Massage Techniques To Aid Digestion

For the past few weeks I’ve been talking about massage therapy marketing and advertising but I haven’t really talked about massage techniques. A friend gave me a suggestion to write this topic and I thought it was a great idea.

Have you ever had a client in your massage business who comes to you for massage to help their digestion and not known what to do about it? Its common knowledge that massage therapy is helpful for getting energy flow to the abdominal region to alleviate pain and discomfort, but is that all there is? IS there something beyond Swedish massage techniques that can help our clients?

When I was studying massage for the first time I learnt a number of really good points on the body to help with massage techniques to aid digestion. And I wanted to share a few of them with you.

I found a really great massage technique to aid digestion that was a combination of acupressure and Swedish. I found that when I worked on the abdomen to relieve digestion pain and discomfort first and then worked on other acupressure points to stimulate the energy to the area. The great thing about this massage technique was that you could gently apply pressure to the digestion/stomach points whilst creating a great sense of relaxation and calm for the client. You could work the acupressure points in with your Swedish effleurage techniques. Gently at first then ask the client if its okay to hold the pressure for a bit until that point has no more pain. When the client has no more pain on this point you would have helped to clear the energy blockage of that pressure point. As a consequence, you will have helped the condition and give the bodies’ response to that condition a head start on healing and well being.



If you look on an acupressure chart you will find several points relating to the digestion and stomach. Let’s take for example the legs. There is a acupressure point that you can apply pressure to. If your client doesn’t mind having his or her legs massage you can simply apply some firm pressure in the form of ‘digipressure’ or firm Swedish massage “stomach 36”. You’ll find this point four finger-widths below the kneecap outside the shinbone. You can create this effective technique on both legs. This point is commonly referred to as ‘Zusanli’ is Stomach 36. It’s is one of the most frequently used of all acupuncture points.

You can also use Reflexology points as a massage technique to aid digestion. What I mean by this is that you can offer to do a relaxing foot massage at the end of the treatment as a nice way to finish off, and gently work with your thumbs into the reflexology points to stimulate the energy flow to the digestion.

Finding helpful massage techniques to aid digestion for your clients will give you great credibility with your clients. It’s always a great thing to do for them if you can incorporate other modalities into your massage business. You’ll be able to help clients in the massage treatment session and they will appreciate your keen willingness to provide good service for them.

Keep up that great work!

Amy Roberts

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7 Responses to “Massage Techniques To Aid Digestion”

  1. 1 Selena February 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Thanks Amy. I am studying acupuncture and find massage a great way to ease people into the treatment. They relax more and it doesn’t hurt as much.

  2. 2 Cate June 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I love this website of yours Amy, thanks. I am looking forward to graduation and becoming a massage therapist for real.

  3. 4 Edna July 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I think there are many points along the bowel and s.i that help the stomach and other parts of the body too.

  4. 5 Henry July 19, 2013 at 3:22 am

    Amy I find your stuff really helpful.

  5. 6 Kaye July 21, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Amy, thanks for your website and all it’s lovely information. I have several clients with digestion problems and found your article very helpful.

  6. 7 July 17, 2014 at 3:38 am

    I really like what you guys are usually up too. Thiss type of
    clever work annd exposure! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve added you guys to my personal blogroll.

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