The abdomen is one of the most delicate and vital areas of the human body. It houses many important organs such as the stomach, diaphragm, colon, small intestine, liver, pancreas and gall bladder. Traditional systems of medicine tell us that the abdomen is the powerhouse of the body and that all ailments result from an imbalance in the abdominal area.
Modern medical science also supports this theory. In a healthy person, there is a continuous muscular contraction of the alimentary canal every twenty seconds. These contractions push food through the stomach and into the intestines, and also aid the process of excretion. When these contractions do not occur in a rhythmic manner, the process of digestion is delayed. This can lead to numerous disorders such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, constipation, flatulence & spastic colon. When the digestive process slows down, the body does not receive sufficient nutrition and other parts of the body may be affected.
The abdominal muscles also work in conjunction with the back muscles to help keep the spine erect. Any weakness in them can lead to chronic back ache, as the muscles of the back get over-stressed from sharing the majority of the load.
Abdominal massage is a special kind of massage that seeks to alleviate all these problems associated with the abdomen by keeping the abdominal area healthy and strong, promoting proper functioning of the organs inside the abdominal cavity. An abdominal massage focuses on applying direct pressure on the organs located within the abdominal cavity to stimulate and promote their functioning.
How Does Abdominal Massage Work?
Abdominal massage is a highly specialized form of massage. In this massage technique, the patient is made to lie on his or her back . The therapist then uses his hands and fingers to gently knead the abdominal areas with gentle strokes. We will use castor oil and Navel Candles to perform this massage.
Navel candling is also known as stomach or tummy candling. A hollow herbal candle is lit and placed in the the belly-button. During the candling process, a gentle and relaxing massage could be applied to the abdominal area to aid circulation. As with ear candling, the burning candle creates a vacuum and the gentle heat created assists with the dispelling of toxins.
Benefits of navel candling include:
1. Aiding the removal of toxins through the body’s lymphatic system;
2. Alleviation of stomach flatulence, stomach ache, endocrine disorders and gastric problems caused by irregular eating habits.
3. Navel candling can also aid in the relief of mild cold symptoms and enhance the body circulatory system.
Castor oil is great for softening the fecal matter in the bowel.
It also helps people with IBS and other digestive disorders.
In a typical stomach muscle massage for constipation, the therapist makes circular strokes on the abdomen focusing on the colon area to aid in the movement of bowels.
What Are The Benefits Of Abdominal Massage?
Abdominal massage strengthens the abdominal muscles and helps in relieving back pain. This kind of an abdominal massage works on toning the abdominal muscles and also helps in eliminating toxins from the body. Therefore these massages are very beneficial to people suffering from constipation. The main aim of an abdominal massage for constipation is to stimulate the peristalsis waves in the intestines to throw out the stationary faecal matter. Abdominal massage also stimulates blood flow to all the vital organs in the abdominal cavity, and improves their functioning.
Many people complain of abdominal cramps on accounts of irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cycles, endometriosis or colitis. Taking an abdominal massage for cramps can help relieve the pain caused in these conditions. This type of abdominal massage therapy is very helpful in easing abdominal cramps. Back muscles and abdominal muscles work in co-ordination to keep the spine straight and any weakness in these muscles can result in severe back pain. An abdominal massage therapy helps in relieving back pain by strengthening the various muscle groups in the abdominal region. Thus many people would massage the abdomen to relieve the back pain.
It is important to keep in mind that a massage therapy for abdominal muscles should never be done for a person on a full stomach or a full bladder.
Furthermore such massages should not be given to people with hernia problems, kidney stones, stomach or intestinal ulcers, ovarian or fallopian tube problems and pregnant women.
Overall benefits of Abdominal Massage: