Self-care practices are essential to prioritize your physical and mental well-being. One of these self-care techniques is an abdominal massage, designed specifically to aid in relieving bloating and other digestive discomforts.
In just three minutes, you can experience relief and relaxation in your belly with this simple technique.
To start, find a comfortable and quiet place where you can lie down and focus on your breath. Gently rub a few drops of organic fractionated coconut oil with essential oil, such as peppermint or ginger, on your belly. Fractionated coconut oil is a light oil that does not stain clothes!
Self Care Abdominal Massage for Bloating Technique
Begin by using light pressure and circular motions with your fingers, starting from your lower right abdomen and moving up towards your ribcage. Then, move across to your left side and down to your lower left abdomen. Continue massaging for three minutes, taking deep breaths, and releasing any tension in your body.
This practice not only relieves bloating and digestive discomfort but also promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being. Try incorporating it into your self-care routine and notice the benefits it can bring to your body and mind.
One thing I noticed from doing this massage is the tightness and bloating under my ribcage softened. My period cramps also lightened. I also felt more in my body and more connected to my intuition and gut feelings.
In Chinese medicine, the abdomen is the center of the 12 energy channels. When the qi, or life force energy of the stomach increases, bloating will lessen.
In Western culture, we ignore and try to hide our bellies with Spanx. You’ll never see an image of a woman touching her belly in the media unless she’s pregnant. Self touch actually increases our feel good hormone, serotonin.
A relaxing feminine energy bath ritual would be amazing before or after this massage to deeply calm your nervous system. I’d love to hear your experience if you tried this 3 Minute Self Care Abdominal Massage for Bloating.