starts December 26th, 2022

This course is an introduction and overview of foundational principles of visceral osteopathy.  

It is the first course in our Visceral Osteopathy Series and is pre-requisite for participating in the Visceral Osteopathy live course series coming up in Toronto and Montreal in spring 2022 

or the Visceral Osteopathy online course series planned for later in 2022.

You can also take this short course alone if you are simply interested in or are curious about the principles of visceral osteopathy.


 If you wish to learn or review the theoretical foundations of Visceral Osteopathy, this short course is for you.

 Whether you plan to learn how to treat the upper GI tract including the esophagus stomach and diaphragm, or digestive organs of the liver and gallbladder, or plan to learn to treat the lower GI tract including the small intestine and colon, the foundational principles that govern Visceral Osteopathy are necessary for you to learn before you can delve into the specifics of the different digestive regions.


How does this course work?

This course is a theory course with no practical homework.  Each chapter takes you through an explanation of the important principles that govern every aspect of visceral osteopathy treatment.

Like all of our online courses, you can log in and learn at any time.  You also have access to all of the course material for one full year allowing you to review the material again and again as you need to.  

  You will find downloads of important charts and diagrams that you can download throughout the course.  

At the end, there is a d a final online multiple choice quiz. A Certificate of Completion can be requested after successful completion of the course material and a the quiz. 

You will then have the foundations to participate in the Visceral Osteopathy Live or upcoming Online course series.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    INTRO Welcome from author

    • Welcome Your Instructor Maureen Hannah Maher

  • 2

    ch 1 Nature Abhors a Vacuum and Other Interesting Principles

    • Introduction to Chapter 1

    • "Nature abhors a vacuum"

    • The Principle of Volume Pressure

    • Organ Mobility versus Motility

    • Organ Mobility

    • Visceral "Motility"

    • Physiological Conditions that Lead to Organ Dysfunction

    • The Motility Cycle or Phases of Motility

  • 3

    ch 2. The Viscero-Somatic and Somato-Visceral Concept

    • Introduction to chapter 2

    • The Viscero-Somatic / Somato-Visceral Effect

    • The Viscero-Somatic / Somato-Visceral Reflex Chart

    • The Viscero-Somatic / Somato-Visceral Reflex Chart

    • Viscero-Somatic / Somato-Visceral Reflexes According to GI Tract Segments

    • How Viscero-Somatic Reflexes creates Facilitated Segments

    • Physiological Dermatomes of Visceral Dysfunction

    • DOWNLOAD - The Viscero-Somatic / Somato-Visceral Reflex Chart

    • DOWNLOAD - Viscero-Somatic / Somato-Visceral Reflexes According to Gastro Intestinal Tract Segments

  • 4

    ch 3. Examples of Causes of Visceral Organ Dysfunction

    • Introduction to chapter 3

    • Hypotonia - Underfunctioning of the GI Tract

    • Hypertonia - Overfunctioning of the GI Tract

    • Upper, Midddle and Lower Portions of the GI Tracts

  • 5

    ch 4. Other Mechanical Principles that Govern Visceral Mobility and Motility

    • Introduction to chapter 4

    • Acute versus Chronic Visceral States of Dysfunction

    • The Emotional & Psychological Component of Visceral & Digestive Dysfunctions

    • Visc Ch 4 acute versus chronic

  • 6

    ch 5. Goals & Contra Indications to Visceral Osteopathic Treatment

    • Introduction to Chapter 5

    • Goal of Visceral Osteopathic Treatment

    • Working in Collaboration with your Client's Physician or Other Primary Care Practitioner

    • Contraindications and Precautions (Farewell)

  • 7


    • Information about the Quiz and your Certificate of Completion

    • Final Quiz

  • 8

    Claiming CEUs / CPDs

    • Procedure for claiming your Certificate of Completion

  • 9

    About your Instructor

    • Maureen Norah Maher, BA, DO(Qc), DOMP Osteopath Practitioner and Educator

    • How to Contact us

This course starts February 7th, 2022

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About the instructor

Educational Director & Instructor

Maureen Hannah Maher

Since Maureen began teaching, she found that not only does she have a natural gift for it (her parents were both teachers, so let hear it for genetics!), she found that she also holds a great desire to give back to the community and a profession that has been so fulfilling to her, and share over fifteen years of acquired experience and knowledge.   Maureen brings extensive knowledge in Osteopathy  to her educational seminars.  Throughout her career, Maureen has been an accredited member in good standing in several provinces across Canada, as well as overseas, including being an Associate Overseas member of the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) since 2008.  After undergoing accreditation evaluation for foreign trained Osteopaths in Perth, WA, Maureen was offered a practice in one of Singapore's leading Osteopathic Clinics, giving her the distinction of having been the first Canadian trained Osteopath to be approved to practice  in South East Asia.   Right before the worldwide economic collapse, Maureen was offered a position in Shanghai China, which required accreditation with the GOSC, UK, which she underwent, but as prevailing economic conditions worsened, the position was put on hold, and Maureen then settled in Toronto, Canada, where after reluctantly accepting a poorly paid teaching contract, her students began asking her to design courses in more specialized subjects within Osteopathy.  It was not long after that Maureen founded the Center for Continuing Education where she continued to innovate every day!Maureen has collaborated in the curriculum design with various new Osteopathic schools, and teaches continuing education seminars across Canada and Europe.  Her students say that Maureen's teaching style is animated, engaging, but most importantly, informative.  Her gift lies in communicating complex theories in simple terms and analogies.  Her students come away with a clear grasp of Osteopathic concepts for treatment, and practical knowledge of how to apply them.  Students who enroll in any of our continuing education seminars can contact Maureen at any future date with clinical questions.  As a result, many Osteopaths worldwide still consult with her today regarding challenging Osteopathy cases.