Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is known medically as a disorder relating to the large intestine. It’s also known as spastic colon or spastic bowel and is not an inflammatory condition. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhoea or constipation, or both. IBS is common and most people have experienced it at some point in their lives and it can resolve itself without intervention. If it persists it can have a big impact on their lives often affecting ability to work, socialize and generally live life.
It can be caused by food intolerances but my belief is that can often mask underlying issues that need to be addressed. Tension in the stomach and abdomen can cause disruption in the digestion process which can show up as food intolerances and bowel irritation.
When IBS persists it leads to the malabsorption of food which directly impacts the bodies ability to create and maintain energy reserves.
How we each process stress differs and therefore the physical signs of it in our bodies also differ. Stress in one person causes constipation and in another diarrhoea. Both conditions relate to a number of factors including hormones, habits, diet, lifestyle and muscle tension.
Often my clients have been dealing with issues for a long time and when they come to see they are feeling hopeless and have lost confidence in their bodies and health. Re-building their confidence is an important part of helping them reclaim their health. It’s a calming factor, a grounding that relieves anxiety – it’s a very real factor in healing and it ties into all aspects of the body that are causing the exaggerated state of illness.
- Do I need to do anything prior to the session?
- Try not to eat 2hrs before coming and arrive 5 minutes before your session so you can sit and relax making the most of your time.
- Clothes on or off? Clothes stay on for the session and I recommend you wear something comfortable and loose or gym clothes.
- Can I change if I’ve come from work or school? Yes, there are changing facilities available.
- Why to people come to me? Often, they feel lost and hopeless. They are in pain, are experiencing fatigue or have chronic digestion issues.
- Do we talk during the session? That is entirely your choice, some people like complete silence, some like to chat a bit and some talk throughout the session. Again, you are in charge here and you can guide the level of verbal interaction. There will be times when it is important for there to be silence but I will also encourage you to give me feedback.
- Will I feel like I need to go to the bathroom when you are massaging my abdomen? It’s best to goto the toilet prior to a session. We can always take a break if needed.