BENEFITS OF ABDOMINAL MASSAGE
Improve Your Digestive Flow With A Gentle Stomach Massage
What is an Abdominal Massage (Tummy Massage)?
Abdominal massage, also known as a tummy massage or stomach massage has been performed by Ayurvedic practitioners for hundreds of years because it can stimulate certain hormones and also improve the digestive process. The abdomen is home to several important organs that must be working properly to maintain good health. Here’s a close look at how abdominal massage works, and what its key health benefits are.
If you suffer from anxiety and often feel a ‘knot’ in your stomach, you could be a good candidate for an abdominal massage. Abdominal pain, gas and tightens in the stomach area can be the result of stress, anxiety and other conditions, but a regular tummy massage can alleviate this stress and improve overall health.
Abdominal massages are performed using gentle pressure, and involve applying gentle circular motions under the rib cage and clockwise around the center of the stomach. When performed regularly, you will notice an increase in bowel movements and improved posture as your stomach muscles contract and relax into their natural position.
Stomach massages are suitable for a adults, children and infants, and may be especially beneficial to colicky infants because it helps to soothe and relax the digestive system, and also reduces stress.
Health Benefits of Abdominal Massage
Not only can a regular abdominal massage improve digestion, but it can also help to reduce stress, balance the hormones and encourage the natural elimination process. Here are some other health benefits of giving your tummy some love:
Performing a Stomach Massage
A stomach massage can be performed in just a few minutes, but it’s a good idea to spend at least five to ten minutes performing some deep breathing exercises to encourage oxygen flow in your core. After that, you can use a lotion or massage oil to gently release stress in your core, and use your fingers and palm in small, anticlockwise circles around your belly button, then apply firm pressure as you massage in larger circles across your stomach.
Ultimately, an abdominal massage affects your core muscles which are linked to both physical and emotional strength. Have you ever wondered why you feel nauseous or can’t eat properly when you’re stressed? It’s because you’re holding onto the stress and tension in your core. Doing this regularly can lead to stomach cramps, indigestion and a slew of other health problems related to irritable bowel syndrome. Tummy massages and strengthening exercises that help to flatten your abs will help you improve the functioning of your core and help improve health overall.
Sabah Karimi writes on health, fitness and lifestyle for DivaVillage.