- Rational Approaches to Healing
- Muscle Response Testing and Pitfalls
- Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Therapies
- Devices (Overview)
- Essences and Homeopathics
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- Drugs and Destructive Methods
- Issues with…
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- Circulation & Heart
- Structure, Bones, Joints, Teeth
- Lungs & Sinus
- Endocrines – Thyroid, Adrenals, Gonads
- Kidney and Bladder
- Liver & Gall Bladder
- Immune System
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- The Skin
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- Client Info
Beginners Steps 1-5, Advanced Steps 1-10
- Gather at your bedside and within reach, a couple extra pillows for under your knees, massage oil, and an old towel
- Allow at least 2 hours to pass after a heavy meal; 1 hour after a lite snack.
- If you are not familiar with the landmarks of the abdominal bowl see the Abdominal Bowl Map. This mentions a CD which I had made for my clients and which is not available on this website.
Beginners – the counter gravity moves
-Having completed all tasks normally done before sleeping, gather items for massage within reach and lie on your back. Remember, after completed we want to go to sleep. Relax shoulders.
-Breathe. Tummy up. Tummy down. 3X each time higher than before. This deep breathing places the diaphragm.
1. Dip fingers into massage oil and with moderate but comfortable pressure circle the belly button. As your fingers pass above the belly button they should be going right to left, and, below, left to right. Feel what kind of pressure feels comfortable to you. With that pressure begin making larger spirals until you reach the rim or bone-y outline of the abdominal bowl. Five spirals are sufficient. Continuing in the same direction with as much pressure as is comfortable, make the circles small again and come back to circling the belly button. This should relax the tight abdominal muscles and muscular organs like the stomach and colon. Relax hands. Relax shoulders. Breathe.
2. Bring the thumb sides of your hands together and place all your fingers on your pubic bone – the lowest bone in the abdominal bowl. (If any part of this bone is tender then there is lymph stagnation in the lower pelvic cavity and likely associated bladder problems. To release this stagnation, massage the tender points along this bone. The lymph doc explains this.) Now with as much pressure as is comfortable, sink into your belly with your fingers just above the pubic bone while moving slowly up towards the navel with a scooping hand posture. I think of it as a raking motion – lifting the sunken organs up into their proper place. This lifts pressure off the bladder and other lower pelvic organs, allowing them space AND better circulation. You will find this helpful for increasing bladder volume. The beneficial side-effect – less bathroom trips at night. Do this 2 more times. Breathe.
3. Bring all your fingers to your right leg crease. L. little finger on pubic bone; R on R ASIS. With comfortable pressure, sink fingers into your tummy and rake towards your belly button. This often will relieve both hip problems and circulation into the legs. Varicose veins in the legs also benefit from removing resistance produced by visceral organ pressure. Do this 2X more. Do the same on the left 3X. Relax hands. Breathe.
4. Now that we have enabled lymphatic passage, with open hands place lightly on the skin and shake just the skin on the thighs by moving it back and forth. Don’t sit up to do this just shake the parts of the thighs that you can reach (You can bend your legs.) Now move up to shake the area around the leg crease, the lower abdomen, and then the upper abdomen. Shake only the surface of the skin (like Jell-O) to encourage lymph flow. How easy is that? Breathe 3X. (Breath pumps lymph)
5. Now with as much pressure as is comfortable, make small 2-inch circles above the belly button in the same direction as before (with the top part of the circle going right to left). Continue these circles moving to the left and going around the belly button. Circle the navel 2X. Relax hands. Breathe. You are done here unless doing advanced part. Please do this basic massage for a week before continuing on to do the advanced massage.
6. With all fingers placed along the upper right rib, with comfortable pressure, sink your fingers into your tummy and rake towards your belly button. Then 2X more. Do the same on the left 3X. Relax hands. Breathe.
7. With all fingers placed below the sternum and with as much pressure as is comfortable, make small zigzag steps down towards the belly button. This softens the muscles of and around the stomach. Do this 2 more times. Relax hands. Breathe.
8. With all fingers placed below the sternum and with as much pressure as is comfortable make a straight path down from the sternum to the belly button. This aides in removing the stomach from the diaphragm allowing more diaphragm movement. Do this 2 more times. Relax hands. Breathe.
9. With the pads of your fingers massage your lower rib rim. If this is tender there may be lymphatic stagnation in the mid abdomen associated with the small intestine. 2 more times. Breathe.
10. With open flat hands shake just the skin of the thighs, leg crease and whole abdomen (like Jell-O). Breathe 3X. With the old towel, wipe excess oil from your tummy, turn over, and go to sleep.
©Pat Block ND 2007
Consider this…..I have learned more from very sick people than I have from double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over studies. My sick clients taught me how to get them well - things that even my teachers didn't know. I have such smart clients.
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