Massage is a treatment well known to be very relaxing and enjoyable. Also carry some health benefits. A massage can help the digestive system stimulating digestion relaxing the digestive organs and increasing blood flow throughout the system. Abdominal massage techniques vary depending on the massage technique used and yet all work to improve digestion and excretion. Consult a medical specialist for the type of massage that is most appropriate for you.
The digestive system
The digestive tract starts at the mouth and ends with the rectum. Digestion begins with the first bite of food and is completed when the solid and liquid wastes leave the body. The digestive system is made up of the mouth, esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The digestion may become slower or be interrupted because of stress, tension or some diseases. A massage helps the food transit through the digestive system processes aiding digestion and absorption of nutrients. Abdominal massage is concentrated in the stomach, intestines and all muscles around these bodies.
Maya abdominal massage
The Mayan abdominal massage originated in Central America as part of the system of medicine developed by the Maya. It applies both in the abdominal area and at the lower back. This form of massage uses deep movements to relax the muscles in the abdominal area and lower back. Focus on these areas to improve blood flow to the digestive and reproductive organs and balance the body’s healing energy.
Shiatsu, which means “finger pressure”, is a Japanese form of massage that applies pressure generated by the fingers and thumb on the meridian lines. The meridian lines are the paths through which vital energy, or Chi, flows through the body. Massaging the abdomen is just one of the body parts covering the Shiatsu treatment. This type of massage Shiatsu involves applying pressure on shiatsu points located in the abdominal area. The pressure varies from mild to strong, depending on the needs of the body.
Swedish massage was first used around 1800 as part of the Swedish Gymnastic protocol developed by Per Henrico Ling, a Swedish health instructor. Over the years, the Swedish massage has been modified and today is the most widespread form throughout the United States, Abdominal massage is usually part of the Swedish full body massage. This part of the massage uses rhythmic and circular movements in the abdominal region to improve blood flow, stimulate digestion and relax the abdominal muscles.