Pants Too Tight? Try a Massage

Welp, you followed up the five-alarm burrito with three glasses of wine and a chocolate soufflé. And now your stomach is angry. You could pop an antacid--or you could try a stomach massage, which science suggests could be your ticket to a happier belly. Here’s what you need to know.

It boosts your immune system. Just like a good workout, a massage improves blood flow and brings fresh oxygen to your muscles. This could decrease constipation and stomach pain and aid in digestion.

And gets rid of cramps. Cramps are caused by water retention and abdominal contraction. Applying light pressure to your abdomen in circular motions helps in the same way a heating pad does, soothing your muscles and, again, increasing blood flow. This means less bloating and a flatter tummy.

But be sure to do it right. While lying down, place one hand on top of the other and move your hands in a clockwise circle around your belly. Start from your right hip bone, then up to your ribs, then across and down to your left hip. Keep it slow and gentle, and repeat ten times.

So next time you’re ready to head for the Tums and sweatpants, try this technique first.

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