Learning how to do abdominal massage has many possible benefits. Let's look specifically at massage to help relieve constipation and massage for general relaxation purposes.
Abdominal massage for constipation can help stimulate peristalsis waves in your colon. Peristalsis (movement of an internal organ) helps to 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.
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, although you may want to use more pressure after a few days. 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:
Tuina Massage Video
You can get a professional massage that includes abdominal massage. The following video demonstrates tui na massage techniques for the abdomen.
You have four layers of muscles in your abdomen, and that doesn't include the diaphragm, which lies directly under the rib cage, or the psoas, which is under those four muscles (rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, and tranverse abdominis).
These muscles get tense too! In fact, tense abdominal muscles can contribute to back pain and to problems with abdominal organs (stomach, colon, small intestine, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder).
Massaging the abdomen can improve blood circulation, create space in the abdominal cavity, and release the fascia, allowing organs to lay unrestricted in their natural positions.
The following two videos demonstrate a basic Swedish-based routine for how to do abdominal massage.
When you massage abdominal muscles of another person, be gentle and ask for feedback. The abdomen is a sensitive area for many people. Here are some basic abdomen massage techniques:
In addition to general Swedish massage for the abdomen, two other specialized techniques are available:
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