ACA Update #6

~ Contents of ACA Update #6 ~

  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 ~

Why is it that each organ is beset with certain strengths and certain weaknesses? Well, it is because of our evolutionary history. If we have a better understanding of that then maybe we can see the validity of eating a certain type of… Dare I say it… Diet.

And why is it that certain diets work for some people but don't work for others? Evolution even provides us with an answer for that question.

Evolution occurs on a species wide level. Evolution is also occurring on an organism level, on an individual level.

We are not as “individual” as we may think. We have our individual set of genetics, and we have our dispositions that our overall evolutionary history has provided us.


~ Embryology, Anatomy & Physiology ~

“The ventricular layer starts to slow down it’s production of neurons and then gives rise to a new cell type; glioblasts. These cells differentiate into the glia of the CNS the astrocytes and oligodendrocytes.Glia provide metabolic and structural support to the neurons of the central nervous system. The last cells produced by the ventricular layer are the ependymal cells; these line the brain ventricles and central canal of the spinal cord. Elaborations of the ependyma are responsible for producing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which fills the brain ventricles, central canal of the spinal cord, and subarachnoid space that surrounds the CNS. The CSF is under pressure and thus provides a fluid jacket that protects and supports the brain.” (Larsen's Human Embryology, 4th Ed)

~ Listening Tips ~

I want to share with you a conversation I had with Alain Coribier regarding GL. His comment to me was; “GL is one way to gather information from the patient's body but it is not the only way”. GL is not a technique that exists in isolation from other valuable means of gathering information.

Take a look at Alain's very helpful book; From Manual Evaluation to General Diagnosis: Assessing Patient Information Before Hands-on Treatment. In this book he outlines numerous ways for gathering information. GL and LL are only two ways, albeit very important ways.

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

Now, as you are getting acquainted with feeling attractions within the brain tissue try to visualize where this attraction is coming from.

Do the following before you look at any anatomy images.

  1. How deep in the brain do you feel the attraction?
  2. Don’t be attached to the idea of being spot on! Play and have fun with this!
  3. Try to come up with a couple qualities of the part of the brain you are feeling.

Once you have committed to a depth and quality open up the anatomy books and see what you are feeling.

Do the qualities you came up make sense?

You will surprise yourself how accurate your hands are.

We will continue exploring the connection between the brain and the organs, and more importantly, how we can improve patient outcomes by enhancing integration between the brain and the organ.

 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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