Abdominal Massage & What It Can Do for You
The Benefits of Abdominal Massage
There are different types of massages that help you in different ways. One of them is the abdominal massage. Also called a stomach massage, it is a gentle and non-invasive method of helping relieve abdominal issues such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and bloating. Interestingly, abdominal massages also have other health benefits beyond those related to the stomach!
One of the main issues that arise out of increased tension or stress is pressure on the digestive tract, which can lead to constipation or even irritable bowel syndrome. Studies have shown that over a period of time, abdominal massages can help improve your overall digestive system.
An abdominal massage stimulates digestion and helps the colon move waste matter more effectively through your digestive tract.
Many people experience bloating. It is that too-full feeling in your body – your stomach feels tight, and you feel gassy and uncomfortable. Most of us think that this caused by too much eating. You would be surprised to know that that isn’t always the case.
Bloating can be related to other health issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, hemorrhoids or even as a side effect to medication. In fact, cancer patients experience this side effect due to the chemotherapy or other medication they may need.
Stomach massages can be effective in relieving bloating by minimizing waste buildup as well as by helping regulate metabolic function.
Another side effect of stress is that knot in your stomach, when you stomach muscles clench with anxiety or tension. This can lead to not just digestion issues, but also actual stomach pains and gas.
Abdominal massages can very effectively relieve these painful symptoms of stress, thereby reducing your stress levels and increasing relaxation.
Stimulation of Internal Organs
When you get an abdominal massage, it is not just your stomach muscles or your digestive tract that is stimulated. Other organs are also positively impacted by this therapy. Your liver and gall bladder are also stimulated during the massage, making them release and remove waste from your body more effectively.
Added to that, an effective abdominal massage will also improve blood circulation, which will in turn help the vessels circulate blood in your entire abdominal cavity more effectively. This helps improve your overall health.
Tones Abdominal Muscles
Abdominal muscles (along with the back muscles) are the powerhouse of the entire body. They are also known as your core muscles.
All body movements are powered by your torso – when you sit, stand, pick things up, bend over, exercise and so on. They also help regulate internal abdominal pressure, thereby protecting your internal organs, most of which are located in the abdomen.
Toning your abdominal muscles through massage are a great way to help with your posture.
The benefits listed here are just a few of the many! Abdominal massages can also help in relieving menstrual pain, improve organ function, encourage relaxation, release emotional as well as physical tension, remove muscle spasms, and can even relieve tension or pain in your legs, shoulders and hips and help improve posture.
When NOT to Get an Abdominal Massage
There are times when you should not get an abdominal massage, as it can cause more harm than good. Do not get such a massage if you have recently undergone abdominal surgery, are pregnant or have some serious health issues. Please consult your doctor in such cases.
Please avoid eating spicy or heavy food a few hours before and after an abdominal massage.