When you’re feeling tired, achy, and worn down, a massage is a fantastic way to loosen your muscles and leave you feeling more relaxed. The same principle applies when your gut is feeling tired and worn down. Organ massage, also called visceral massage, can help improve digestion and organ function, all while alleviating stress.
What Is Organ Massage?
Organ massage is the gentle manipulation of the organs found in your abdominal area. These include your intestines, stomach, bladder, gall bladder, spleen, uterus, and others. While you can’t voluntarily control these muscles and organs simply by thinking about them, tension can build up inside them and trigger referred pain all over your body. What’s more, certain organs, such as your liver, can harden over time and adhere to your diaphragm, which can impact your ability to breathe properly. Organ massage is thought to release this tension to improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Typically, organ massage involves first massaging all the abdominal muscles. Once they’ve relaxed sufficiently, it’s possible to massage the organs below them. There are no sudden movements, and in many cases, massage therapists will move in circular, clockwise strokes to make the experience predictable. This alleviates tension, as well, and makes the massage far more effective.
What are the Benefits?
The Mayo Clinic has conducted numerous studies on the benefits of massage. It relieves stress, it loosens muscle tension, and it can even alleviate pain. Many experts believe that organ massage can have the same benefits, among others.
- Improved Digestion – One of the best things about organ massage is its ability to stimulate blood flow to the area being treated. As such, when your intestines receive more blood flow, they’re better able to contract and move food through. This can improve digestion and alleviate numerous related symptoms, which include gas, bloating, and even constipation.
- Stress Relief – Have you ever experienced a “knot” in your stomach when you feel especially stressed out or run down? If so, you certainly aren’t alone. Organ massage can alleviate that tension and help you enter a state of relaxation.
- Stimulation of Organ Function – Each organ in your body has a very important job to do, and when those organs don’t get enough blood, they can’t do those jobs efficiently. Organ massage stimulates circulation within your organs, which allows them to work at peak capacity.
- Stronger Abdominal Muscles – Weak abdominal muscles can create several problems. These range from the buildup of abdominal fat to hernias, which occur when the intestines (or another organ) protrude through part of the abdominal musculature. Regular massage can strengthen abdominal muscles.
- Promotion of Thermogenesis – Thermogenesis is the medical term for the production of heat within the body. Organ massage creates heat through friction and stimulation, which can boost your metabolism and allow you to burn more fat.
- Release of Deep Muscle Spasms – Although you can’t voluntarily control muscular organs, they can have spasms just like the other muscles in your body. These deep muscle spasms can be uncomfortable and in some cases even painful. Regular massage can help loosen the muscles in your organs and get those spasms under control.
- Breakdown of Scar Tissue and Adhesions – Scar tissue and adhesions can form for several reasons, including post-surgical healing and some medical conditions. Regular organ massage can help break these down, which allows for healthier and more efficient organs.
As you can see, massage can certainly work wonders – but it’s not just for your back and body. Organ massage isn’t quite as popular as traditional massage just yet, but as more and more people discover the benefits, including improvements in their overall wellbeing, it’s sure to become more widely accepted.