What dogs absolutely love is good for humans too!
The “fire in the belly”…
it can be a spiritual understanding, a mental “knot in the gut”, or the physical burning of indigestion. What ever the experience, it is affecting your body’s core. The area beneath our ribcage and above our hips is filled with the soft organs of digestion, a bundle of physical and emotional nerves and the soft unprotected grounds of our psyche…so often overlooked and forgotten, unless it’s grumbling from lack of attention.
As a belly dance teacher who encourages students to dance from that energetic belly fire, it saddens me when I hear the way women will talk about their bellies. Exposing the belly is always optional in classes; many feel pretty vulnerable about showing off their mid-drift. I’ve heard this beautifully rounded body part described as too fat, too thin, too ugly, too lumpy, too many scars… covered up rather than embraced for the powerful, beautiful, life-filled space that it is. I’ve also watched, as confidence builds, belly scars decorated with temporary tattoos, henna, bindis and other forms of art, stomachs draped with scarves, veils, fringe and coins…and then that pivotal moment when a student will come into class, shyly undrape, to show an outfit that exposes her belly for all to see. THAT takes confidence, courage and inner strength!
Our mid-drifts hold all of the organs of digestion
…those organs that play a pivotal role in our physical and emotional absorption and elimination. If we’re bound up tight physically or emotionally our belly will talk with us loudly through tummy aches, gas, indigestion, constipation and cramping. There can be no question about it, when our belly is stressed, we hear about it. But when we take a few moments and breathe deeply into the belly, exhaling fully, we can release the tension and the ache within, when we give our belly a physical rub or a positive emotional thought it helps it to unwind from its cramped space.
Abdominal or Belly Massage is very often skipped over during a massage session despite how important it is. Studies show that in using specific massage techniques abdominal massage can help to reduce gastric upsets and pain, relieve constipation, promote good digestion, ease colic, break down scar tissue from surgery, help the uterus to unwind from menstrual cramping and soothe the nerves. Perhaps it can also, through positive touch, open one up to embracing their mid-section?
Imagine rubbing your belly first, for comfort and ease, before taking medications…
Or perhaps, experiencing good digestion and regular bowel movements…
Or soothing the grip of menstrual cramps and anxiety…
There are many essential oils, that when properly diluted with oil or lotion can enhance your Abdominal Massage. Dill, Basil, Chamomile and Fennel assist the digestion process, Clary Sage and Geranium for menstrual cramps, Peppermint and Chamomile for upset stomach related to headaches, Marjoram, Tangerine and Fennel help to release emotional stress held in the belly.
Watch for April’s Health Session Special…all about the Belly!
When was the last time that you gave your tummy a positive pat?
Do you hold stress in your belly? Is it upset at the same time that you have a headache? What positive things do you do to feed the “fire in your belly”?
DID YOU KNOW that laughter is the BEST medicine for digestion? A good belly laugh jogs and massages your internal organs.