The stomach is probably the most sensitive area to massage. It is the most unprotected part of our body, and it can be a strong emotional experience to receive a stomach massage.
Physically there are many benefits to an abdominal massage. Stress and emotional tensions are stored in the stomach and can cause digestive and other related health problems. By massaging the stomach the muscles are made to relax, allowing for the organs to settle in their right places. Blood flow is increased which in return makes the organs function better.
Massage is an excellent method to address the symptoms of stress and digestive issues. The stimulation of the intestines helps the system work properly, increases the bowel movements, releases gasses and helps remove blockages that might be present. It is a method that is effective for all people, colicy babies, stressed adults and people, who due to medication have problems with the stomach.
Emotionally it can be a big step to accept a massage of the stomach. It is a very sensitive area and associated with strong emotions. It is in the stomach that we feel the strong feelings such as fear, nervousness and excitement. It is essential that the client trusts the massage therapist to give the massage. The massage therapist must in return be very intuitive and sensitive, listen to the client’s signals and pay careful attention to the reactions that might come.
It can become a very releasing experience to receive a sensitive and gentle massage, where pent up feelings finally can be let go of. It takes trust and courage to display emotions to a stranger and many people will feel uncomfortable about it and hold back. Once the trust between client and massage therapist has been established, the massage can be taken to a deeper level. The massage becomes a fully holistic treatment, affecting body, mind and soul.