The gut is a HUGE and very complicated topic. This post is meant to be a signal in the dark, a stopping point where you might glimpse a piece or two of your own unique “gut” puzzle; and I’ll give you a self-help abdominal release technique you can use to begin chipping away at the tension in your belly.
While this self-help work can be extremely beneficial, if possible I highly recommend that you find someone in your area who does Mayan Abdominal Massage. My entire abdominal region has never felt so light, free and spacious as it did after a massage with someone who specializes in this work.
Before I teach you today’s technique I have a question for you:
I had horrible digestive issues for nearly 20 years that often meant I opted out of parties, excused myself from dates and hermitted at home even though I wanted to be around people because it was preferable to be alone than put a fake smile on my face and pretend I felt “normal” when I was really in a lot of pain.
The KEY (for me) to healing my gut wasn’t releasing the fascia in my abdomen.
I’m not going to tell my whole story or we’d be here all day, but essentially this boiled down to two things:
I believe all the tension, restriction and knots in our bellies are not the actual cause of our gut issues but another “symptom” alongside whatever gut or digestive issues we might be experiencing. Releasing the fascia without addressing the TRUE cause is like trying to fix a leaky faucet by catching the excess water in a bucket.
I’m not a therapist or a digestive health expert, this is simply my own personal experience and every one of you will have to find your own “right” way to get to the root cause.
The technique I’m about to show you will help in the interim, hopefully bring you some relief and might just get you more in touch with your gut and what it’s trying to tell you.
We have ten times as many proprioceptors in our fascia as we do muscle fiber.
Proprioception is our ability to feel our physical body in space, and proprioceptors are the nerves that conduct movement by telling muscles to do their job.
Fascia wraps or coats EVERY nerve ending. This includes proprioceptors, but also every other kind of nerve. Consider that we have motor nerves, sensory nerves and autonomic nerves (which regulate breathing, heart beat, digestion etc), and ALL of these converge en masse in our abdominal cavity where there is more going on than anywhere else in the body (except the brain).
The relationship between fascia and the nervous system has not been studied much yet, but I’m betting there will be some major findings in the future about the connection between fascia and how we (as individuals AND as a species) process our entire lives. Every thought, every trauma, every joy, every “butterfly” moment of nervous excitement and every single stressor – all of these experiences are happening in the nerves and FELT by the fascia (the tissue we ‘feel’ the world with).
The fascia then either moves “stuff” (experiences) through us, or…if we’re not moving through our experiences fully, this incredible system of tissues stores them for us so we can address them later.
We probably have more fascia in our gut than anywhere else in the body in large part because of all the nerves there.
The common saying when we’re stressed that “I have knots in my belly” is in fact a good literal description for anyone who processes stress or anxiety in their gut!
If this is you, chances are extremely high you have actual physical knots in your abdomen. Releasing them won’t “fix” whatever it is that’s creating them, but it will hopefully bring you some relief while you work on finding the true cause.
Even if you don’t have digestion issues, you might have knots in your belly or benefit from releasing any tightness.
Please watch the video for the tutorial of how to do this work.
Once you’ve watched the video, make sure you’re getting the most out of this work.
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