Simple Self-Massage Techniques for Your Stomach

Be Kind to Your Tummy with Self-Massage

Linda Canning

March 12, 2018

Painful tummy?

Try these simple self-massage techniques to help ease digestive discomfort.

As well as helping to ease sore muscles and relax your mind, massage can also be used to soothe the pain and discomfort of constipation. Massage helps to move waste products around the bowel if you’re constipated. As well as that, it also helps to indirectly relax your nervous system which can, in turn, ease the pressure from your gut.


Although lying down is preferable in terms of comfort, you can massage while sitting up.

Stroke up from the right hand side of your stomach with your hand and across and then work your way down to your left hand side.

From the left-hand side - the left lower abdominal wall - do small circling motions with your finger tips and then move back the way you came, so up the left, across to the right and then back down the right to the right lower abdominal wall. Repeat. 

You need to press reasonably hard to be able to get past your abdominal wall muscles. You’re making a dent into your abdomen possibly an inch or two deep.

Lady receiving stomach massage

Top Tips & Advice

Don’t try these techniques if you’re full from a meal. Avoid these massages if you’re pregnant, have inflammatory bowel disease, bowel disease or if you have bowel cancer.

If you’re still in discomfort, consider seeing Bearsden Osteopaths.