At the heart of the books, The Beauty Detox System and Beauty Detox Foods is the thought of improved digestive efficiency. By revving up your body’s ability to effectively and efficiently digest the foods you eat for fuel, you trigger optimal internal cleansing, which helps you achieve your ideal weight and optimal health.
According to Dr. Stephen Chang, who practices both Western and Chinese medicine, a two-minute massage technique provides a form of internal exercise that cleanses and detoxifies to melt away fat in a manner that is much different than the typical Western external exercises like crunches.
That’s why I love this simple massage technique so much – because its core principle is similar to the philosophy found in the Beauty Detox lifestyle.
Western-style Strength Training Exercises
While crunches are great for firming up your abdominal muscles, they don’t do anything about the layer of fat that sits on top of them. In fact, one of the persistent myths of Western exercise is that by working out the muscles, you can automatically turn fat into muscle, and that just isn’t true.
As we’ve discussed in The Beauty Detox System and The Beauty Detox Foods, fat loss comes about as a result of a few different mechanisms:
- Burning your body fat as fuel
Stored fat serves a few purposes in your body. First, it protects your internal organs. Second, it provides a ready form of energy to be burned as fuel during times of famine. Thirdly, it protects your body from toxins found in your food, water, consumer products and even in the air.
Losing excess fat is, then, a matter of creating ways for your body to burn that fat as fuel by producing an energy deficit between what you eat and what you burn. You must also remove your body’s need to store the fat to protect you from toxins, which is why detoxification is such a huge part of the Beauty Detox program.
Consider adding a detoxifier like the Feel Good Detoxy 2.0 to your daily routine.
Many people overestimate the number of calories they burn during an exercise session. The amount varies from person to person, with some people metabolizing fuel much more efficiently than others.
While many things factor into this equation, toxicity is a big part of it. If your fat is trapping toxins and keeping them out of your system, your body will be extremely reluctant to burn fat as fuel because doing so will release those poisons.
This doesn’t mean I’m telling you not to exercise. Exercise is an important part of good health. If, however, you are exercising to lose weight, then you can’t rely on exercise alone.
You need to detoxify your body and eat a diet of healthy, naturally high fiber/low-calorie foods as I recommend in The Beauty Detox Foods. When you eat this way, you can eat to satiation and not obsess about calorie counting.
Chinese Medicine Abdominal Massage
The Chinese medicine massage technique I am going to outline below is a different type of exercise altogether. Product of 6,000 years of Eastern wisdom, this massage improves your digestive efficiency by maximizing your body’s ability to detoxify and eliminate waste.
The technique can help speed up your digestive system and allows you to eliminate the sludge that builds up in intestines, which can be pounds of uneliminated waste. When I do it, it is apparent to me the technique is not only physical but also energetic. It’s worth a try, right?
The benefits of this abdominal massage may include:
- Helping melt adipose tissue
- Improving digestive efficiency
- Detoxifying the intestines
- Relieving constipation (the mother of all health/beauty issues)
- Stimulating the organs in your abdominal region
- Improving circulation in your abdominal region
- Reducing hunger and overeating
- May help to alleviate nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and indigestion
- Can provide results in about a week of consistent practice
Before you begin, please note that the following people should use caution or avoid using this technique.
Avoid using the technique if:
- You just had a heavy meal
- You are pregnant
- You are suffering inflammation of feminine organs including the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, or bladder
- You have stones of the bladder, kidneys, or gallbladder
- You have high blood pressure
- You have a hernia
- You have intestinal or stomach ulcers
- You have internal bleeding
If you aren’t sure if it’s right for you, you can always ask your doctor.
How to Perform The Massage
Perform this technique two times per day – once before breakfast and once right before bed.
- Lie flat on your back on a firm surface with your abdominal region exposed.
- Warm-up your hands by rubbing them together until they feel hot – about 15 seconds.
- Place one hand flat on your belly button.
- Begin rubbing in small circles around your belly button, gradually widening the circles using firm pressure. Each circle should take about one to two seconds.
- Focus on heat, which is building up in your abdominal region as you rub.
- Continue for two minutes, about 40 to 50 circles. Be sure to keep your stomach warm as you perform the exercise.
That’s it! Making this a part of your daily routine can significantly improve your digestion.
Here is also a recommended list of foods that increase metabolism to help your body function efficiently throughout the day.
Does it matter if the circles are clockwise or counter clockwise?
Sounds great…. Few questions though:
How hard should you press on your stomach when you are rubbing in circles?
And are you rubbing in circles with your whole hand or just your fingertips?
Does the direction of the circles (clockwise or counter clockwise) matter?
Kimberly have you ever put together a retreat/boot camp style week or two for a small group to kick off there detox process? I would LOVE to be able to be apart of something like that.
Definitely worth a try! Should I massage in clockwise or counter clockwise circles or dies it matter? Thank you!
The technique is not described nor shown as to how to do what.
Should you rub clockwise or counter clockwise ?
