Self Massage

self massage     Self massage can be a great asset to many types of individuals.  I started performing self massage on myself nearly a year ago.  At first I performed it quite regularly and now only as needed.  It can be beneficial for a variety of reasons.  The reason why I originally began it was for reproductive health, however it is also excellent for digestive health as well.

     By massaging your abdomen you increase blood circulation in the organs beneath.  There are different resources online for helping someone perform massage on themselves.  I usually just lay on my back and massage in circular motion all around the abdomen, focusing on the areas that contain the uterus and ovaries.

I also perform a femoral artery massage, which basically backs up blood from the femoral artery into the abdominal cavity organs including the uterus and ovaries.  I have successfully used both of these methods to improve menstrual health and normalize the length of the menstrual cycle.

     There are certain guidelines that should be followed, including do not massage if you may be pregnant because it could induce a miscarriage, or during menstruation as it will increase blood flow.  A good schedule to start with is the day after ovulation until menstruation begins if pregnancy is not possible.  Also check with your Doctor before beginning this if you have any cystic disorders as you do not want to cause anything to rupture.

     Femoral and abdominal massage may also be useful for digestive health, as you can also increase blood flow to the digestive organs.  Thus this practice is helpful for both men and women.  When focusing on digestion, you typically work on the same areas because they also contain the lower digestive tract, however in addition also include the upper quadrants to include the stomach,  liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

     Many resources can be found online to guide you in performing self abdominal massage.  To perform femoral artery massage I found this youtube video to be quite helpful.  If you have any questions or comments on the topic please leave them below.  I highly suggest giving it a try for a few weeks and seeing if you notice any difference. 

 

 

Stubborn Fat

stubborn fat

     One of the things that even the healthiest people struggle with in their appearance is subcutaneous fat.  This is the fat that is deposited under the skin and above the muscles.  It is very stubborn as difficult to get rid of.  A little bit of subcutaneous fat is not hazardous to your health and may even have health benefits, however if it is not evenly dispersed and is settled in one area it may appear unsightly.  Please remember that although it does not correlate with health concerns, being thin and having low little of  this kind of fat does not mean that you do not have fat deposits.

     Visceral fat is the kind that surrounds your organs and carries the highest health risks.  If someone is naturally thin and has substantial muscle tone, Visceral fat may be there undiscovered.  That is why a healthy diet is just as important as a healthy lifestyle.  In other words working out does not equate a free pass to eat garbage.

     For those of you who do have a little bit of remaining stubborn fat there is hope. Research presented in 2011 from the Iranian Journal of Health and Physical Activity demonstrated how massage can decrease fat deposits.  The reasoning behind this is that fat is stored energy and to be utilized but be able to travel via the bloodstream.  Subcutaneous fat has very little blood flow and massage can increase blood flow the increasing the likelihood of stored energy being released.

     I also wrote a post of exercising for fat burn which will be useful in targeting the use of fat as energy during exercise, but increasing blood flow to the area is crucial.  As a matter of fact the next time you work out notice how warm your body feels. Then place a hand on your fat deposit and notice how cool it feels.  That is due to lack of blood flow to that area.  If you are interested in learning the specifics, check out the article here.