Abdominal massages are still relatively less known than back, shoulder, or foot massages, but it’s a very restorative, non-invasive and healing practice that has shown numerous benefits for individuals who choose a holistic approach to wellbeing.
Just like massaging any other part of your body, an abdominal massage improves circulation by bringing fresh oxygenated blood towards the stomach area, thus improving the function of the digestive, reproductive, lymphatic, and immune system.
Some of the benefits of regular abdominal massage include:
1. Boost in your immune system as massage oxygenates the gut, where the center of your immune system is located.
2. Decreased gastrointestinal symptoms, such as constipation, bloating or stomach pain.
3. Decreased PMS symptoms (including cramps, water retention, and distress) when massaged before your period.
4. Relieves headaches/migraines.
You can give yourself an abdominal massage or visit a massage therapist for a session. You may benefit from the effects of abdominal massage after 5 to 20 minutes of massage per day.
To give yourself an abdominal massage follow these steps:
· Lie down, facing up, with your knees bent.
· Place your hands on your lower belly and notice how your abdomen moves as you inhale and exhale.
· With one hand on top of the other start to move your hands in a clockwise direction around your belly. While you do this continue to breathe deeply. Add more or less pressure, so that it feels good for you. You can use oils such as almond, castor, or coconut oil to do this.
Be sure to talk to your doctor before getting an abdominal massage if you are pregnant, just had surgery, or have any health concerns.