There is a topic most people don’t feel comfortable talking about once they arrive to a resort or hotel. You can read on their face that something is not alright, and it’s not about the villas, their butler or the weather.
That is why I love working in the spa. Guests are usually more open about the way they feel. My favourite visitors are women who whisperingly tell me they are bloated and constipated. Why are they my favourite? Because I can help.
Tools are usually very simple and they go something like this: loads of water (especially warm water with lemon), healthy probiotics (these ones are my favourite), Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Abdominal Massage) and a yoga practice (check below).
So for all the lovely travelling queens that are done with belly pain, here is a yoga practice to activate your parasympathetic nervous system. This system is responsible for REST & DIGEST mode of your body and we can activate it with breath awareness and wonderful therapeutic yoga postures.
*** Happy Frog For Healthy Gut ***
Go into a deep squat and press your elbows on the inner side of your knees. Lengthen your spine, close your eyes and breathe deeply. Focus mostly on exhales and with every exhalation push the belly deep inside. I like to count for 4 while inhaling and for 8 while exhaling. Stay in the pose for at least 3 minutes and if you have problems with bringing heels on the ground just keep the off the ground.
*** Standing Child Pose With Extra Pressure For Extra Release ***
Instead of me massaging your belly, use an extra yoga mat to add a bit of pressure on your belly. It won’t hurt, I promise. Forward fold, soften your knees, relax your neck and head and press fingers into the mat. Deep breathing, focusing on exhalations (like in previous exercise). 3 minutes is minimum and if your legs start shaking, just bend your knees even more lift your hips higher.
*** Relaxing Twist For Relaxed Nerves ***
With one hip facing the extra mat, gently lie down. Bend one arm and rest on it, the other arm stays close to the body or you might even stretch it over the head. This one is a deep one, especially after 3 minutes on one side. Be mindful to exit the pose slowly and repeat it on the other side.
Happy digesting. 😉
What about you? Have you ever felt bad on holidays just because your belly didn’t feel good? Let me know in the comments so we can finally talk openly about our gut. 😉