Abdominal Massage is a holistic system
Abdominal Massage is much more than just a localized application. Western massage therapy emphasizes benefits that are specific to this area, like working on the intestines. Eastern therapy however extends the benefits of abdominal massage to the entire body.
The body is a totally interconnected system. Whatever happens in one area, affects the whole.
This concept has been slowly squeezed to death by western medicine which increasingly specializes in smaller and smaller areas of the body and attempts to treat them individually and out of context.
Traditional eastern medicine is based on a much more holistic model that sees the body as a pulsating, vibrating, and interconnected system. This approach is also often used in western alternative health care.
How massaging one area can effect the entire body
Abdominal massage therapy works the same way. It is not just a localized massage application, but a system to treat the entire physical body and the emotional body.
Physical results of abdominal massage
Physical results can be impressive. I had several clients who came to me with severe constipation problems. After one “Dancing Hands Abdominal Massage” session, some of them not only were relieved of their constipation, but ended up with diarrhea for up to two days.
This is an excellent result in this case since it is the body’s way of rapidly flushing out all poisons.
Emotional results of abdominal massage
But benefits can far surpass physical issues. The abdominal area is often the place where stuck emotions, trauma and repressed feelings are stored.
I have had several clients who remembered long forgotten events or traumas during the belly massage session and released them through crying, intense breathing, and vivid recalls resulting in recognizing the old wounds and letting them go.
Often clients experience a lighter feeling, a clearer head, and an overall sense of feeling good after the session. But let’s dig a little deeper.
Massaging the organs in the abdominal cavity
The abdominal area contains the largest concentration of organs in the body: liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, stomach, intestines, and sexual organs. It goes without saying that those organs affect not just the belly area but the entire body.
All those organs can be reached through abdominal massage. We can see the difference between belly massage and, let’s say working on the hamstrings, for example.
Hamstrings massage clearly would not affect all the organs and the entire body in the same way as working on the abdomen does.
How does massaging the abdomen reach the entire body?
Let’s take it one step further. We can see how we can physically touch or impact the organs in the abdomen through massage. But eastern medicine recognizes energetic connections that relate certain points in the abdomen to other areas in the body, similar to reflexology.
By working on those points, those other areas will benefit without ever being touched directly. This is not exactly a far fetched concept when we understand the concept of the body as an interconnected system.
It makes perfect sense that when you stimulate healing in the liver, for example, this affects the entire body, since now toxins can be effectively flushed out again.
Or let’s say you improve the functioning of the reproductive organs. It is easy to see that this could have a major impact not just on the body, but also on the emotions and happiness of a person.
Dancing Hands Abdominal Massage therapy is a system that is based on working with the physical and energetic aspects of the body. It is system that be used as part of any kind of massage, and it can be easily learned and applied through our homestudy video course.
The author, Shama Kern, has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for 16 years. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy and the creator of 20 online Thai Massage video training courses.