We don’t pay much attention to the contents of our abdomen until something goes wrong. There are very early signs that our organs need more love though. Skin dryness, puffiness, feeling itchy and tired upon waking and the more obvious gut issues for example. If you experience the above, brain fog, hernias, diastasis recti, hip pain, back pain or pelvic organ prolapse ‘How to give your organs some love with an abdominal massage in West Oxford’ may be quite an illuminating ready for you.
Our organs ideally receive their own massage as they nestle, slide and roll past each other with every breath taken. When surrounded by healthy water-rich tissue wrapping (fascia), healthy lymph nodes and blood vessels they are for the most part very happy.
So why would they need outside help in the form of an abdominal massage?
Abdominal massage, internal scars and adhesions
To keep us alive, remove inflammation and heal damage, our body is continually adapting our tissues. Lymphatic structures such as the greater omentum (our internal fluffy quilt) for example provide antiinflammatory support to struggling organs and damaged tissue. This is of great service to them but in providing service, however, adhesions can form over time. Because the greater omentum floats over the intestines its impact may be minimal. For other structures, tissues and organs, this is not always the case and the effects of becoming attached to their neighbours can be more wide-reaching.
When there is a break in our tissues through injury or surgery the body closes the opening by means of a scar. It tries to prevent the tissue from breaking again by making the scar thicker and tougher than the original tissue. In the process of healing, layers of tissue or organs can sometimes adhere to each other. Depending on the location if there are nerves impacted pain may result.
Abdominal massage in West Oxford. Inflammation in the body
Another way that adhesions may form, is when there’s a lot of inflammation in the body from illness or stress. Someone with cancer may have adhesions also, as the body does its best to keep us going.
An abdominal massage will not ‘remove’ an adhesion altogether,…. they can be really big and even develop their own blood supply. Only a scalpel can break an adhesion.
Abdominal massage can however stop the potential development of adhesions post-surgery. Massage may also prevent it from worsening or minimize its impact on surrounding tissues and organs. It’s also never too late to have internal scars and their associated visceral adhesions worked on.
The abdominal massage in west Oxford that I carry out is performed on dry skin without the use of oils. This allows me to work on scar tissue and adhesions. Promoting the mobility of the organs, good blood flow and waste removal for healthy functioning. Abdominal massage is very slow and gentle compared to other massage styles.
Abdominal massage in West Oxford, lymphatics and pain
Our nerve cells require fluids and nutrients which they receive from the blood vessels and fascia.
Fascia= connective webbing surrounding cells, organs, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones.
Wherever there are nerves and blood vessels within the fascial webbing there are also lymph vessels taking cellular waste away. Lymph nodes are abundant along the main arteries, veins, intestines and other abdominal organs. Filtering waste for healthy functioning.
When the lymph isn’t flowing well, we feel groggy, itchy, puffy, tired and achy. Brain fog is also common.
Ever been unwell and your lower back and groin ached? Your lymph nodes would have been swollen from fighting off the virus. Remember where lymph vessels hang out? Near nerves.
If you are experiencing hip ache when not actively fighting off a virus. The body may be struggling to clear the lymph in the abdomen, creating a bottleneck lower down. Lymphatic congestion in the abdomen can also inflame nerve endings from branches coming from the spine round to the front. This may be experienced as lower back pain. Abdominal massage combined with stimulation of lymphatic juncture points around the body can help to restore healthy lymph flow, especially when combined with exercise and breathing techniques.
Abdominal Massage and the pressure system
Hernias, organ prolapse and diastasis recti
Our core muscles and connective tissues help to manage pressure within the body. The low pressure in the thorax and higher pressure in the abdomen and pelvis essentially sucks the organs up towards the diaphragm.
This means that we don’t feel the weight of our organs, pilled on top of our pelvic floor. There is a lightness to the body. If the pressure isn’t managed well over extended periods or is too great for the body to withstand, hernias may develop, organs may prolapse or the stomach muscles may separate (diastasis recti) at the midline to accommodate, create more space and lessen the pressure.
An abdominal massage won’t reverse a hernia but can help reduce restriction in the core musculature and connective tissue which is important when healing a prolapse or stomach muscle separation. Ideally when we breathe, talk, shout or exercise these pressures are balanced by small amounts of movement occurring in all directions of the torso. This is difficult if, for example, our obliques are tense and tight as they sandwich the ribs. If the ribs cannot move well, pressure won’t be well distributed throughout the thorax and abdominal space.
Belly sucking, stress and abdominal massage in west Oxford
Sucking in the belly, stress, anxiety and even bulimia are a few examples of how we can develop a habitual tensing of our abdominal muscles and around the organs.
Imagine during the height of covid, how your body would tense and clam up if someone sat right next to you without a mask and started coughing. You would tense, clam up and instinctively hold your breath right?
How many people forget to breathe when exercising. Habitually holding their breath and abdomen tight, then gasping for air?
During an abdominal massage, I help counteract these patterns of holding tension. Coaxing the tissues to find a more appropriate resting tone by helping the tissues relax.
Note that the aim isn’t for everything to become soft jelly. Our abdominals are handling changing pressure all the time. The more supple they are though, the better able to perform this role.
Abdominal massage is a lovely gentle way to keep the organs healthy and our nerves happy, alleviating fatigue and pain. Many also choose abdominal massage in West Oxford to promote healing of pressure system issues such as pelvic organ prolapse or diastasis recti (stomach muscle separation).
Whether you have a specific area of concern or love the idea of optimizing your health by creating a healthy spacious environment for your organs, I would love to hear from you.
Massages are carried out at my home in the beautiful Cotswold village of Alvescot in West Oxfordshire
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