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What is Visceral Synergy?
Visceral Synergy is a truly unique blend of naturopathic medicine, and visceral manipulation.
What is Naturopathic Medicine & Visceral Manipulation?
Naturopathic medicine is a personalized approach to health care that focuses on prevention, as well as uncovering underlying causes of the symptoms that are plaguing you.
Naturopathic medicine may help with the following:
Hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances.
Oxidation-reduction imbalances and mitochondropathy. Detoxification and biotransformational imbalances.
Digestive, absorptive, and microbiological imbalances.
Structural imbalances from cellular membrane function to the musculoskeletal system.
Visceral manipulation is a unique and special form of gentle manual therapy that addresses the visceral (organ) systems in the body and works with your own body’s ability to heal itself and achieve balance. For this reason, the goal of VM is not to “fix” something, but rather to help your body, with all of its ancient wisdom, to heal itself.
The function of the viscera relies upon interdependent movements that occur within and around all the organs. Due to the fascial and neurological connections between organs and the musculoskeletal system, the symptoms of visceral immobility or dysfunction can often be a musculoskeletal complaint. You are a web of interconnected tissues and each one of your organs relies upon interdependent movements that occur within and around all other organs. When you have an adhesion between two tissues or organs, there is a lack of free movement.
A few examples are as follows:
Important Details About Your First Session
Your first session with Dr. Mariotti will be a comprehensive and personalized assessment of your health concerns combining both naturopathic medicine and visceral manipulation. For this reason, it is important for you to have all of your intake forms completely filled out prior to your appointment.
Please be aware that if you do not arrive at your appointment with your intake forms completely filled out, your appointment will be rescheduled, and the $580 pre-paid fee will be used for the “missed appointment”. As the intake forms are quite lengthy, please do not wait until the day of the session to fill out these forms.
The first office visit will last about 1.5 hours.
What to Expect from Visceral Manipulation
The goal of visceral manipulation is to improve the mobility of your organs, which is directly correlated with the function of those organs. As Jean-Pierre Barral (the developer of Visceral Manipulation) says; “An organ in good function has physiological motion.”
Please be aware, the goal of visceral manipulation is not remove adhesions. If you are suffering from visceral adhesions, as a natural consequence of optimum organ mobility these adhesions will, over time become inconsequential.
The most effective and efficient way of achieving the goal of visceral manipulation is to maintain a singular focus on delivering a clear message to the body, as well as between the organs and the brain. For this reason, less is more with this kind of treatment. Simply spending extra time doing more things, and more treatment does not ultimately achieve the goal of optimum health and wellness.
The frequency of treatment, and spacing between treatment sessions is dependent on numerous factors:
How to Prepare for your VM Session
Please bring a pair of loose-fitting gym clothes or loose sweatpants and a comfortable T-shirt to change into for your session. Please do not wear tight yoga pants. For females, please refrain from wearing a bra (underwire or sports bra), as these types of tight-fitting garments can make it more difficult for me to evaluate subtle patterns of restriction that may, in fact, be the case of your symptoms for which you are seeking my services.
Please do not apply any lotion to your abdomen on the morning of your appointment, as this will make it more difficult for me to treat the abdominal organs. If this turns out to be the location, I will need to work.
What is a Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA)?
During your first office visit we will conduct a Bioimpedance Analysis (BIA), which is an economical and reproducible in-office test, which is sensitive to changes in tissue and fluid status.
The BIA also provides a useful, cost-effective tool to monitor the effectiveness of therapeutic lifestyle changes. In general, increases in phase angle, impedance index, and intracellular water are associated with improved health. Declines in body fat and extracellular water are also associated with improved health. That being said, although rare, it is possible to have too little body fat.
Although a valuable tool, the BIA cannot be used to rule out any specific disease. It is simply an indicator of health at the very basic level of cell membranes, intracellular and extracellular water compartments, and body composition, such as the percentage of body fat versus the percentage of fat-free mass, such as muscle.
In preparation for you BIA (to ensure an accurate reading) please abide by the following guidelines: