The Thorax (VM4)


28 Mar 2019


31 Mar 2019



65-6258 5031


The Living Well Workshop Co.



SGD 1,300.00
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Less $100 if VM4 + VM5 are taken together

SGD 2,500.00
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3 Pemimpin Drive, #07-02, Lip Hing Buidling, Singapore, 576147

After taking Visceral Manipulation: Abdomen 1 and 2, you’ve become acquainted with the feel of the different abdominal organs and local restrictions. In the Thorax workshop, you’ll take an expanded look at the functional biomechanics of the thoracic cavity. You’ll also explore the relationship between the hard frame and soft frame with its countless articulations for respiration, circulatory requirements and upper body movement patterns.

Course Highlights

  • Explore visceral fascia of the throat and thoracic cavity.
  • Review the anatomy, biomechanics and function of the thoracic organs.
  • Study the biomechanics of the cervical, thoracic, rib cage and shoulder girdle complex.
  • Learn techniques to release the soft tissue components of the thoracic inlet and hyoid apparatus.
  • Practice listening techniques within the thoracic activity.
  • Understand practical integration of the thoracic cavity organs.
  • Learn integration of the thoracic organs with the complex ligament systems of that body region.
  • Discover techniques for differentiating between somatic and visceral causes for thoracic and spinal problems.
  • Special Focus on Pleura, Lungs, Pericardium, Heart, Mediastinum, Thyroid, Trachea, Esophagus, Sternum, Rib Cage and Thoracic Plexuses.


Registration starts at 830am on the first day of class. Daily class hours are from 9am – 530pm. On the last day, we will end by 4pm.


Visceral Manipulation: The Abdomen 2 (VM2)

Advance Preparation

To prepare for the course we suggest that you read The Thorax by Jean-Pierre Barral, RPT, DO.

Below is a list of terms and structures that are important in your preparation for this course. In addition, referencing these terms and structures from good anatomical texts such as the current British Edition of Gray’s Anatomy, Clemente’s Anatomy and/or Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy are highly encouraged.

  1.  Fascial systems of head and neck and thorax (all are outlined in Jean Pierre Barral’s text The Thorax)
    • Superficial
    • Midcervical
    • Deep
    • Clavipectoral
    • Subclavian
    • Pleural
    • Pericardial
  2.  Structures of anterior neck
    • Hyoid (and associated muscles infra and supra)
    • Thyroid cartilage and gland
    • Cricoid cartilage
    • Trachea
  3.  Anatomy, Biomechanics and Function of clavicle, first rib, shoulder and
    thoracic inlet
  4.  Sternoclavicular Joint Ligaments-anterior; posterior; interclavicular
  5.  Ligaments of shoulder
    • Coracoclavicular (conoid, trapezoid)
    • Coracoacromial
    • Coracohumeral
    • Acromioclavicular
  6.  Clavicle
    • Subclavius muscle
    • Costoclavicular ligament
  7.  First Rib-vascular relationships (subclavian artery and vein)
  8.  Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Function of the Sternum
    • Sternochondral joints (7)
    • Costochondral joints (10)
    • Costovertebral joints
    • Costotransverse joints
    • Mechanisms of breathing–muscles of respiration
    • diaphragm
    • external intercostals
    • internal intercostals
    • levatores costorum
    • transversus thoracis
  9.  Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Function of the Pleura and Lungs
    • pleura-parietal; pulmonary
    • lobes of the lungs
    • pleural dome, mediastinal recess, costodiaphragmatic recess
  10.  Thymus-anatomical position and function
  11.  Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Function of the Heart and Pericardium
    • Ligaments of the heart-phrenopericardial; superior sternopericardial;
      inferior sternopericardial; vertebral pericardial
    • Coronary arteries-right coronary; left interventricular
  12.  Anatomy, Biomechanics and Function of the Mediastinum
    • Bronchus (right, left)
    • Trachea topography in thorax
    • Esophagus topography in thorax continuing into abdomen and also initiation
      from C6
    • Cervical
  13.  Plexus
    • Cardiac
    • Celiac
    • Stellate ganglion
  14. Phrenic nerve

Terms & conditions

By registering for this course, the registrant is agreeing to the terms and conditions stated.
Upon registration, $60 non-refundable.
Less than 30 days cancellation, 50% non-refundable.
Less than 2 weeks cancellation, 100% non-refundable.
No refund will be given if you do not complete any part of the 4-day course.
In the unforeseen event that the course is cancelled/postponed, participants have the option to transfer the amount paid to another class or receive a full refund. The Living Well Workshop Co. will not be responsible for any travel expenses incurred by the course participant.