The Tummy Massage
It doesn’t seem to matter how old we are, we still can experience a first for everything and often when that happens, along comes the many questions that we start to ask ourselves.
I’m a firm believer in the healing power of the human touch and of massage therapy. Yesterday I had an absolutely wonderful massage and was introduced to a full “tummy massage.” At first I was thinking to myself, “this is odd” and once I got past the horrifying visual image my mind was conjuring up of jello being moved around, I relaxed into it, and it felt quite good. I could feel exactly where I was holding my accumulated tension, I could feel the strain, similar to any muscle that had developed blocks and had grown tight. Who knew, outside of holding food and water, that our stomachs could hold that much tension too?
What happens when we don’t give our emotions a chance to escape us, where do they go? When we don’t let our emotions escape us we have to store them somewhere, and that place is often at the cellular level, in our organs and our tissues, and they stay there like most other toxins in our bodies do until we realize that we either need to be free of them, or them of us, but one way or another, they need to go.
I believe fear, like all forms of trauma can lock itself into any parts of our body, and when you accompany fear with anxiety, it seems to settle in our tummies. This makes sense, when we get a gut feeling, we usually feel that in our tummies, and over time, if not dealt with, this can build into tension. Let’s don’t forget gut wrenching, anyone who has had one of those experiences can recall that feeling too. You get the picture, our issues are in our tissues; that is, until we decide to do something about it and release them from within us. This doesn’t mean you have to be living in fear or with anxiety in your life now, it could easily have been built up over the years from past experiences and it’s just there waiting patiently for you to free it.
We give our muscles and skeletal structure so much attention, so why not our organs? I used to think of tension as being held in the shoulders and neck, resulting in restrictions and pain that lodged itself quite nicely in that region. Through muscular and skeletal care, often people turn to massage to help release the logjam of emotions that have built up. It wasn’t until I woke up this morning when I felt my tummy and it felt like the first day after a pilates workout when you haven’t been doing them for a while. Many of us know that feeling too, it hurt, but it was a good kind of hurt, the one you feel after a great workout.
Are we doing our bodies an injustice by not paying enough attention to our organs? By expanding the area you cover, a tummy massage can help remove the toxins that may be in your other organs too. Then I thought to myself, what a great way for a couple to share intimacy; besides, helping each other relieve any built up tension from your tummies, it’s a wonderful way to connect. Who doesn’t need a fresh tool to add to their intimacy arsenal? It’s a win-win for everyone. It’s also be a great way to help your partner let go of worry, and outside of any existing health concerns in that region, why wouldn’t we? Why not, dogs and cats like it; do they know something we don’t?
Check it out for yourself, if you aren’t sure whether a tummy massage would feel good, place both your palms on your tummy and rub gently with your fingers and thumbs as you take a deep breath in and out, that should be a pretty good indicator that your tummy needs attention, other than the food and water kind.
If it feels good, pass it on. People are amazing. We have the power to heal with loving touch.
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