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Constipation

Your digestive system is key to your health and wellbeing. 

When it’s not working well, it can leave you dealing with unpleasant symptoms and lack of energy because your body can’t easily digest what you’re eating and absorb the nutrients it needs to let you enjoy your life.

What is constipation?

Simply put, constipation is a situation where bowel movements are infrequent (less than three per week) and hard to pass. The stool may be hard and dry. 

Ideally you should be having an easy to pass bowel movement at least once a day.

Symptoms of constipation

  • Infrequent bowel movements
  • Pain during bowel movements
  • A feeling of incomplete bowel movement
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating

Chronic constipation is experiencing these symptoms for weeks or months at a time.

What causes constipation?

  • Nutrition: a lack of fibre in your diet can definitely be a factor in causing constipation
  • Dehydration: not drinking enough water can also contribute to constipation. 
  • Blockages in the colon that make the passage of waste slow down
  • Nerve related issues: Neurological problems can affect the nerves that cause muscles in the colon and rectum to contract and move stool through the intestines. Causes include: Damage to the nerves that control bodily functions (autonomic neuropathy)
  • Tight Pelvic floor muscles: that don’t relax enough to allow for an easy bowel movement
  • Weak pelvic floor muscles: Lack of coordination of pelvic floor muscles: 
  • Hormonal issues: Diseases and conditions that lead to hormonal imbalance may lead to constipation, eg Diabetes, during pregnancy, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)

Sobada and reflexology for constipation: 

Gentle Sobada abdominal and back massage improves the blood supply to your digestive organs, helps improve the communication in the nervous system which allows your digestive system to function better. 

The relaxing abdominal and back massage helps relax tension in your abdomen and return organs to their optimum position. Often the function of the intestines improves when all the cells are receiving the blood, nerve energy and release of waste products they need. 

I incorporate hand and foot reflexology to help you truly relax and return to a state of balance. Reflexology is very effective for digestive related issues.

What can you expect following treatment? 

  • easier bowel movements
  • less abdominal pain and cramping 
  • less heaviness and bloating after eating
  • improved energy levels 

Nutrition and constipation

Constipation can sometimes be improved by eating more fibre. Fruits and vegetables and whole grains contain fibre. However do make sure you also increase your water intake if you are increasing the amount of fibre you are eating.

Emotional release

While Sobada Abdominal massage is great at  creating a physical change in your belly, it’s also effective in supporting emotional change. 

We hold the tension related to certain experiences and emotions in our bellies and when we give ourselves space to express our feelings (verbally or non-verbally) we allow for healing of what needs to be healed. 

I believe that when you feel calmer and more relaxed your body is more likely to heal.

EFT Tapping for constipation:

In addition, I’ve successfully helped people with digestive issues using EFT Tapping. This option is especially useful if you can’t come to my office in Modi’in as EFT Tapping can be done very successfully via Zoom.

Read more about tapping here.

I’m a holistic therapist and I am here to help you!

 

I love helping women to overcome their fertility challenges and other issues related to your cycles, pregnancy, periods and/or anxiety. 

I treat women with abdominal and womb massage techniques known as Sobada (formally the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage) and reflexology.

I’m also an Advanced EFT Tapping practitioner and I work with women in particular issues around anxiety, depression, stress levels. 

I teach Fertility Awareness to help women better know their bodies and improve their chances of conceiving or prevent pregnancy naturally.     

I live in Modi’in, Israel and that’s where I spend my days helping women during their fertile years, pregnancy, menopause and other hormonal conditions. Bodywork sessions (massage and reflexology take place in my clinic in Modi’in but EFT Tapping sessions and Fertility Awareness education can take place online or in person).

You can learn more about what I’ve studied here.

Testimonials

Wonderful Annette, 

 

I came to you when I was in a lot of physical and emotional pain and from the first treatment you changed my world and returned me to life. Thank you for the warm and loving touch which was exactly what I needed. Thank you for listening and holding space for me. You are wonderful and unique. I always look forward to your treatments with baited breath. Thank you so much.  

 

Ilana

Great treatment! Thank you. You have a great touch. You get right to the issue and work on it gently. You apply pressure when needed but know also how to deal with sensitive spots. I look forward to our sessions.

My dear Annette, the more I know and experience your treatments, the more I really feel your dedication and love for what you do and give. And you give a lot just by being you. In your quiet manner and the way you have of listening to the body. I thank you for everything. I thank G-d for getting to know you, it has been a great privilege. My body also thanks you. You are one of a kind. I love and wish you a happy and sweet new year and may you continue to do good and have a good impact on the world. 

Shula.

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