Eastern and indigenous healers alike regard the woman’s core, particularly her uterus, as the center of her being. In their cultures they similarly address the abdominal area with massage and movements to ensure that the uterus is aligned and the pelvic region is in balance. If it’s ever misaligned, they believe, everything else in her life will be off balance. These practitioners also consider the abdomen very important in treating anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic stress and other mental health conditions, and believe that abdominal massage directly improves mental and emotional well-being.
Visceral manipulation involves abdominal massage that combines pressing, deep strokes, and gentle movement to release restrictions in your core structures. The fascia and muscles of the core are treated, and the abdomen is massaged to increases the circulation of blood and nutrients into the organs. . The goal is to restore the pliable, mobile state that helps your organs get the circulation, nutrients, and suppleness they need to function properly. This also allows the muscles in the region to relax, reduces cramping and constipation and even lower back pain. As restrictions are gently released, the pelvic organs return to their proper position which in turn allows the hormones to go into balance as well.
Abdominal massage helps to:
improve blood circulation to and from the organs
reduces pain and bloating
accelerates waste removal
enhances hormone production
stomach, intestines and pancreas are better able to convert food into energy
allows the diaphragm to contract more fully
potentially increases lung capacity and strengthens respiration
reinforces the ability of the liver and kidney to detoxify waste products in the blood
Before you begin your treatment It is advised to refrain from eating two hours prior to your massage, and you should empty your bladder. Please wear leggings or flexible shorts that are loose for movement, and have accessibility to your stomach and back.
Contraindications This list is not exhaustive but some common reasons for not having abdominal massage are pregnancy, GI disorders in flare up, abdominal aneurisms and skin rash or irritation on the abdomen. Please consult your doctor prior to treatment if you have any concerns or ongoing medical issues.
NOTE: If you are interested in this specific treatment, please book a regular massage for whichever time suits you, and this will be incorporated into your session.
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Anne holds additional certification in: Treating Pelvic Conditions, Pelvic Floor Health - Sutherland Chan School of Massage Therapy Lymphatic Drainage Massage - Centre for Natural Health & Holistic Studies Thai Yoga Massage - Still Light Centre Paediatric Massage (4-12 years) - Massage for Kids Healthy Breast Educator (women's health) - Sat Dharam Kaur, ND (Mammalive) Nutrition + Dietetics - Shaw Academy Myomassology - Canadian Institute of Myomassology Abdominal + Visceral Massage - Bodyology Massage School Traditional Chinese Fire Cupping, Tui Na, Raindrop Therapy, Aromatherapy - Aromatica School of Holistic Studies
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