What is abdominal massage and palpation?

Abdominal massage is one of the oldest forms of massage still practiced today, and one which forms an essential component in many traditional and classical medicine systems around the world. This is due to the understanding that the digestive system, consisting of the small and large intestines, as well as the stomach and spleen pair, work tirelessly to deliver life in the form of nutrients, water and oxygen to our cells. The digestive system is considered our second brain, and houses not only our Dan Tien (source of Qi/energy) but also the Manipura Chakra - the centre of our intention and will.

In traditional and classical medince, the abdomen is thought of as a miniature reflection of the entire body, with each organ reflected in a different part or quadrant of the abdomen. Palpation of the abdomen to determine temperature, noise, obstruction, tone, and more, is often used as a diagnostic, in conjunction with the taking of the pulse, to determine if an ailment or illness has an external or internal cause, as well as which organ or meridian is affected. This ultimately helps in which form of treatment would be most effective.

Acupuncture, acupressure and massage are often used solely on the abdomen, instead of on other parts of the body, as is seen in auricular acupuncture. The abdomen is an area that mirrors the body and can be effectively treated without needing to access any other part of the body.

Abdominal massage is an integral part of Traditional Thai massage and sliding cup massage.

Posted by Jasmin on Feb 08, 2024

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