Abdominal Massage and Digestive Health

Published: Nov 22, 2020 | Revised: Jul 3, 2022
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

Abdominal Massage and Digestive Health

One of the most common aims of Abdominal Massage is to improve digestive health, that is, to stimulate positively or heal the Gastrointestinal Tract.

The main components of the Gastrointestinal Tract are the esophagus, stomach, liver, gallbladder, the pancreas, and the large and small intestines.

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Abdominal Massage for digestive health aims at a healthy digestion by eliminating toxins (detoxification) in the Gastrointestinal Tract. This is mostly done by using massage techniques that promote overall blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which in their turn can help boosting the immune system and better support the body to get rid of harmful substances.

It also aims at realigning i.e. repositioning the applicable organs in their proper place and giving them space for healthy mobility and functioning. Other health benefits of Abdominal Massage for the Gastrointestinal Tract are, for instance, relief of irritable bowel syndrome, heartburn, gastritis, bloating, excessive gas, diarrhea, and constipation.

On an emotional level, “digestion” also symbolizes “emotional digestion,” that is, the ability to cope with emotional trauma. It’s thought that abdominal massages can help to digest trauma (sexual and non-sexual trauma) or can help to release unnecessary emotional residues and tensions bound in body tissues, such as in the abdominal muscles and internal organs.

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