If you can get into the position to do this technique (not everyone will be able to) you’re going to LOVE this for increasing the health of your entire abdominal cavity and gut-brain axis via the vagus nerve.
There are a lot of “gut smash” techniques out there that presumably help you release abdominal fascia, but most of these are done face down on a ball…and the name (gut smash) is appropriate here because when you are face down like that putting your weight onto a ball, you are indeed SMASHING your guts. I’ve never supported or endorsed these versions of releasing abdominal fascia because it’s difficult to control, breathing in a way that allows your abdomen to expand and contract easily is challenging, and maneuvering into the abdominal cavity itself (versus penetrating all the way through to your spine, or forcing your body to compensate to protect your spine and vital organs) always seemed impossible.
Today I bring you my newly invented gut or abdominal fascia release technique, which I now believe is superior to my previous technique of going into the abdominal cavity with your hands for general overall reduction in gut tension, inflammation and bloating.
However – not all of you will be able to do this. It requires hip flexibility that, for example, my man Stefan doesn’t have (boo!)
That’s a mouthful and I don’t talk about that much in the video, so if you’re reading this – good for you! You’ll get some extra info and tips.
If you want more info on why I believe periods should be painless and how to achieve this, click here.
If you process emotions in your gut or experience chronic anxiety, this could help because we’re connecting the gut and brain via the gut-brain axis. Within your abdominal cavity are not only your vital organs, but also the primary nerve connecting your gut to your brain – the vagus nerve, which is directly connected to your organs and constantly sending signals from your brain to your gut and your gut to your brain. By contacting your small intestines, large intestine, end range of your diaphragm, your liver and the rest of what exists in your abdominal cavity that we’ll touch with this technique you’ll be able to connect your brain and body via the vagus nerve communication pathway.
While we want to do some fascia release here (shearing anything we can or at least doing some pinning and stretching), another primary reason to do this one is a reset of your enteric nervous system which is embedded into your gastrointestinal system. Because the enteric nervous system is responsible for motor functions, local blood flow and proper excretions of toxin containing mucus (lymph flow) in addition to modulating your immune system and endocrine functions (basically the regulation of all our hormones and related processes)…this technique has powerful potential to be not just body-changing but life-changing.
You’ll need a softball for this technique. I do NOT recommend anything smaller, or anything squishy (like I see a lot of people using for those gut smash techniques I mentioned). A small medicine ball could work nicely.
Please watch the video to follow along and get my full instructions.
Please let me know what you think about this in the comments section! I can’t wait to hear about your results.
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