Have you ever had heartburn? That burning sensation running up and down from your chest to your stomach is certainly unpleasant. If you’ve never had it before, then you’re lucky. Many of us will have experienced this pesky acidic sensation but if it’s regular enough to be disturbing your daily routine, then it’s time to put those over-the-counter medications and try something different.
We’re not trying to say that medicines are bad. It’s actually quite the contrary – medicines are essential but instead of being relied on as the sole treatment option, they should be combined with alternative therapy. Massage therapy is an option which is becoming increasingly popular. But to what extent can a massage help?
Heartburn: the 101
Heartburn is characterised by the burning sensation in the chest, which may sometimes feel as though it’s running up and down your oesophagus. It’s caused by acid reflux – stomach acid travelling up towards the throat. The main symptoms of acid reflux include:
- Heartburn – a burning feeling usually felt in the middle of your chest or running up and down from your stomach
- An unpleasant sour taste in your mouth (which is caused by stomach acid)
You might also experience:
- Persistent cough or hiccups
- Bad breath
- Hoarse voice
These symptoms may become worse after eating, when you bend over or lie down. Often, there’s no obvious reason why heartburn happens, but according to the NHS, it can be triggered or made worse by:
- Certain food and drink (e.g. coffee, alcohol, fatty and spicy foods)
- Being overweight
- Stress and anxiety
- Certain medicines (e.g. ibuprofen)
- A hiatus hernia, which is when part of your stomach moves up to your chest
How can you ease the symptoms of heartburn by yourself
You can take some simple lifestyle changes to try and reduce or stop heartburn. The NHS recommends eating smaller meals more frequently, avoiding food or drink that might trigger your symptoms and raising one end of your bed so that your chest and head are above the level of your waist, which prevents stomach acid from travelling up towards your throat. They also advise trying new ways to relax that don’t involve smoking or alcohol.
Seeing a professional
If your symptoms are particularly severe or are persistent, you might want to take further steps. As well as changing your lifestyle, you could add massage therapy to your treatment plan. The NHS recommended doing relaxing activities because stress and anxiety can trigger heartburn. Massage therapy is one of the best ways to reduce stress – this is a proven fact. But if you want to take it one step further and bust stress for good, erotic massage can be the treatment you need to try.
How can an erotic massage help?
Erotic massage is a therapy that has an undeserved bad reputation. You might be thinking it’s something only the rich, lonely and seedy turn to in times of horniness, but it’s actually something that can help with a number of conditions. Heartburn is one of them.
An erotic massage therapist uses sensual techniques that are meant to arouse and tease your body. Unlike a normal massage, such as a deep tissue or Swedish, you are both usually naked and the therapist will touch you in places that might not usually be accepted otherwise. But this is all part of the experience. An erotic massage is based on the idea that an orgasm can help kick your body into a state of healing.
Multiple studies have proven that an orgasm is good for you. When you orgasm, a mixture of hormones are released into your body. These hormones include oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. All work to boost and stabilise mood, and reduce stress. Have you ever lain back after a climax, staring up at the ceiling in a state of bliss? That’s the hormones speaking. It’s obvious now why they say that an orgasm and sex are one of the best ways to reduce stress and anxiety.
As for the massage itself, an erotic massage might be sexual in nature, but it still uses the same basic Swedish massage techniques. These techniques are said to be effective in soothing a churning stomach and helping to reduce acid production. The therapist may employ classic shiatsu techniques to stimulate the liver, stomach and pericardium areas, relaxing them and helping to reduce acid reflux. There are different pressure points on the body, which can help with improving the digestive system’s function and consequently, reduce heartburn.
To maximise the benefits of an erotic massage, you should work with a professionally trained tantric specialist. Although you can perform the techniques on yourself or get a partner to do them on you (check out our blog for some guides!), it’s best to turn to a professional for help. We offer a personalised Asian massage service to customers inside and around central and Greater London. With incall rates starting from £120 an hour, we can help you flush that heartburn away for good.
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