Pelvic and Abdominal Massage

Pelvic and abdominal massage is a specialised massage which releases physical, energetic and emotional blockages in the belly and pelvic organs. This area is known as hara in Japanese.  In oriental medicine it is considered to be the centre of the body’s physical energy and our natural centre of gravity.  The hara is particularly susceptible to stagnation which may result from dietary and digestive problems, lymphatic, blood and fluid accumulation, poor circulation, gynaecological problems, surgical adhesions, infections, childbirth and emotional trauma.

Pelvic and abdominal massage  involves the sensitive  and systematic stimulation and release of the many structures with the belly including the abdominal wall, peritoneum, organs, glands, blood and lymph vessels and nerve plexi.

utterly life changing.....

My experience of working with pelvic and abdominal massage for nearly 20 years is that its effects in relieving abdominal and pelvic pain, breaking down scar tissue and adhesions and  generally improving the condition of the digestive reproductive and sexual organ can be, in three words, “utterly life changing”.

Pelvic and abdominal massage is a very rare therapy. It requires considerable expertise in sensitivity on the part of the therapist. To the best of my knowledge there are only a handful of clinics across the world where this kind of treatment is provided to high professional standards. I find that clients are prepared to travel a long way to experience the benefits of this treatment.

Pelvic and abdominal massage is beneficial in the following situations:

A specific treatment for pelvic and abdominal scarring

Adhesions and scarring affecting the structures within the abdomen and pelvis may be the result of surgery, infection or inflammation as in pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or be the results of diseases like endometriosis.It can have far reaching effects on health. They frequently cause pain, often intense, may affect the functioning of our digestive eliminative reproductive and sexual organs, and may have a negative impact on fertility. Pelvic and abdominal massage can break down adhesions and help to restore proper function.

A specific treatment for pelvic and genital pain

 I often think of pelvic and genital pain as the “forgotten pain”.  Frequently misdiagnosed and untreated, pain people suffer in silence.  Much pelvic pain and genital pain has its root in tension in the deep pelvic and pelvic floor muscles and often responds extremely well to pelvic and abdominal massage. I fully appreciate the embarrassment many people feel about this kind of pain and can reassure you that I always approach treatment with sensitivity and concern for your comfort.

General support for long term abdominal and pelvic problems

Pelvic and abdominal massage is a great support for people with long term digestive, and eliminative problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bloating and constipation. For women it can help with period pain, premenstrual tension, menopause and  ease some of the discomforts of fibroids.  For men it is of benefit with prostate problems and sexual dysfunction.

As a supportive treatment for back pain.

Pelvic and abdominal massage can be helpful alongside Integrated Tissue Release with back pain and sciatica. The deep muscles that line that form the back wall of the abdominal cavity, particularly the psoas muscle are also the body’s primary postural muscles.  Release of these muscles is often a crucial part of back treatment and is best undertaken as part of a full hara massage.

As a supportive treatment for asthma and other respiratory problems

Pelvic and abdominal massage pays a lot of attention to release of the diaphragm, the big dome of muscle between the chest and abdomen which is the main breathing muscle.  When  abdominal massage is extended to include release of the ribs and intercostal muscles, it can assist with full, deep relaxed breathing and alleviate symptoms of asthma and other congestive breathing problems.

Traditional oriental medicine, view good breathing as a pillar of general health and wellbeing.  Yet many people have shallow inefficient breathing.  Abdominal massage can help to regain the vitality that flows from good natural breathing.

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