An Internal Massage
Certain yoga postures can give you an “internal massage” which will help keep your visceral organs healthy and maintain good digestion. In an earlier post, I wrote about the dangers of accumulating belly fat. Fat in this area suggests fat around your visceral organs (those in your thoracic cavity) which could cause heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Keeping your weight under control and taking regular exercise are the key to staying healthy, but there are other techniques that can help.
Moving the visceral organs around in the spaces they occupy can improve their mobility and therefore their function. Every time you take a deep breath, you are massaging these organs: think of the diaphragm moving up and down, pressing against them and releasing. All movements of the spine – flexion, extension, lateral flexion and rotation – will improve the mobility of the organs in all planes, so moving the spine in all these directions every day is good for the internal functioning of your body as well as the health of your back. Every organ needs a supply of blood: increasing mobility in the organs can increase blood flow, which brings in nutrients and oxygen and helps remove waste products. This increased circulation can help each organ function at its best.
Flexion and extension, keeping the spine mobile as well as providing an internal massage to the main abdominal organs with a gentle squeezing and stretching action. Move slowly and continuously with the breath 10 times, inhaling as you look up.
Parighasana (Gate Pose)
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Matsyendrasana (Spinal Twist)
A great internal massage of the abdominal organs, it encourages the flow of fresh blood to your digestive organs, increasing the health and function of your entire digestive system. Hold each side for 5 slow breaths.
Finish by laying on your back, hugging your thighs to the chest each time you exhale 3 times and then rest in Savasana.