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Most of your body's organs are situated in your stomach controlling the various systems of the body. Abdominal massage provides relief from ailments such as digestive problems, endometriosis and menstrual problems.
When you become tense or anxious tension is stored in your stomach and when this happens you may become constipated or have diarrhoea. A stomach massage is beneficial for constipation as it stimulates the peristalsis of the small intestines, tones up the muscles of the abdomen walls and eliminates the contents of both large and small intestines.
Endometriosis is a fairly common condition found in women where small pieces of tissue (endometrium) that grows every month on the inside of the womb is found growing outside the womb, in the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bowel, bladder, vagina or rectum which can cause severe pain in the lower abdomen.
When you have an attack of endometriosis, painful spasms occur in the muscles of the lower back, pelvis or lower abdomen. These spasms can cause muscular tension in the abdomen and pelvic region. You may also experience pain during sex, painful bowel movements, bladder problems and menstrual cycle problems. Usually, when a woman reaches the menopause the symptoms disappear.
Abdominal massage manipulates these muscles, thus reducing muscle spasms and also relaxes the ligaments and tendons. The correct therapeutic abdominal massage helps to alleviate pelvic congestion by encouraging relaxation which relieves and decreases the discomfort and pain felt by this condition and your state of wellbeing is improved.
During their menstrual cycle, women experience cramp like spasms in their lower abdomen. These can be eased by keeping the abdomen warm, taking exercise and gently massaging the region with light smooth strokes as you feel bloated and tender at this time of the month. Post Menstrual Tension and period pain are not ailments but part of nature and are incurable, so being pampered with an abdominal massage when you are experiencing this pain makes you feel better.
The benefits of an abdominal massage are:
1. Helps indigestion and constipation
2. Improves blood circulation in this area
3. Tones and strengthens stomach muscles
4. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Abdominal massage is best done about two hours after a meal to improve digestion but should not be done directly after a heavy meal. Always empty your bladder first.
Your abdomen is the least protected area of your body as well as being one of the softest. For this reason alone, the benefits of a really relaxing abdominal massage are immense and it is very easy to do as well!
Caution: Always ensure the receiver does not have any serious stomach conditions such as cancer, ulcers, gall stones, kidney problems, a heart condition, high blood pressure, or pregnant before you massage their abdomen.
Note that not everyone likes or feels comfortable with having their stomach massaged, so this is definitely something that you need to discuss with them before attempting to give an abdominal massage.
After having an Abdominal massage you will feel relaxed and your stomach pain and muscle cramps will not be so severe. Massage in this region is not a cure for your problem but will ease the symptoms you feel from your ailment. If your problem persists you should consult a doctor as you may need medication.
Trevor Hunt, Massage Therapist with over 40 years experience in UK.
See my ebook: 'Marvellous Massage Secrets' at http://www.marvellousmassagesecrets.com which contains YouTube links for video demonstrations. Therapy website http://www.body-work.biz