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Our digestive track is a long involuntary muscle that, when displaced, constricted, ballooned, prolapsed, congested (constipated), etc. causes problems not only with its own function but throughout the entire body. Acid reflux, hiatal hernia, liver toxicity, weight gain, abdominal distention and problems with the bladder, uterus, prostate as well as chronic hip, and lower back problems and heart attacks begin in the gut. The remedy is simple and cheap, and, when done on a nightly basis often results in many improvements including weight loss.
The organs within our gut are supported by sheets of connective tissue supported where they function best.
In ideal health, all the organs can move as needed (expand and contract), AND, all the fluids (blood, lymph, bile and other secretions) can flow freely to their destinations. The major contributor to this disorganization is intestinal congestion caused by eating too much at one time, or, stress shut-down resulting in constipation and/or gas accumulation, even in children. Another major contributor is any abdominal surgery which results in adhesions and scar tissue within the gut. Some indicators that this has happened are distention (mild) to hernias (abdominal or a hiatal). Well, if pressure is being exerted outward (distention) is it unreasonable to assume that these pressures are acting internally? A MAJOR impact on our health of these things is the disruption of blood flow due to the pressure of these organs on arteries or veins or one another. When blood flow is impaired, can pain and disease be far behind?
A result of upward pressure of the distended intestines is the hiatal hernia, where the intestines push up on the stomach from below, pushing it into the diaphragm causing a constriction of the upper part of the stomach and forcing the esophagus toward the throat, resulting in difficulty swallowing. This upward pressure can cause acid reflux, AND, also can cause heart symptoms. This massage will help.
A result of downward pressure of the distended intestines can be lowered bladder volume and thus frequent urination or even incontinence. Downward pressure also contributes to uterine prolapse, impairs the circulation in the lower pelvic cavity as well as to and from the legs causing varicosities, restless leg, swelling in the feet/ankles and leg numbness as well as prostate problems. This massage will help.
A result of backward pressure of the distended intestines is lower back pain as well as hip pain from the pull of the sheets of connective tissue on their attachments on the rear abdominal wall. This massage will help.
The Abdominal Massage is based on an ancient Mayan massage which was used for everything from headaches and constipation to infertility (male or female), an indication that these are not just problems of modern man. I have made several adjustments, one of which is dividing the program into a beginner and an advanced section to target specific problems. Proceed slowly and cautiously because your abdomen will respond with gentle manipulation. There is NO benefit to being aggressive here. The tissues respond to coaxing, not forcing. You may also find that after working up to the ‘full advanced version’ that there are certain parts of it that are more effective for you and you can create your own ‘short targeted version’.
If you have difficulty because of hand/wrist/arm pain or weakness, consider using the vibration massager. Just place it lightly upon the tummy and the vibrations will propagate into the tissue and encourage blood flow and relieve stagnation. Then keep moving it to other positions.
For more information on the role of visceral displacement and massage consult
Barral JP, Mercier P. Visceral Manipulation. Vista, CA: Eastland Press 1992.
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