It is said that our belly is the drum of the body. It connects the legs to the arms, the north to the south, it is our connection to the divine and the earth. It is a vulnerable area. When we are hurt or emotionally wounded, we curl in protect ourselves. Nature’s natural protection- fetal position. It houses our Solar Plexus chakra, our fire, our passion.
As a society we focus on a flat and fit stomach from the outside. We never think about the importance of the inside as it relates to health. The inside is only beginning to show its true colors. Many have found that the correlation between the brain and the intestinal wall hold the key to emotions and condition of the body as a whole called the “Gut Brain Barrier”. If we have more good bacteria vs. bad bacteria, we stay in homeostasis.
We have heard a lot recently that fiber, pro-biotics, and supplements can help to regulate our digestive system. Detox is a word that is all too common these days, but natural life cycles of our distant past has aided in this. Long ago, our food supplies ran short towards the end of winter. Causing our ancestors to naturally fast and shed the fat accumulated during the winter “meat and potatoes”. This fasting helped to change the environment in our intestines, “cleaning out the plumbing”. With the aid of spring’s first sprouts and bitters i.e. sprouts, lettuce, dandelion, and weeds with high potency of enzymes to purge our systems. Today we have plenty of food year round and our bodies are missing this natural rhythm. This causes a build-up of indigestible matter, toxins in our body.
So where does massage fit in? It is a very common occurrence to get a full body massage and end up going to the bathroom shortly after. Whether it’s the heat of the warm table as you lay on your belly or the general relaxation from your massage; the blood starts circulating, and the nervous system switches to relaxation mode, the toxins releasing back into the digestive system and forcing to evacuate quickly causing movement. It gets the job done.
As a therapist, we know some people are sensitive or vulnerable with exposing the midsection. Since there are some who have never received this portion of a massage session, lets review why we should give it a go. The benefits of abdominal massage are well worth the few brief moments of unease. After a few belly massages, all of those cares and apprehensions disappear.