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Love Your Colon: Part II

by Riva Preil

I know you have been waiting patiently for more details about the I Love You massage. Well, today is your lucky day, because you are about to discover a wonderful way relax your core and help promote colonic motility.

Here’s how to do it:

Lie on your back- preferably on your bed, but a firm sofa or other comfortable surface will do. You might want to wedge a couple of pillows under your knees. Use your hand in the most comfortable way possible- either as a fist, using your fingers, or using the edge of the palm. Begin on the left side of the body- think of the belly button as the center- just beneath the left rib cage, and massage down toward the pubic bone in a straight line. In other words, draw the letter “I†from the bottom of your rib cage downward. In doing so, you are massaging your descending colon. Repeat 15x.

Now for the L: This time, start on the right side of your body, just under the rib cage to the right of the belly button. Massage from right to left, then down toward the pubic bone: across, then down, as in the letter “Lâ€. This also massages both the descending and the transverse colon. Repeat 15x.

Finally, draw the “Uâ€: Start to the right of the belly button, but this time, begin at the top edge of the pelvic bone, and massage up toward the right wide of the rib cage, then across to the left, then down to the top of the pelvic bone. Repeat 15x. This massages all the portions of the colon- ascending, transverse, and descending. Good luck, and feel great!

Adapted from Amy Stein’s Heal Pelvic Pain. Refer to for details.

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