Do the circles keep moving outward for the full two minutes or do you go back and start at the belly button a few times?
You didn’t say in which direction the circle should go…I’ve always done it in a clockwise direction when my kids had digestive issues. Is this the recommended direction or does it matter? Thanks, Dawn
Do you just use one hand to do the message? It sounds like it from the description but the picture shows two hands on the abdomin. Thank you!
This may seem like a silly question, but does it matter if you go clockwise vs. counterclockwise?
Why is this not recommended for people with high blood pressure?
Does it matter if you go counter clockwise or clockwise? I would guess counter clockwise but not sure. Thanks!
How far out from your bellybutton do you go? and should your stomach be relaxed ? thank you for all your info and advice. Robin
Does it matter if it’s clockwise or counter clockwise?
Question….When you say not to do this if you have kidney stones..Do you do mean…while your having a kidney stone attact or if you get kidney stones?
Do you rub circles in clockwise motion?
Hi Kimberly, what direction do we rub? I am assuming: using my right hand ,I rub my belly from left to right to assist the decending colon. Is this correct ? Also , was thinking about using a bit of Castor Oil to assist the massage . What do you think ? Thank you, Pat
I will try this, of course.
I was just wondering if there is a better way for rubbing in circles…. clockwise or the other way around?
I believe its a clockwise rub.
Hope that helps
Hi Kimberly – I was just wondering if it is better to make the circular motion clockwise or counter-clockwise? Thanks!
It has to be clockwise to go with the flow…..
Food travels from your right to left ascending to transverse to descending colon so i would guess R to L which of course is “Clockwise”
I learned this from my Yoga teacher ages ago and only perform this exercise when feeling bloated. I’ll have to remember to do it twice daily!
i was a bit sceptical of your methods at first.
i am now seeing some benefits.many thanks, and keep posting me advice.
Wonderful information, thank you. I used to be a massage therapist years ago and we learned you always massage the stomach clockwise in order to move things along in the intestines. We were told never to massage counterclockwise.
Is there a video demonstration of this technique? That would be great! When you say place your hand flat on your belly button, do you keep it flat when you rub? It is hard to do small circles with a large flat hand!!!
I too would like to know…clockwise or counterclockwise.
As a massage therapist, we are taught to go clockwise, in most cases. That is because it mimics the flow of the large intestine through the abdominal cavity. Going counter clockwise could move things back up into an area that has already been emptied.
Which book by Dr. Stephen Chang did you learn this from? I am reading The Complete System of Self-Healing and I have not come across this exercise yet. Do you have another book of his to reccomend?
Thanks for your books and great info, the hardest thing is having to relearn what I thought I knew of nutrition.
I was told about this type of abdominal massage when my son was little and having digestive issues. It does work for that. I’m anxious to find out what weight loss benefits it might have.
I could be wrong, but i wouldn’t have thought that it would matter which way you do the massage, as it is perhaps the overall energetic input which does the job?
YES IT DOES MATTER WHICH WAY. Your intestines push food in one direction. If you’d like to try and force your food back and up out your mouth then by all means try it counter clockwise, but if you’d like this to help you then go with clockwise
we learned this a long time ago in massage therapy school..you massage clockwise..not counter clockwise..always clockwise cuz if you do the opposite you can cause yourself to get or the massage client constipated…and you don;t need your whole hand to do the abdomen massage correctly just fingertips is fine..keeping them/stomach warm while doing the massage…and not all the way outward you go back to where you started doing it a few times till it’s 2 minutes..and low to medium pressure not that hard since the stomach is a sensitive place to work on..yes one hand place the other hand on the hand giving the massage and also If HBP is not controlled through medication or diet and exercise, massage should not be performed. Circulatory massage can worsen the damage done to blood vessel walls by forcing blood through the body. In addition, there may be underlying factors causing the high blood pressure that contraindicate massage…take care everyone 🙂
I know you said not to do this “If you have stones of the bladder, kidneys, or gallbladder”. I don’t have any stones, but I am having a lot of problems with my kidneys (they’re still trying to figure out what all is going on). Do you think it would be okay for me to go ahead and do this or not?
Hi….I know overall you don’t recommend weight loss supplements but I hearing really good things about this Garcinia Cambogia and not just for weight loss. Dr Oz has every doc. everywhere voting yes for this stuff. Any idea what the big whoop is and if there are some benefits?
This supplement is also supposed to be a big help when it comes to bell fat???
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Why do people keep asking which way to do it? Can’ t you just read the comments? It has been answered a few times, but some lazy fatties still keep asking about it!!!
I would suggest working in the direction of the muscle, so clockwise on the right side of the body and anti-clockwise on the left.
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Awesome..thank you! Will be doing it twice a day
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Good blog Kimberly! I’m a licensed massage therapist. I always do tummy massages for my clients. I have had some very constipated clients over the years! When I work like an hour or so on their tummy well let’s just say they get cleaned out fast ! Lol! ????
Thanks for sharing your personal experience Melissa and happy to hear your are contributing to healthier guts! 😉
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