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Massage for IBS

Massage for IBS

Good evening, Sisters! I hope everyone had a GREAT weekend! It’s not quite over yet! ;). My weekend consisted of lots of food,Β drinks, family time, and relaxation. I treated myself to a pedicure, and my husband treated me to a massage! It was amazing. Now that my husband and I are both working full time again, I decided to sign up as a member at the local Massage Envy, and this is why.

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Every time I have ever gotten a massage, they mention muscle tension. I carry a lot of stress in my upper back and shoulders. I have been told that if I were to keep coming, they could work this muscle tension out. I always brushed it off, but with this last massage, as I was feeling relaxed and I heard my stomach rumbling as it released tension, I decided that I was going to do something great for my body and get this tension resolved! I have signed up to go once a month, and I believe that the more I go and work this tension out, the less stress there will be on my body, and it will ultimately improve my IBS! I also feel that just being in such a relaxed environment, will be good for me. I have never gotten 2 massages back to back in 2 months, but I will let you know if I see an improvement! Swedish massages are shown to be the best for IBS.

I also massage my stomach at home. I lay on my back and take the tips of my fingers and press hard in a circular motion on the circumference of my stomach. I start at the top and go to the left first, and back around. This relieves stress on my intestines, and relaxes my stomach!

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I’ve also learned a little bit abut reflexology, and about how we can heal our stomachs through our feet! Weird, right?! Digestion is actually the most common condition treated through reflexology.They say to take a golf ball or something similar, and press down on the ball along the inner edge of the middle part of your foot. Doing this will relax your stomach and improve circulation. Stimulating the middle part of your foot opens the energy pathways to the organs related to digestion such as the stomach, colon, and intestines. Doing this will help the blood flow and circulation to these organs and can help with a number of digestion issues.

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I am going to give massage therapy a fair shot at helping to heal my IBS. Have you ever tried massage therapy for your IBS? Let us know how it worked!

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  • sounds awesome for relaxing ! I haven’t tried massage therapy long term but I used to get massages every few months (every 4 to 5 months). I found it helped in reducing stress so I guess it helped indirectly with my IBS (reducing stress = improved IBS).

    Good luck πŸ™‚

    • ibssisters says:

      Yes! The less stress is definitely key to IBS! I need to do better about meditating in between my massage appointments though, because being relaxed one day isn’t helping as much as I need!

  • sounds awesome for relaxing ! I haven’t tried massage therapy long term but I used to get massages every few months (every 4 to 5 months). I found it helped in reducing stress so I guess it helped indirectly with my IBS (reducing stress = improved IBS).

    Good luck πŸ™‚

  • Georgie Lizzie says:

    i had reflexology for 6 weeks running – it was very expensive but seemed to work at the time! As soon as i had a bad couple of weeks I stopped though, it made me feel like i couldn’t justify the expense as the positive side effect was probably a coincidence!

  • Georgie Lizzie says:

    i had reflexology for 6 weeks running – it was very expensive but seemed to work at the time! As soon as i had a bad couple of weeks I stopped though, it made me feel like i couldn’t justify the expense as the positive side effect was probably a coincidence!

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