Our digestive system is very complex and has many various functions. Digestion problems such as constipation, irritable bowel and indigestion are usually caused by stress, bad diet, lack of water intake or exercise. Massage therapy of the abdomen is a highly effective treatment for these ailments.
Stress can manifest itself as a physical condition in the tummy area. Gentle massage of the abdomen is a highly effective treatment for any disorders this causes, as it comforts and relaxes the abdominal area and relieves mild disorders and discomfort.
When we feel tense our abdominal muscles tighten in order to help alleviate the experience of painful and uncomfortable feelings, which in turn hamper regular breathing. If we are unable to control these emotions they result in physical problems including the digestive system. Massaging the abdomen restores regular breathing, by allowing the muscles to expand and relax which restores normality to the region.
Massage of the abdomen should be performed using light, soft, slow movements as this area is very sensitive and responds better to a gentle massage. The movements should be done in a clockwise direction to encourage digestion and bowel movements. If done regularly the chronic pain you feel from indigestion and constipation will gradually decrease and your bowel movements will become regular.
However if the problem persists you should consult the doctor as there may be an underlying problem.
The secret of a good abdominal massage is to use simple movements, use ample oil and repeat the movements until the person is relaxed. After a massage a hot water bottle helps to keep muscles relaxed. Always ensure you do not massage the area for at least an hour after they have eaten a meal.
There are various oils that are good to use for abdominal massage. Peppermint and Rosemary oil helps all digestive problems especially nausea and constipation. Chamomile and mandarin work well for conditions such as irritable bowel and diarrhoea.
Advice for improving your digestive system:
1. Regular abdominal massage
2. Healthy diet
3. Drink plenty of water and peppermint tea
4. Avoid stress if possible
5. Prolonged use of laxatives make a lazy bowel
6. Pushing your knees up towards the abdomen helps relieve tight muscles
7. Practice regular deep breathing to help relaxation
If you are able to follow the advice listed, together with having regular abdominal massages, your digestive system will improve and the digestion problems you experience will gradually be a thing of the past.Our digestive system is very complex and has many various functions. Digestion problems such as constipation, irritable bowel and indigestion are usually caused by stress, bad diet, lack of water intake or exercise. Massage therapy of the abdomen is a highly effective treatment for these ailments.