Anyone can perform this nurturing and relaxing procedure.
It aids digestion, assists in loosening faecal compaction, eases
constipation, relieves colic, eases tension and helps regulate
breathing. To help your child’s bowels
move, try the ‘ I love you’ technique for the large intestines. With
follow the steps outlined below to first massage the small intestine and
then with ‘I L U’ in mind, follow the instructions to massage the large
Diagram A: The Gut
Diagram B: The I Love You Technique
The ‘I Love You’ Belly Massage Technique
- 1.Apply one tablespoon of preferred massage oil on the belly. Place your flat hand over your navel and shake the abdomen gently. Popular oils include the following:
Caster Oil – preferred as it helps break up faecal compaction through the skin and gut wall
are going to work on the small intestine first. Use the tips of your
two index fingers to massage the small intestines in small circular
clockwise motions around the navel.
Repeat a rotation of these circles 3 – 5 times.3.Now
we are going to work on the large intestine with the ‘I love you’
technique and the aim is to help push faecal matter along the colon to
break up the compaction or blockage. Start medium clockwise circles
from your right hip bone using the flat ends of your fingers. Gently
circle and gradually move upwards towards the first rib. This pattern
travels along the ascending colon (as shown in diagram A coloured purple) and resembles the ‘I’ (as shown in diagram B). Repeat 3 – 5 times.4.Then
continue to the next step which includes circle for both the I and the L
together so this starts from your right side hip along the ascending
colon and travels to the left side along the transverse colon (as shown in diagram A coloured blue) and resembles the ‘I and L’ (as shown in diagram B). Repeat 3 – 5 times.5.Finally,
we complete the cycle with continuing the process by combining “I L U’
motions together as we aim to move matter towards the rectum for
release. Once again start from the right hip bone up the ascending
colon, across the transvers colon and then move down the descending
colon (as shown in diagram A, coloured yellow) completing the full ‘U’ cycle (as shown in diagram B). Repeat 3 – 5 times or more.
above massage technique is encouraged two to three times daily. For
best results, prepare and apply a ‘Caster Oil Pack’ when the massage is
complete. This is a comforting and experience.
Caster Oil Pack
a tablespoon of caster oil on the abdomen, followed by placing a warm
towel and hot water bottle on top and this will help soften the faecal
compaction over time and is a gentle and non-intrusive remedy to apply.