Weight loss massage helps to improve the circulation of blood in the body and lower stress. Massages are effective, non-invasive and pain-free ways of losing weight and fat.
Massage and Weight Loss
During times of high stress, the body is inclined to a fight or flight response that’s triggered by the release of cortisol. At such times, digestion of food by the intestines is stopped by the body’s defense mechanism as the energy required to digest food is diverted to help the body fight the danger it faces. Massage is known to reduce the amount of cortisol released by the body, and less amounts of cortisol in the body mean that digestion of the food in the intestines is unimpeded and weight loss abetted.
How to do an Abdominal Massage
You should lie on your back with your knees on bolsters. Relax for a few minutes to become calm and stress-free. Stroke the colon and apply oil or heat to the skin if you prefer. You should use minimum pressure when you inhale and maximum pressure when you exhale. Your strokes should coincide with each inhalation and exhalation as this stimulates the diaphragm and encourages deeper abdominal breathing. Your hands should follow the expansion and contraction of the abdomen with each inhalation and exhalation.
Before you exhale, you should move your right hand on the right side of the abdomen in a counter clockwise direction and your left hand on the left side of the abdomen in a clockwise direction at least 10 times. Only then should you exhale. The circular movements push the abdominal wall against the intestines and it’s essential that you feel the intestines for the massage to be effective. The stroking should continue with the movement of both hands directed towards the center of the abdomen. After you reach the center of the abdomen, you should continue stroking upwards and then go downwards toward the groin area.
Benefits of an Abdominal Massage
The aim of an abdominal massage is to stimulate the intestines, and this stroking should be carried out for at least 10 minutes. The ileocecal valve is strengthened by this massage and prevents the backward flow of the feces from the colon into your small intestine. Massage also helps move any fecal matter that’s stuck in a part of the colon and the removal of this blockage helps to stop the growth of bacteria and inflammation of the abdomen.
Massage Other Areas of the Body
Target those areas of your body where you want to lose weight and massage those areas in a clockwise direction. Apply gentle pressure, then start kneading, pinching and rolling the skin for maximum effect. Your arms, legs and buttocks can be massaged in addition to your abdomen.
Massage can improve the circulation of blood around your body and can aid in complete digestion of food. Improved circulation increases your rate of metabolism and helps you lose weight. Improved digestion also has the same results.