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Abdominal Massage For Constipation Relief

Person Receiving Abdominal Massage for Constipation

You can use abdominal massage for constipation relief. Massage can help stimulate peristalsis waves in your colon. Peristalsis (movement of an internal organ) helps move the stagnant fecal matter out of your colon.

Caution: If you have undiagnosed abdominal pain or any conditions affecting abdominal organs, do NOT massage your abdomen without the OK of your healthcare provider.

Colon Self-Massage

For the best leverage, lie down to do the following abdominal massage for constipation. You could also stand in the shower and use a soapy solution for glide over your belly.

Take three to five minutes to do this massage. Notice if any areas feel slightly painful or tender. At first, use gentle pressure. After a few days you may want to use more pressure. If you have tender or slightly painful areas, the discomfort will probably decrease with daily massages.

Important: If you have deep or persistent pain, STOP the massage. If the pain continues, consult a healthcare provider.

Massage for constipation:

  1. Start on the right side of your colon, near the leg crease. Use small circular movements or short strokes to massage upward to the bottom of the rib cage. 
  2. Massage diagonally down from the rib cage to the left until you are just below your belly button. 
  3. Massage diagonally up to the left until you reach your left outer rib cage.
  4. Massage downward until reach your left leg crease.

Here's a video demonstrating self-massage for constipation:

Essential Oils For Constipation

You can also use essential oil blends as part of the massage. Here are two blends from The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy:

  • 15 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil


  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 3 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 3 drops coriander essential oil
  • 2 drops cardamom essential oil


  • 15 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 5 drops orange essential oil
  • 5 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 5 drops cardamom essential oil
  1. Blend the essential oils in a small bottle with a cap.
  2. For one ab massage, add 3 to 5 drops of the blend to one teaspoon carrier oil or aloe vera gel.

Note: If these essential oils are new for you, test a small patch of skin to make sure you're not sensitive to anything.

Preventing Constipation

To help prevent constipation, eat the recommended 25 grams or more of fiber each day (the average American eats only half that much) and drink lots of water. Whole grains, beans, and most vegetables and fruits are good sources of fiber. If needed, take a fiber supplement. If you haven't been eating much fiber, add it slowly to reduce side effects such as gas.

Also, be aware some medications can cause constipation, as can some supplements (such as iron). Taking magnesium can help relieve constipation (or even cause loose stools). Seeking professional advice is a good idea.

Tuina Abdominal Massage For Constipation Video

You can also get a professional massage that includes abdominal massage. The following video demonstrates tuina massage techniques for the abdomen.

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