06 August, 2010

A Secret Method to Wipe Out Your Headache

A colon massage is a way to rub down your abdomen to stimulate the activity of the colon, getting things moving again. It can energize the muscular, wave-like contractions of the intestines (peristalsis) to move their contents along during digestion and, eventually send the waste products out the rectum. You can find relief from constipation; headaches; flatulence; bloating; and even fatigue. Another secret I will share with you is that by combining this method with therapeutic grade essential oils, you increase its effectiveness many-fold.

You can even teach your children to do a colon massage for themselves

You already know that over eating, or eating the wrong foods, can cause tummy aches, diarrhea, or constipation. Your food choices can also cause headaches. For example, eating too much salt and animal products could give you a squeezing, vise-like pain in the back of your head. A frontal headache can be caused by overindulging in sugar, chocolate, alcohol, or fruit juice. Side head pain can be caused by taking excessively greasy or oily food. Food additives, like MSG can cause pain at the top of your head. So, the next time you are stuck in the throes of a pounding headache, give yourself a colon massage using Essential Oils. See how quickly you find relief.

Let’s start with a quick review from your high school anatomy class. I know, you thought it was soooo boring, and you would never, ever use the information the rest of your life. Surprise! Here’s where that knowledge will come in handy.

The colon begins where the small intestine ends - on the lower right side of the abdomen. It proceeds upward to the bottom of the rib cage. Crossing the stomach, it stretches to the left side of your abdomen. For those of us who are older, or a little pudgy, the colon may droop in the middle. A longer portion of the colon drapes down the left side, connecting to the rectum, deep in the center of your body.

Begin by laying down on a flat surface – preferably on a bed or the floor. Bend your knees.

Apply a few drops of peppermint, fennel/anise, tarragon, diluted ginger, Release, Di-Gize, or even one of the citrus oils. All are excellent for digestive issues. If the essential oils are too intense, just rub a small amount of unscented vegetable oil (olive, sesame, almond, or coconut oil ) on top of the essential oil. You can also mix a drop or two of the essential oil with a teaspoon of the carrier oil.

With a closed fist or the tips of your fingers, begin massaging on the lower right side of the abdomen in small circles. Work up along the right side. Continue massaging across, a little under the rib cage. Then proceed to rub, in your circles, down the left side. Follow the path of the large intestine.

Take your time. There is no reason to rush. Massage at least 1-2 minutes before moving to the next area. Pressure can be applied during the massage. How much pressure depends on the tolerance level of each individual. Usually you will find an area that is exceptionally tender or downright painful. This is the area where you want to concentrate your massage. Start with a more gentle pressure, but stay with it until you can get in there and massage with conviction. More than likely, your headache originates from that very spot.

Continue massaging until you feel your headache dissipating or your abdomen feels soft and squishy and the tender spots are not quite so tender. I like to do at least 3-4 complete passes over the large intestine followed with gently kneading the center of my abdomen, to give the small intestine some encouragement. You might find that you will release gas or you may have to use the bathroom. Both of these are good signs.

I prefer to perform my own colon massages. You, on the other hand, might choose for someone else to do the massaging. The technique is still the same. Up the right side, across and down the left. If you do have someone available who can do foot reflexology, complete your session with them working on your large intestine vita-flex points in the same direction and using the same essential oils.

Colon massages can help to ease colic in babies and soothe digestive upset or headaches in children. Be sure to dilute the essential oil 50:50 before applying to their sensitive skin. For newborns, just massage lightly in a clockwise direction without the essential oils, opting to put the peppermint or Di-Gize on the bottoms of their feet instead.

Next time you have a headache, or feel bloated and gassy, Take a break and treat yourself to a colon massage with the extra added boost of essential oils. You may well find renewed energy to get on with your day.

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