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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 anymore.
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.
The ‘breathe’ action. At the end of each step, we will take a deep breath to exercise the diaphragm muscle and extend it to its maximum out and in positions. To ‘Breathe’ means fill the abdomen, chest and throat with air. Then exhale and pull the stomach in as far as possible as if to form a vacuum against the abdomen and lower ribs. This is done 3X.
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. After about a week the tenderness will resolve. 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 hands and tummy, turn over, and go to sleep.
Special Case: Uterine prolapse
The symptoms of uterine prolapse range from bladder issues (same for prostate issues), to the sensation of ‘something falling out’ of your bottom in the extreme case. There are many causes including heavy lifting, jogging while overweight or with full intestines, having babies w/o proper postpartum replacement/remediation, or basic gravity which continually acts on weakened muscles and connective tissue.
I had to figure this out on my own. Doc said surgery (of course). Standard physical therapy was ineffective and an embarrassing waste of time – devoid of common sense. I knew that, but hope springs eternal. Pessaries caused problems I didn’t have before. OK, enough said, so here is really how to fix this.
Do the ab massage as described above to address some of the causes. Then, to reverse the prolapse, after the scooping up in step 2 & 3, when doing the exhale and stomach vacuum, spend time tightening the muscles on the abdomen below the navel whilst also Kegeling*. Tighten as long as is comfortable – you’ll get more chances. This isometric tightening activates your own natural girdle to hold your organs up where they function best. Transformation doesn’t happen overnight – although after a few weeks of this you may notice fewer wake-to-pee events each night.
If you are too aggressive when doing the lower ab tightening, you may notice muscles in your back becoming involved. This isn’t bad but can result in back issues, so be patient and kind in your isometric efforts. To strengthen weak back muscles do the following exercise sometime during the day. Kneel and get on all fours (doggy pose), then straighten one leg and lift it up in the air behind you for a count of 20 while tightening you lower ab. Same with the opposite leg and then repeat one more time.
*To Kegel means to tighten the lower pelvic muscles that you would use to stop a urine stream. Doing this alone, as some suggest, is NOT enough. You must retone the lower abdominal muscles, aka your natural girdle.
©Pat Block ND 2007
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