Section 7. Massage 

Smiley Tummy provides a guide for the practise of self abdominal massage but please read the contraindications on the Massage page and consult your medical professional if you have any concerns before you commence. 

When & where should self abdominal massage be carried out? 

Self abdominal massage should be done on an empty stomach, so ideally about 2 hours after a meal, in the evening or first thing in the morning. We recommend that you carry out the massage where you are most comfortable and able to relax such as lying down in bed. It can also be done sitting on the toilet during a bowel movement. Please see the Massage page for more on this. 

How often should self abdominal massage be done? 

When you are comfortable doing this massage it can be carried out daily but not more than once a day. Please check the contraindications on the Massage page.  

What are the benefits of self abdominal massage? 

Self abdominal massage can help to improve your digestion and relieve constipation by encouraging the movement of stools through your colon. It can also help to release gas and stomach cramps and through improved relaxation of the abdomen it can be stress relieving. See more details about the benefits on the Massage page.