It seems strange that abdominal massage often gets overlooked in the overall benefit of massage, while there is little debate to the benefits of muscle massages for various parts of the body. For
adults as well as for infants and young children, massaging the abdominal promotes digestion, alleviates gastric upsets, soothes the nerves related to the area of massage, and benefits the organs
that are interconnected with the stomach as well as the intestinal tract. Abdominal Massage can be excellent for stimulating the bowel movements that can become irregular or infrequent due to stress,
dietary issues, medication, or other health consideration. The muscles of the bowels require some form of stimulation in order to undulate appropriately. If the undulation does not occur,
the movement of the bowels becomes sluggish or nearly stops. A firm and intentional abdominal massage can often help stimulate these muscles and faciiitate the movements of the bowels.
This works for adults, children, and infants. When performing a stomach massage on either an infant or an adult, the pelvic region and genitals are not considered part of the stomach
massage. Colicky infants can benefit greatly from an abdominal massage.