Abdominal massage is just as important and beneficial as massaging the back, neck and shoulders. The abdomen is the softest, least-protected area of the body. As a result, it is an area of great vulnerability. The abdomen is also a very important part of the body as it houses vital organs, for example, 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.
Common conditions relating to the abdomen
When the digestion process is inhibited due to illness, malabsorption or inactivity due to a stagnant lifestyle, the abdomen undergoes immense stress. This is due to the muscles and the well-connected fascia network that hold the organs within the abdominal cavity. In addition, such stress in the abdominal area may lead to pain in the sides, lower back pain, inguinal and joint pain at the pelvis.
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.
Benefits of abdominal massage
Deep abdominal massage, also known as colon massage or internal organ massage, is a fantastic treatment. It has a great number of benefits.
In people of all ages, massaging the abdomen:
- promotes digestion
- alleviates gastric upsets
- soothes the nerves
- benefits the organs that are interconnected with the stomach and the intestinal tract
- helps to detoxify and strengthen the lower abdomen
- is particularly useful for relaxing tension in the abdomen and promoting blood flow
Abdominal 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. Hence, the abdominal massage is highly effective remedy in removing obstructions, correcting dislocations and restoring the harmonious flow.
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.
You will learn to focus on the metabolic and energetic functions of the abdomen. In addition, you will learnt how to work gradually through the layers of the soft abdomen – treating the skin and any scars, softening fascia, releasing muscle tension, stimulating the gut and the other organs of digestion. The treatment works by inducing deep relaxation and improving flow of blood, lymph and vitality through the major organs of the body.
During the masterclass we will cover the following:
- Review of the abdominal cavity and digestive system
- The four layers of muscles in your abdomen, (rectus abdominis, external obliques, internal obliques, and transverse abdominis)
- Review and Massage Therapy for common abdominal disorders
IBS (Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis) Spastic Colon Chronic Constipation Bad Period Pains Fibroids
- Benefits of abdominal massage
- Palpation and visual evaluation
- Basic guidelines for abdominal massage
- Abdominal Massage Techniques
- Correct application of pressure
- Contra-indications to abdominal massage
- Massage mediums for abdominal massage
This massage masterclass will help you feel more confident massaging the abdomen and as well as learning how to massage the intestines to aid optimal health you will acquire the skills to offer your clients a drug-free, natural way of treating digestive disorders. You will be able to offer it as a stand alone treatment or include it in your regular massage treatment.
The workshop will be largely practical in content and you will be required to wear appropriate clinic workwear for the duration of the course. During the session you will practise on each other under the supervision of the tutor who will offer guidance and feedback.
Who Can Attend?
This workshop is designed for practitioners, qualified in any form of Body Massage Therapy.
Recognition by Professional Associations
Widely accepted by most Professional Bodies. If you are not already registered with a Professional Body and would like to do so here are some useful links – ICGT, CtHA, FHT. For stand alone insurance Balens
Duration: 3 hours
Course fees include:
- All class tuition
- A comprehensive course manual
- An MSCM Certificate of Attendance for your professional portfolio
- 3 cpd points
Tutor: Anita Snowball – see our MSCM Tutor Page
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November 2022 - Sunday 20th November - 2pm - 5pm
Cost: £50.00 (+VAT)