WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO MASSAGE THE DIGESTIVE, REPRODUCTIVE & SACRAL AREAS?
In my experience, we all hold a lot of our flight or fight stuff in the stomach area, which manifests itself in so many different ways, butterflies in the stomach before an exam or meeting, anxiety, fear or even anger or different forms of inflammation, cramp, pain and or congestion. IBS plagues many women and is widely recognised as a stress marker triggered by acute anxiety.
Abdominal-Sacral Massage concentrates on the core, the centre of the body; it brings energy and circulation to many of the major organs including the reproductive organs and the digestive system. This has a major effect on the rest of the body too, bringing balance and often release of tension and retained emotional trauma.
The recent discovery that the bowel wall contains all of the same neurological processes and receptors that are found in the brain has turned the orthodox medical world on its head, but this discovery comes as no surprise to holistic practitioners, who have for years maintained that the health of this bowel ecosystem is the key to the health of the entire person.
Most of our vital organs are located in the abdomen, yet is an area that receives little attention. Many worldwide cultures recognise the importance of caring for this area of the body and have long since practised some sort of abdominal massage to support health and wellbeing.
Abdominal-Sacral massage combines gentle but effective massage techniques that are applied to the abdomen, womb, lower back and sacrum, that gently realigns the abdominal organs, releasing congestion and strengthening the surrounding muscles and ligaments, which improves the circulation, nerve and lymph flow, flushing toxins and re-balancing hormones.
Massaging the womb encourages the uterus to find its optimal position. Misalignment of the uterus can contribute to problems such as painful periods, PCOS, Endometriosis, heavy or irregular bleeding. Assists the body in eliminating old stagnate blood and breaks down adhesions and scar tissue.
This massage is helpful postpartum too, especially following a Cesarean section, as it restores the proper positioning of the uterus, helping to reduce pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor, whilst strengthening the surrounding tissues.
During the pre-menopausal stage our ovaries are not ovulating as often as they used to, therefore oestrogen and progesterone levels begin to decrease. In response to this decrease, the pituitary gland increases the levels of FSH (& LH) trying to stimulate ovulation. As oestrogen & progesterone levels ebb and flow a woman can experience heavy bleeds, irregular bleeds and lighter bleeds, all dependent on the levels of these hormones and the health of our adrenal glands.
The deep colon part of the massage can help restore and promote normal bowel movements, encouraging the removal of waste products. It improves circulation, promotes better absorption, supports the nervous system and boosts the immune system. With 80% of the immune system residing here, optimising digestive health has wide reaching benefits throughout the body. Abdominal massage can help aid in weight loss through promoting proper metabolic and digestive function.
The sacral area is also worked on as part of the whole internal system which connects nerves and muscles to the digestive and reproductive systems.
“The colon is a sewage system but by neglect and abuse it becomes a cesspool. When it is clean and normal we are well and happy; let it stagnate, and it will distil the poisons of decay, fermentation and putrefaction into the blood, poisoning the brain and nervous system so that we become mentally depressed and irritable; it will poison the heart so that we are weak and listless; poisons the lungs so that the breath is foul; poisons the digestive organs so that we are distressed and bloated; and poisons the blood so that the skin is sallow and unhealthy. In short, every organ of the body is poisoned and we age prematurely, look and feel old, the joints are stiff and painful, neuritis, dull eyes and a sluggish brain overtake us; the pleasure of living is gone. (taken from the Royal Society of Medicine research paper “Death Begins in the Colon”)
The second chakra – Svadhisthana
The sacral chakra is also known as the creativity and sexual chakra, the seat of emotion. It is located above the pubic bone and below the navel.
When your sacral chakra is out of balance you may experience physically a range of symptoms that are generally confined to the lower abdomen, back, and reproductive and digestive organs.
Among the most common physical symptoms:
- back pain
- urinary and kidney infections
- gynaecological cysts
- abnormal menstruation
Sacral chakra imbalance frequently manifests as emotional and psychological difficulties, including:
- low self-esteem
The third Chakra – Manipura
The Solar Plexus Chakra is centre of strength and balance, both physical and emotional. In the solar plexus area (upper part of the belly, where your diaphragm rests) It is important for physical health. It is closely tied to digestive health, but a blockage can cause an issue with other systems as well.
Common physical symptoms of a blocked third chakra include:
- Poor digestion, gas, nausea
- Asthma and other respiratory problems
- Organ problems, especially in the liver and kidneys
- Nerve pain and fibromyalgia
- Difficulty gaining or losing weight
- Controlling, intolerant, or excessively competitive behaviour
- Overeating and overindulgence
- Fatigue or excessive laziness
Symptoms of energy deficiency include:
- Depression, anxiety
- Low body weight and poor appetite
- Lack of confidence and poor self-image
- Inability to focus and lack of organisation
A range of potential benefits including the treatment of:
- Digestive problems-constipation, Diarrhoea
- Leaky gut
- Constipation and bloating
- Abdominal fluid retention
- Painful or irregular periods
- Heavy periods
- Pre-menopause or Menopausal symptoms
- Bladder or yeast infections
- Sexual trauma
- Lower back pain
- Ovulation problems
- Detoxification of the body
- Pelvic infections
- Held in emotions
- Childhood traumas
- Maternal problems
*Do not have a heavy meal within about an hour before your massage, and as with all massage do not drink alcohol beforehand.
Treatments start with a lumbar, sacral and gluteal massage, allowing you time to relax and become accustomed to my energy and touch before the abdominal massage. When massaging your abdomen, you will be receiving touch from your pubic bone up to your rib-cage, and will include a beautiful blend of oil techniques, pulsing, rebozo and guided visualisations. You will be nurtured, nourished and held in a safe place to allow you to release deep seated emotions that may be blocking your energy.
After your treatment, you will receive information on castor oil packs, yoni-steams,and advice for lifestyle changes.
Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and heavy food for 24 hours. As with all therapies involving massage, you may experience slight tiredness or mild flu-like symptoms for up to 24 hours afterwards due to the toxin release from your body.
An Abdominal-Sacral massage can be performed at anytime however any womb work has restrictions:
- Just before or during a bleed
- If you have a coil fitted
- If you are in your first trimester of pregnancy
- Any recent abdominal surgery
- If you have an infection or high temperature
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