Visceral – Stomach and Duodenum – 2017 Class Overview

This class offers a manual approach to the craniosacral diagnosis and treatment of the stomach and duodenum, as functional unit. In addition, the influence of the stomach on breathing, on the cervical spine, and the importance of the duodenum for the symmetry and stability of the lumbar spine are discussed. Palpation of healthy physiology and visceral manipulation treatment options for common diseases are discussed.

The class investigates the organs of the upper abdomen, stomach and duodenum.
The stomach is the lobby of the intestinal tract, the duodenum forms the beginning of the small intestine. The stomach allows for large accumulations and responds to large meals with a relaxation. It extends its volume, then contracts to mix and crush the food. The food is then passed on to the duodenum, where the metamorphosis and absorption of nutrients starts. As the duodenum can only accommodate small and well-prepared portions from the stomach, the duodenum regulates the mixing and emptying of the stomach. Compared to the volumetric extensions of the stomach the duodenum stays narrow and small. The stomach responds to “how” and “how much” we eat, the duodenum reacts to “what” we eat. Both respond to how we feel, and contribute to how we feel.


– Applied anatomy and physiology
– Embryology of the foregut: development of form and position
– Volumetric changes of the stomach: filling and emptying
– Digestive activity and stability of the duodenum
– Visceral manipulation approaches to the percussion of the stomach
– Palpation: elasticity, volume and muscle tone
– Visceral manipulation treatment of hypoactivity and hyperactivity
– Visceral manipulation treatment of reflux and stomach disorders
– Visceral manipulation treatment of duodenal hyperactivity
– Assessing the role of sphincters
– Visceral manipulation treatment of the pylorus and the Sphincter of Oddi
– Food and addiction, eating disorders
– The stomach and the duodenum in the therapeutic relationship
– Organ character and psycho-morphology: expanding and relaxing under stress
– Fundamentals of visceral treatment: Inhibition and provocations tests regarding
position, volume, elasticity, muscle tension. Assessing compensation and adaptation.