According to research, abdominal massage is a safe, easy remedy for occasional constipation that most people can do themselves.17
There are various abdominal massage techniques, including the “I LOVE YOU” (ILU) massage, a massage that gets its name because it is so gentle. You can also try a basic abdominal massage. Here’s how to do it:18
Lie flat on your back with both knees bent. Starting at the right side of your stomach, rub up in a circular motion until you reach your rib bones. Do this for two to three minutes. Next, move to the left side and do the same technique. You can press a little deeper and continue to rub in a clockwise motion for up to ten minutes.
Even though an abdominal massage is gentle, you should always consult your healthcare provider before trying massage for constipation.