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The Benefits of Abdominal Massage

Gentle massage with the Mitts will help you to relax and unwind, reduce the tension between viscera (internal organs) and its soothing effect will help reduce painful systems by helping the underlying tissues to relax. Massage with the Mitts increases localised tissue oxygenation, stimulates localised blood flow to help with internal organs and gastrointestinal health and organ function.

Abdominal massage is known to help with constipation, bloating and Irritable Bowl Systems (IBS), but the benefit go far beyond the intestine and it is now considered a valuable treatment in relieving pain from abdominal adhesions, scar tissue and stress.

 

Abdominal Massage can -

  • Improve digestion
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce Viscera (internal organ) connective tissue tension
  • Stimulate peristalsis
  • Alleviate Stress Related bloating and gas
  • Reduce internal tension
  • Reduce pain and tension from scar tissue and adhesions
  • Improve bowl movements and reduce constipation
  • Boosts immune system and gut health
  • Decreases PMS symptoms
  • Improve posture
  • Improve breathing

 

We are moving toward a broader understand of how the body is connected and how localised massage can influence multiple systems and the organs within it.

With abdominal massage we are not only stimulating localised physical responses within the abdominal cavity and viscera, we are also increasing biochemical reactions to improve localised tissue oxygenation, hydration and fluid dynamics. Massage will positively assist internal structures to glide between each other and enhance cell to cell communication.

Internal restrictions to our visceral may impact our global body movements to compromise or trigger malfunctions, congestion, and mobility issues in the whole of our body.

Have you ever thought of how tight abdominal muscles and extra pressure from tissue ‘congestion’ is connected to your breathing? The increased tension would cause a downward pull of our diaphragm to restrict inhalation, or how tight and congested structures in our pelvis will influence our shoulder movements.

 

Our Abdominal-Thoracic Relationship and Abdominal-Pelvic Cavity relationship rely on sliding internal surfaces, flexibility, hormone and chemical production, communication cell to cell and interstitial fluid dynamics.

 

Effective visceral mobility is an essential to our well-being and gentle self-massage is a simple way to improve and support our body to function.

 

Who would have thought that so many organs would benefit from such a simple modest ancient technique of self-massage?

  • Gall bladder
  • Liver
  • Spleen
  • Small and large intestines (Duodenum & Colon)
  • Pancreases
  • Bladder uterus
  • Diaphragm
  • Kidneys
  • Perineum, bladder and female reproductive system
  • Oesophagus and stomach
  • Pleura and lungs
  • Heart

NB. Please remember these techniques are to complement and support your treatments you are receiving from other healthcare professionals and trained therapists, so check with them first before you begin because they may not be suitable for you.

 

Check our contraindications and precautions before you begin.

Other considerations for the abdomen are –

  • Clients with certain gastrointestinal tract disorders or inflammatory intestinal conditions, such as Crohn’s disease, celiac disease and ulcerative colitis, should not receive abdominal massage during flare-ups.
  • During pregnancy in is not usually advisable to massage the stomach, pressure could disturb the foetus. If in doubt check with your healthcare professional. But gentle stroking and effleurage movement could reduce abdominal tension after working, or at the end of a long day and you experience increased abdominal tension. You could also ask to be shown or show the partner a simple massage for the low back, hips and legs to help reduce tired legs and swelling.
  • Oncology patients may find abdominal self-massage very relaxing and it could be an excellent tool for pain relief and relaxation. It is important to remember we do not massage over an active tumour. for more information on Oncology Massage click on the link. 
  • During menstruation not all women find massage a pleasant experience but others find it very helpful to reduce stomach and back aches.

 

How to massage

Abdominal massage can be performed as part of a whole body massage treatment, or as a standalone massage, but if you are massaging abdominal scars from surgery Caesarean (C-section) or hernia operations it is worth considering including upper thigh and hip massage.

 

The techniques applied for stomach massage are quite simple.

A typical procedure goes something like this:

  • Wash your hands before you begin and perhaps have a shower or bath either before if you need one, or after to relax.
  • Gently rub plenty of oil over your abdomen, and other areas you wish to massage. For example hip and chest massage nice complements this massage.
  • Abdominal self-massage can be performed in standing, side-lying or on your back (supine) with your knees slightly bent. Make yourself comfortable!
  • When laying down your head, neck and upper back should be comfortably supported. This help the muscles and internal structure to relax and make it possible to gentle mobilise your stomach and the tissues below.
  • Effleurage/rub the oil over the abdomen, up as far as the rib cage, down around the hips and down as far as the pelvic bones, just don't forget to aply oil to the sides of your body. After applying the oil put the Mitts on, a little oil rubbed on your hands will make it easier to put the Mitts on.

 

  • Gently stroke in a clockwise direction using your whole hand in contact with your stomach. The more nodules on the Mitts that came into contact with the skin the better the Massage. Start from the right inguinal area just above your hip bones. Stroke/ effleurage along the ascending colon, slightly under the rib cage along the transverse colon, then down the descending colon to the left inguinal area; this direction is in keeping with the flow/peristalsis movement to the intestines.

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  • These Stroking movements with alternative hands from the outer borders of the abdomen, stroking clockwise, moving closer towards the umbilicus should be very gentle then providing there is no pain your pressure can be increased to what is comfortable for you.

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  • Wringing strokes both sides (bilateral) from the back and across to the other side, slightly lifting the tissues as you go.                            Front man 11 LI                                img021 6 LI             img021 2 LI
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