Massage for Digestive System Health, Disorders & Problems

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Massage for Digestive System Health, Disorders & Problems

Massage can be an easy and excellent way to assist in restoring the balanced and harmonious function of your digestive system. Many people in more modern times are suffering various forms of digestive disorders and problems such as:

  1. IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  2. Celiac Disease
  3. Crohn’s Disease
  4. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  5. Gallstones
  6. Ulcerative colitis
  7. Diverticulosis
  8. Demorrhoids

Some of these conditions have been studied well and there are known causes whilst others such as IBS can sometimes leave people baffled as to what exactly is causing the symptoms. Whilst it is obviously very important to address dietary problems by consulting with a qualified nutritionist, massage can be a great help to relieve mild to moderate symptoms of digestive problems. These symptoms may include:

  1. Cramping
  2. Bloating
  3. Constipation
  4. Diarrhoea

What type of Massage is Good For Digestive System Health?

A combination of massage alternating between the head and abdominal areas for 30 minutes will lead to a massive increase in relaxation which will allow your digestive system to return to what it does best, assimilating the nutrition that you are providing it with. The addition of a head massage is used to speed up the relaxation response as our digestive tension can sometimes be linked to negative thought processes or just over thinking in general which is at epidemic levels in modern man. By alternating between massaging the digestive area and the head, the intensity of any tension or feelings in the abdominal area can be easily navigated without excess discomfort and you will be left feeling very relaxed.

The massage of the abdomen will generally be slow with a moderate pressure and work in the same direction as the large intestine digests food (clockwise) which will encourage the bowels to move material along in the case of constipation. Areas of tension can be worked into when the client breathes out and then the pressure can be backed off whilst the client breathes in. This create a sense of security for the client as they know that all they have to do if the pressure is too much is to start breathing in. It’s a non verbal communication system that can be a great help to assist in releasing digestive tension.

In addition to soothing the physical symptoms of these disorders, tension in the abdominal area is often associated with emotional pain and trauma. People often find that murky emotions may begin to surface when a massage therapist works slowly deeper into their abdominal area. This may be to uncomfortable or overwhelming for some people and they are advised to let the therapist know and return to a gentler pressure or have a break from having that area massaged until they are more comfortable.

What else can I do for my Digestive System Health to compliment Massage?

  1. See a digestive specialist, nutritionist, naturopath and/or dietician
  2. Try to remove or minimise any obvious stressors in your life
  3. Remove inflammatory foods from your diet and consume plenty of natural anti inflammatory foods
  4. Commence a daily relaxation program
  5. Try meditation
  6. Make sure you are getting enough exercise
  7. Make sure you are not over or under eating

How can I book a massage with you to help with my Digestive System Health?

Call 0449 264 980 or 

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Oak McIlwain is a Remedial Massage Therapist from Fremantle, Western Australia. He has been refining his massage skills for over 7 years after his corporate exodus. You can read his Bio or find him on or Facebook

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