines. The class looks into the dynamics and relationship between the small intestine and the stabilizing framework of the large intestine, and will show the student several different manual craniosacral approaches to help optimize the human abdomen.

Class content

– Applied anatomy of small and large intestines
– Physiology of motility and digestion
– Embryology of the mid-gut, and its development in form and position
– Biomechanics of hollow organs: interaction of wall tension, and luminal pressure
– Immunology and mucosal function: food tolerance and resistance
– Autonomous regulation and enteric nervous system
– Visceral manipulation assessment of the influence of the sympathetic
and parasympathetic nerves on motility and food intake
– Percussion and palpation of intestines
– Visceral manipulation evaluations of elasticity, volume, movement and muscle tone
of the intestines
– Craniosacral and visceral manipulation treatment principles in hypo- and hyperactivity
– Treatment of smooth gut muscles and peritoneal fascia
– Visceral Manipulation treatment in diarrhea and constipation, irritable bowel syndrome,
colitis and Crohn’s disease
– Causes of visceral dysfunction
– Organ character and psycho-morphology in the therapeutic relationship: Curiosity
and fear in therapeutic communication, language and presence in therapeutic touch
– Fundamentals of visceral treatment: Developing the mechanics of the container and
the contained, understanding the psychodynamics of ‘framing and holding’ in the
therapeutic relationship