MA­NIP­U­LATED WELL­NESS

ELLE (Australia) - - Fiction -

Tak­ing our ob­ses­sion with gut health to new depths, lit­er­ally, vis­ceral ma­nip­u­la­tion ther­apy (VMT) is a man­ual ther­apy of the in­ter­nal or­gans, gen­er­ally in the torso where our bod­ies hold emo­tional stress. “Peo­ple of­ten com­plain of neck pain, headaches or a knot­ted stom­ach, but of­ten those mus­cu­lar pains are the price you pay for what’s go­ing on un­der­neath,” says Cheng Poh Tan, a phys­io­ther­a­pist who prac­tises VMT at Physio Fx in Syd­ney. Start­ing with a “lis­ten­ing tech­nique” in­volv­ing light touches to the head, the prac­ti­tioner will

zone in on ar­eas that need more at­ten­tion. “Then we use soft man­ual forces to en­cour­age mo­bil­ity for the or­gan and the area around the or­gan, bring en­ergy to the or­gan and en­cour­age lym­phatic drainage to give the whole or­gan more cir­cu­la­tion,” ex­plains Tan. It’s not painful, although not plea­sur­able ei­ther, but with fans say­ing it can as­sist di­ges­tive is­sues and re­store emo­tional health, ini­tial awk­ward­ness is easy to push past.

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