Massage can be an amazing tool for relieving nausea. Massage can be used to treat nausea in everybody, including pregnant women. Let’s look at some ways that massage can help with nausea.
Self-massage is a great way to relieve nausea. Many people hold their stress in their gut. This can lead to nausea and vomiting, as well as a general queasiness that is present at all times. By gently massaging the abdomen, nausea can be greatly reduced. The motion of the massage is important when being performed on the abdomen. Massaging in a counterclockwise motion is indicated when there is digestive upset because if follows the natural path of the gastrointestinal tract. This motion also helps with peristalsis of the stomach and intestines.
Reflexology is another form of massage that can be beneficial for people experiencing nausea. Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands and ears. The theory behind this technique is that these areas correspond to organs and systems in the body. When pressure is applied to these areas, it is thought to affect the organs and benefit a person’s health. For nausea, there are two specific areas that the therapist would focus on. These are the arch of the foot and the heel because these areas correspond to the abdomen and the organs in the abdomen.
There are also specific acupressure points that are known to be helpful for relieving nausea. Here are just a couple:
Pericardium 6 – This point is located bilaterally on the underside of the forearm. The point is two finger widths above the center of the wrist crease, between the two visible tendons. PC6 is the magic point for relieving many different kinds of nausea. It does this by harmonizing the stomach.
Stomach 36 – Stomach 36 is commonly referred to as the Longevity Point. It is located bilaterally on the lower outer leg. It can be found 1 finger-breadth from the border of the upper tibia and about 3 thumb-breadths below the lower border of the knee cap. This point boosts the energy of the body and stimulates the immune function. Because it is located on the stomach energetic pathway, it is an excellent choice for treating any kind of stomach related issue.
Lastly, using essential oils can be particularly healing. When nausea is present, essential oils can be extremely beneficial. By mixing organic lavender oil, organic peppermint oil and organic defractionated coconut oil, you can massage away the nausea and smell good too. Essential oils have been used for centuries to help the body heal. Adding them to a quick acupressure massage or onto the affected area, may give you all the relief you need.
Regular massage can keep the digestive tract functioning and flowing properly, which will allow for easy handling of things like nausea. Massage is also very relaxing and this can help if the nausea is stress-induced. Relax, enjoy the massage and watch your nausea disappear.