Massages are a powerful way to improve circulation, remove unwanted toxins and calm the nervous system. I get them all the time I love how refreshed I feel afterwards. Can you relate?
But did you know you can use massage to benefit gut health, too?
The ancient Maya developed a type of massage specifically for the abdomen; other cultures utilize abdominal massage in their healing modalities, too.
The benefits of abdominal massage are the same as a regular massage, though they offer benefits specifically for the digestive system. Whenever I my stomach is feeling sore, crampy, constipated or gassy, I rely on this technique to help relieve pain and get things moving in the right way.
It’s incredibly easy to do. Follow this guide if you’d like to try it yourself:
- Lay down in a comfortable position in a quiet environment. This should be relaxing!
- Move your fingers in clockwise circles up close to the ribs and down to the pelvic bone
- Go slow and don’t apply too much pressure
- It should never be painful
- Using peppermint or lavender oil diluted in a bit of carrier oil (like almond, coconut or jojoba oil) can be extra effective
- It doesn’t have to take long, even 2 minutes is enough to have positive effects
This form of massage ensures a full blood supply to the lower intestine and really stimulates movement and detoxification. This type of self-massage helps with releasing gas and reducing bloating. It also helps to relax the vagus nerve and reduce stress. Stress is one of the worst culprits for poor digestive health so the more ways to decrease it the better.
I use this technique when I lay down in bed to sleep at night and it helps promote long-term gastrointestinal health. I also use it when I do a coffee enema (another digestive health technique I do monthly and sometimes recommend for clients, too. It’s awesome).
Continuing Your Gut Health Journey
I’ll be sharing tips like these plus a ton more than I reserve exclusively for clients in my next Love Your Gut program! If you’re interested in getting healthy, restoring your digestion and boosting your energy, then I’d love to see you in this program! Details here: thrivebyfood.com/love-your-gut.
In this program, you’ll get a ton of delicious and satisfying recipes as well as strategies that will help rebuild your intestinal flora.
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