“The body will share a lot when you listen.”

As a specialist in visceral manipulation, Dr. Missy Albrecht goes where few wellness practitioners ever go–directly into the abdominal organs.

That’s right, a central part of her work is massaging clients’ internal organs to help them regain natural rotational axis, and free up inhibitions in surrounding soft-tissues. She often works with C-section scarring, GI issues, and disordered eating.

Dr. Albrecht’s insights on the very intimate relationship between organ health, musculoskeletal pain, and mental health might surprise you. However, this is only a part of Albrecht’s Denver-based physical therapy practice.

Albrecht is a doctor of physical therapy specializing in self-care education: giving clients tools to manage care on their own, instead of being dependant upon their PT for regular care. Her aim is to empower clients to maintain their own wellness, and just come back for a tune-up with her as needed, from time to time.

Click the play button below to listen to the full interview with Dr. Albrecht by Tune Up Fitness® blog manager Ariel Kiley. Here you will learn more about healing abdominal issues, understanding body pain, and the importance of enjoying your chocolate cake.

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Anya Taylor

I work with a male client who has low back pain, which he believes is associated with a double hernia repair, with mesh implant. I wonder if rolling the anterior torso with self massage could help him … fascia scar tissue? Organs restricted or stuck from scar tissue? Weakness in core? Visceral masseuse… this entire interview is very interesting… and I am thinking most people are so not in touch with the organs, and so focused on the “outer” body…

Marnie Werner

Thank you so much Dr. Albrecht! That makes so much sense, how the conditions of your environment while your eating can totally wreck the way your body processes that food. If you are in a fight or flight state and rushing to eat your meal, no wonder the body can be very unhappy after eating that meal! Just sitting down, calmly eating a meal without multi-tasking always feels better in my body than checking my email and doing homework at the same time while quickly scarfing down a burrito. Presence can be the best present you can give yourself. Let’s… Read more »

Missy Albrecht

You are so welcome! Well said, always good reminders to pay attention to


Interesting. I would love to take a course on how to massage the abdominal organs using my hands. I have a habit of massaging my abdominal organs with my hands while I am in supported bridge pose at the end of a yoga class. The stretch of the anterior of the trunk makes the organs more accessible to the massage, plus after a yoga class the body is more relaxed to better receive the massage. I definitely recommend giving it a try yogis and yoginis!

Missy Albrecht

Yay you’re already doing it intuitively!

Toni Cupal

Wonderful interview on a critical topic! Thank you so much! As a healing practitioner who focused on the organs I am excited to learn about the work of Dr. Albrecht and the Barral Institute. The interview was also helpful to me in thinking about how to bring nutrition support into my work. Thank you again!

Missy Albrecht

you are so welcome! I’m glad you’re going to dig into the info deeper:)