Intermediate to Advanced Myofascial Digestive Release with 9” Inflatable Ball

published 2 months ago by Dr. Melissa West - Yoga Teacher - Namaste Yoga

Myofascial Digestive Release In this short advanced myofascial release practice for your digestive system, we will use a 9” inflatable ball to take a journey through your digestive system. The journey begins by stimulating your diaphragm and diaphragmatic breathing to bring more oxygen to your digestive organs so they can more effectively digest nutrients and allow your diaphragm to massage your digestive organs so that they can work more effectively. From there we will stimulate the small intestines are where you absorb and assimilate nutrients. Your small intestine is 6 meters or 20 feet long. Its job is to sort the food that comes through the small intestine, to absorb what is useful into the bloodstream and pass along what is not. Mentally and emotionally assimilation in the small intestines translates into absorbing what is useful mentally and releasing what is not. Our small intestines are overtaxed in our modern times by nutritionally deficient foods and information overload. Meaning that they are continually sorting through excessive food that is not that useful and information that is not that useful. This drains our energy and often leaves us feeling overwhelmed and difficulties sorting through the immense amount of information that comes our way. We will continue our journey through our myofascial release for the digestive system with the ileocecal valve. This valve is a one way sphincter valve blocks waste material from moving back into the small intestine. The ileocecal valve can become stuck shut or open due to stress or emotional tension. When the ileocecal valve is stuck shut it causes constipation and when it is stuck open it causes diarrhoea. Issues in the ileocecal valve can also be transferred and felt into your right shoulder, the right side of your pelvis, around your pelvis, cause headaches, dark circles under your eyes and flu like effects. From there we will continue on to your liver and gallbladder. Tightness and congestion of the fascia around the liver can affect the liver’s ability to detoxify. Supporting our liver through myofascial release can help with digestive issues such as bloating and food intolerances since the liver’s role is to process the nutrients absorbed by the small intestine. The stomach is greatly affected by stress. Chronic stress will lengthen the amount of time that food spends in your stomach and short term stress will decrease the amount of time that it spends in it. Relaxing the tissues around the stomach can support the digestive process. The stomach allows us to absorb what you need and eliminate what you do not, physically, mentally, emotionally, energetically and spiritually. When our stomach tissues are healthy we can receive nourishment from our food and from others. We will also allow ourselves to be nurtured. When we cannot stomach what has happened our stomach will churn with anxiety and we may use food to pacify our anxiety. Worry, overthinking and anxiety can be released here. The spleen is also a part of this digestive journey through myofascial release. When your spleen is strong you will experience a strong appetite, digestion and elimination. When your spleen is weak you will have poor digestion, bloating and even diarrhoea. Your spleen, like your stomach is also tied to obsessive thoughts, worry, fuzzy thinking and poor memory. When the spleen is working optimally, you will have better energy because the spleen will send the energy from your food upwards to the lungs to support the lungs in gather energy from the breath which in turn sends energy from the heart to assist it in forming blood. So, if you are feeling low on energy as well, attending to your spleen can be helpful. Finally the colon or large intestines are about releasing what your body is finished with. Once your body has absorbed what it needs, your colon excretes the waste. If constipation is an issue, myofascial release of the large intestines can help us to re...

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