Ever experienced ‘butterflies in your tummy?’ Underlying this sensation is an often-overlooked network of neurons lining our gut that is so extensive some scientists have nicknamed it our “second brain”.
A mass of neural tissue, filled with important neurotransmitters, does much more than merely handle digestion, or inflict the occasional nervous pang. The little brain in our innards, in connection with the big one in our skulls, partly determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body.
This multitude of neurons in the enteric nervous system enables us to “feel” the inner world of our gut and its contents. We hold all our emotions in our gut – 95% of the body’s serotonin is found in the bowel. Unhappy bowel, unhappy body, unhappy mind.
Abdominal sacral massage:
- Encourages emotional release
- Encourages the release of unwanted memories
- Improves mood and emotional well-being
- Calming effect on the nervous system