by Teresa Graham, RMT
From a Massage Therapy or holistic therapy point of view bloating is seen as a symptom of something happening in the body. For example: a symptom of PMS and Menopause may include bloating, indigestion or inflammation in the colon may produce bloating. Regardless of the reason for the symptom, holistic health looks at the whole picture and works to reduce bloating through addressing the cause, while also reducing the discomfort that bloating can bring.
One of the best applications is abdominal massage. A practice well worth having your massage therapist give while also teaching you how to self massage at home. Abdominal massage can assist air or gas to move through the colon to be released, while helping to reduce inflammation, ease pain and improve digestion. It is a gentler form of massage where the organs between the ribs and pelvis are treated.
While the benefits of abdominal massage include improved digestion and relief of constipation it also assists in regulating metabolic function and reducing the build-up of wastes in the body. The feeling of abdominal bloating often comes about when our metabolism is impeded and wastes are not being released as they should.
Reflexology is another form of therapy that can work on the nerve endings in the feet that correspond to bloating due to gas. Adults and colicky babies alike respond really well to having that part of their foot treated.
Want to learn more? Book a session for yourself or baby at Atmosphere Health and Teresa will teach you how to self massage and/or how to treat baby for a happier, less bloated, belly.
by Dr. Amanda (Mandie) Gillette, RAc, DTCM
As a TCM practitioner and Acupuncturist, we would look at bloating as a stagnation of Qi in the abdomen. Qi is not flowing smoothly so it becomes stuck.
Think of it like a flowing river that is slowly dammed up with twigs and leaves and mud, eventually there is more water in one area and not enough water flowing through to rest of the river. One area is all bogged up, and one area becomes dried out, it is an unbalanced state.
We can look at bloating in a similar way and in Chinese Medicine we would look to the Liver Meridian or Channel as a major contributor to this unbalanced condition. The Liver is in charge of the “Free Flow” of qi in the body. During a woman’s cycle if there is an adverse flow of qi, we will feel symptoms like breast tenderness, bloating, cravings, diarrhea, constipation, and a heavy and painful flow.
Results will always vary depending on the patients diet, lifestyle, physical and emotional wellbeing. Bloating is typically seen as a symptom of something bigger, so things like worry, fear, and physical or emotional stress, eating contrary to your constitutional needs or a cold, raw diet, all factor into how you are treated and the results you will see.
But this is where Acupuncture is a beautiful health option and contrary to what is commonly thought, it is not just for pain. It will help resolve a myriad of issues that all come together to create a system of dis-ease, and help the body to find balance and wellbeing.
Dr. Amanda Gillette studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Calgary, Canada, and graduated with a Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a Registered Acupuncturist.
To book with Dr. Gillette please call us at Atmosphere Health at (403) 702-4039
by Teresa Graham, RMT at Atmosphere Health
We're closing in on "that" time of year again...colder weather, kids back in school, more time spent indoors and those wretched cold and flu bugs begin to circulate. Before the germs and viruses become too prevalent is the optimal time to think about strengthening your immune system.
The germs and bugs will still be around, however, with a strong and resilient immune system your body is in a better position to defend itself from becoming sick.
How can Massage Help?
There is an ever growing body of research that supports the benefits of Massage Therapy for the Immune System, especially during the winter months. Here are some reasons why regular treatments strengthen your immunity:
When it comes to strengthening your immune system regular massage becomes a necessity rather than a luxury as it increases both your physical and mental well-being.
When is it too late for a Massage?
A number of clients will book an appointment when suffering from a cold or the flu in the belief that it will help them to feel better. The truth is that a Massage will spread the virus and will very likely make you feel worse.
If the cold or flu has already hit, your body needs to rest, not have a muscular work out.