Deep abdominal massage, also known as colon massage or internal organ massage is a fantastic treatment that focuses on the metabolic and energetic functions of the abdomen to release trapped gases, blockages and waste products. It has a great number of benefits. The abdomen is the softest, least-protected area of the body, therefore, an area of great vulnerability and is a very important part of the body. For adults as well as for infants and young children, massaging the abdominal promotes digestion, alleviates gastric upsets, soothes the nerves related to the area of massage, and benefits the organs that are interconnected with the stomach as well as the intestinal tract. Abdominal massage helps to detoxify and strengthen the lower abdomen, and is particularly useful for relaxing tension in the abdomen and promoting blood flow.
The abdomen houses vital organs and is a very important part of the body. The abdominal cavity comprises of the stomach, diaphragm, colon, small intestine, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder. The health of the abdomen lies with the stomach, the digestion process and reproductive organs.
When the digestion process is inhibited due to illness, malabsorption or inactivity due to a stagnant lifestyle the abdomen undergoes immense stress from the muscles and the well connected fascia network that hold the organs within the abdominal cavity. Such stress in the abdominal area may lead to pain in the sides, lower back pain, inguinal and joint pain at the pelvis. Sometimes, even the ribs may get affected.
Other problems related to the abdomen include: abdominal disorders like IBS (Crone’s or Ulcerative Colitis), spastic colon, chronic constipation, dislocation of female reproductive organs and problems caused by dislocation such as miscarriages, infections, premature birth, weak new-borns, backache, difficult menopause etc.
Hence, the abdominal massage is highly effective remedy in removing obstructions, correcting dislocations and restoring the harmonious flow.
Abdomen massage helps open the abdominal cavity and release the fascia so the organs can lay unrestricted in their natural positions in the abdominal cavity. General improvement in blood circulation from the massage benefits the blood vessels in the abdominal cavity. The veins transport the blood depleted of oxygen to the heart more quickly and the arteries respond by supplying the body cells with freshly oxygenated blood. The liver, the gall-bladder, and the pancreas receive a larger share of oxygen and nutrients and release their metabolic waste products such as carbonic acid into the bloodstream.
In addition to the physical benefits there are significant emotional benefits from abdominal massage. The stomach is considered the “core” of the body. Exercise based in control of the muscles such as yoga, abdominal flattening exercise, and meditative exercises are all focused around the core.
The reason for this is that so much energy within the body transfers through the core. Emotions as well as physical exertion all can be stimulated or related to the core of the human body. An appropriate abdominal massage can increase the effectiveness of all surrounding organs, ease the tension associated with those organs, and release the inner emotions carried in the core.