Abdominal Self-Care Bolstering Tips

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Hello dear abdominal folks! 

This is a very short video to address one of the biggest things that needs to happen before we start working with our bellies. 

We go over this in depth in the Recover program and in the Getting Started program over on my website, but I just want to give you a quick primer so that you can really start getting into your own self-care in a really effective way. 

We need to make sure that as we’re doing our abdominal self massage that all of the work (all of the muscle work) is staying in our hands and our arms, and then our belly, our spine, and our hips are staying as open and relaxed and released as possible while we’re doing this muscle work with our hands and arms. So having yourself properly set up with bolsters is one of the best ways to make sure that happens. 

The first place that a bolster can go for most people is under the knees. You can use one of these nice round bolsters, you can use something more like a yoga bolster, you can use just basic pillows that you have at home underneath your knees, you can stack them if you need. 

One of my favorite ways to make bolsters for myself is just to use blankets or towels and roll them up to put them under your knees. As we talked about in the programs, if laying on your back is not in the cards, side lying is always an option. Making sure that you’re bolstered under your knee and your hips, or your head, anywhere that needs that safe bolstering place. 

And we’re not done! Once you’re lying down state is nice and comfortable and bolstered, we need to make sure that the elbows and shoulders are bolstered in order to support the arms and hands as they’re doing all of this work in our bellies. Almost everybody ends up needing a bolster underneath their arm, their elbow, all the way up under their shoulder, and it helps to support the weight of your arm and allow it to also stay relaxed while it is doing all of this work in the belly. 

There are lots of different ways to do this, these are the primary ones. If you want more information on this, head on over to AbdominalAdhesionTreatment.com, or if you don’t want to type all of that in, just type in HealMyBelly.com that’ll get you there. 

And sign up for one of the programs! I would love to see you there, and even if you don’t sign up for one of the programs, there are all of the articles and blog posts. All of the good stuff that I post there for your education and to help you get this work done for yourself. 

All right, I’ll see you in the next video!

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Isabel Spradlin
Isabel Spradlin
Isabel Spradlin is a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and abdominal adhesion specialist in Portland, OR. She specializes in educating people about manual treatment (massage) for abdominal pain and dysfunction, especially when it is adhesion related. Please see the "Programs" page to see her offerings.

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