Abdominal Massage

The abdomen  often gets neglected in the Massage Therapy world.  It is necessary for the therapist to have a complete understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the tissue and organs in the abdomen,  pelvic floor, digestive and reproductive systems. A skilled practitioner will work with the structural, energetic and emotional components of the body.  Abdominal Massage is an external non invasive manipulation that repositions internal organs that have shifted and are restricting the flow of blood, of lymph, of the nervous system and of energy. It is beneficial for adults, children and infants.

Benefits of Abdominal Massage:

  • Promotes Digestion
  • Relieves chronic indigestion or heartburn
  • Relieves the discomfort of gas, bloating and abdominal “knots”
  • Stimulates bowel movements ( due to stress, dietary issues, medication and other health issues
  • Gastritis
  • Gastro Esophogeal Reflux (GERD)
  • Soothes the nervous system
  • Correction of prolapsed, fallen or tilted uterus or bladder
  • Decreases colic in infants
  • Releases inner emotions carried in the core
  • Painful or irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Bladder or yeast infections
  • Miscarriages, difficult pregnancies
  • Endometriosis
  • Peri menopause, menopausal symptoms
  • Infertility
  • PMS/Depression with menstruation
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Enhances Pregnancy, aids in labor and birthing
  • Relieves abdominal trauma (due to mechanical or sexual trauma, chronic inflammatory and pain conditions.
  • Pelvic congestion, pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Low energy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic constipation
  • Low Back pain
  • Restricted breathing due to tension
  • Decreases adhesions due to surgeries or C-Section
  • Detoxification

An Abdominal Massage can be done either in conjunction with other forms of massage or can be used specifically. You may eat a small meal one to two hours before your session. While being worked on you might experience some belly gurgling, this is called borborygmus. It means that the autonomic nervous system is relaxing. After your massage drink plenty of water, take a hot Epsom salts bath and rest.

Contraindications, Cautions, and Modifications

There are certain conditions where application of these techniques are either contraindicated or require modification. Please consult with your practitioner if you have any questions.

  • IUD (intra-uterine device for contraception) is present
  • Immediately after abdominal surgery
  • Active infection or cancer present in pelvic area, or while undergoing  chemotherapy
  • During the first trimester (19 weeks) of pregnancy (modification)
  • Hiatal Hernia (gentle massage required)
  • Active and acute infection
  • Abdominal Aneurysm
  • Diastasis Rectus
  • Pessary for uterine prolapse (remove prior to your session)
  • Any serious health condition that causes you concern.