November 03, 2011

Stomach Growling During a Massage is Normal. Really!

This week - I had about a dozen clients inspire my next post of Absolutely Human. Have you ever gotten a massage and it seems like your stomach decides to talk the whole time? Have you ever been half a sleep on the massage table when the rumbles and gurgles of your insides decide it's a good time to give a soliloquy? As a massage therapist, trust me when I say - this happens all the time. Really.

Some clients laugh.
Some are inclined to apologize.

I always say, it's just some borborygmi. It's a good thing!

Borborygmi: (pronounced /ˌbɔrbəˈrɪɡməs/; from Greek βορβορυγμός) also known as stomach growling, rumbling, gurgling, grumbling or wambling, is the rumbling sound produced by the contraction of muscles in the stomach and intestines of humans. The word borborygmus refers to this rumbling.

The "rumble" or "growl" sometimes heard from the stomach is a normal part of digestion. It originates in the stomach or upper part of the small intestine as muscles contract to move food and digestive juices down the gastrointestinal tract and functions as a sort of intestinal "housecleaning".

Massage has a way of helping things move along and getting your systems working in a better and more effective way. Why should your digestive system be left out?

There are very few professions where the mumbles and growls of your intestines are a COMPLIMENT! So don't feel self - conscious! Next time you are taking care of your whole self by getting a massage, let your borborygmi do what borborygmi does!

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