Rhythmical Massage Therapy for Gas and Bloating

Elements of treatment

  • To support the interaction of the formative forces acting in the patient’s air organism with the fluid organism of their intestine, which should be in constant motion:
    Treat with a connecting figure-eight pattern between the chest and the hips
    Hip treatment that includes the lower back
    Abdominal treatment
    with warmly breathing, rhythmically shaping circles in the entire abdominal region.

  • To harmonize respiratory activity in the metabolism:
    Rhythmical embrocation of the kidneys is the primary treatment.
    Sometimes this application alone can eliminate the symptom complex of “bloated belly”.
    Also helpful are qualities of touch and motion in the diaphragm area that support breathing, and long strokes of the sympathetic nervous system. 

  • To calm the tense sensory organization in the digestive tract
    and relieve painful tension of the over-inflated intestine, which may also shift into a cramping of the abdominal muscles, soothe with:
    calm, warming, circular movements when rhythmically massaging around the navel.
    Gently efferent qualities of touch on the thighs and lower back are also helpful.

Recommended substances

Oxalis, Folium 10% ointment WELEDA
Carraway oil
Melissa oil WELEDA, WALA
Note: WALA Melissa oil also contains essential oils of caraway and fennel.
Red Copper Ointment WALA (also available as Kupfer Salbe rot) or copper massage oil LICHTERDE (available as Kupfer Massage-Öl)

 

Research news

Pilot study  on the clinical effect of yarrow liver compresses  
Liver compresses are commonly applied in integrative cancer treatment and are believed to have an energizing effect. A randomized pilot study was conducted to investigate the influence of yarrow liver compresses on the autonomic nervous system by analyzing heart rate variability in metastatic cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and suffering from cancer-related fatigue. The study found that this application led to increased sympathetic activity during daytime in the intervention group, whereas in the control group, which did not receive any external application, increased parasympathetic activity. The study is open access:  
https://doi.org/10.1177/15347354221081253


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