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4 exercises to relieve constipation!

Let’s get comfortable talking about how uncomfortable it is when you are bound up.
Firstly, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, just about everyone has experienced the discomfort of constipation at some point. Secondly, there are many causes for constipation, and it is important to investigate that with your GP/naturopath/trusted health care practitioner!

In the mean time, we recommend trying to the following gentle exercises to help get things movement naturally.

GET YOUR HIPS MOVING

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– Stretch around the front of the hip by placing a knee on the floor (use a cushion for your knee if needed) and the opposite foot straight ahead
– Gently move your hips forward, placing the weight into the heel of the front foot, stopping when you feel a stretch in the front of the hip on the kneeling knee side.
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– Set up the same as before except instead of the placing the foot directly in front, move it to the side as far as comfortable
– Move your weight into the heel, shifting your hips sideways
– Stopping when you feel the stretch in the inner thighs and groin

  1. STOMACH MASSAGE WITH LEGS UP THE WALL

    – Lay on the floor with your legs reaching up the wall
    – Use pillows under your head and bottom if needed
    – Start by closing down your eyes and taking a minute to breath deeply, slowly expanding into the stomach and diaphragm.
    – Using a very small amount of natural moisturiser/coconut oil/olive oil on your hand start the massage by making 30-50 clockwise circles around your tummy. Gentle pressure to start, increasing firmness towards the end. * Should not cause pain
  1. SITTING TWIST
    – Sit with your legs outstretched and a tall spine
    – Cross one foot over the opposite outstretched leg
    – Using your arm to support your spine and keep it long, twist from the waist towards your knee
    – Hold for 6 long deep breaths, focus on twisting from your middle
    – Repeat on the other side

DEEP SQUAT

The goal of this squat is to open up and relax the colon. This is our bodies natural pooping posture before we started sitting on fancy toilets. Your body will naturally relax and open up.

Option 1: Supported squat
– Using the wall or a rail/door frame for support
Option 2: No support

Try holding the position for 1 minute or longer

We hope you find these gentle exercises a helpful place to start helping your self at home. You can do them as often as you like, remember to stay hydrated and seek the advise of your health care practitioner if your symptoms don’t improve.

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February 10, 2021

  1. Chris says:

    That is really great info. Thanks Ange. We all need this at some time or other !,

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