ACA Update #5

~ Contents of ACA Update #5 ~

  1. Evolution 
  2. Embryology, Anatomy & Physiology
  3. Listening Tips
  4. Technique Tips


Over the course of this year I want to keep you updated on what's in store for you during my new classes.

A few tidbits to whet your appetite!


~ Evolution ~

So, how does evolution operate in regards to our diets? There are limits to how much we can adapt to certain stressors. Take for example the human stomach, which has adapted over hundreds of thousands of years to accommodate a certain type of diet, to need certain types of foods prepared in certain types of ways.


Today we think that we can simply eat anything we want as long as it doesn't make us "feel bad" and everything is good. But the truth is, our evolutionary history demands that we abide by certain principles. When we attempt to break these principles, cheat on these rules, there can be hell to pay.


~ Embryology, Anatomy & Physiology ~

The various cell types of the nervous system develop from the rhombencephalic region within the ventricular layer of the neural tube. As these cells develop and migrate they create the mantle layer. This layer gives rise the gray matter. Axons sprout from the cells in the mantle layer and give rise to the marginal layer. The marginal layer does not contain any neuronal cell bodies and becomes the white matter is comprised of fatty myelin sheaths wrapping around axons.

~ Listening Tips ~

When first introduced to JP's system of manual therapy in the visceral manipulation courses you CAN walk away with the misunderstanding that general listening (GL) and local listening (LL) comprise the "ultimate meaning of life", so to speak.

Yes, "listening" provides us with a unique and valuable way, a precise way, of observing the body as objectively as possible without the conscious perception of the patient, or the academic paradigm of the practitioner.

No matter what technique we utilize to collect information about the patient's body we manual therapists are always striving to be as objective as possible.

~ Techniques you may want to consider practicing in preparation for these classes~

After you have become acquainted with the process of doing a listening at the patient's brain take time to study anatomical images of the brain, which will increase your sensitivity. Remember, as JP Barral says; “If you can see it you can feel it."

I will have more to say about this over the course of these updates, and within the context of the ACA classes you will have ample opportunity to experiment and play. This will then prepare you for JP Barral's exciting upcoming brain class in 2020.

 Click here for course descriptions, highlights and the "learner objectives" for the first 3 classes 
When was the first class?  December 15-17, 2017 at the Best Western Executive Plus Hotel in Seattle (200 Taylor Ave.).  Sorry if you missed it but I will be offering this again in the near future. Please email Grace and let her know if you are interested.
Email Grace at if you are still not sure and need more information.

The next 3 classes are now scheduled.
To register click on the following links...

Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Gastrointestinal Issues 2 (ACA-CG2)
(Duodenum, Small Intestines, Large Intestines & Rectum)

Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Gastrointestinal Issues 3 (ACA-CG3)
(Pancreas, Spleen & Kidney)

Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Genitourinary Issues (ACA-GU)
(Bladder, Uterus, Ovary, Uterine Tubes, Prostate & Testicals)

Advanced Clinical Applications of Visceral Manipulation for Common Thyro-Pericardial-Pulmonary Issues (ACA-TCP)
(Thyroid, Esophagus, Bronchi & Lungs, Heart & Pericardium)

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