You can use abdominal massage for constipation to help stimulate peristalsis waves in the colon. Peristalsis (movement of an internal organ) can help the stagnant fecal matter start moving again.
You can lie down and use oil to do the following colon massage or stand in the shower and use a soapy solution for glide over your belly.
Caution: If you have undiagnosed abdominal pain or any conditions affecting abdominal organs, do NOT massage your abdomen without the OK of your healthcare provider.
Take three to five minutes to do this massage. Notice if any areas feel slightly painful or tender. Use gentle pressure at first, although you may want to increase the pressure after a few days.
If you have deep pain, STOP the massage. If the pain persists, consider consulting a healthcare provider.
Massage for constipation:
For tender or slightly painful areas, you can probably reduce the pain with daily massages.
To prevent constipation, eat the recommended 25 grams of fiber each day (the average American eats only half that much) and drink lots of water.
Also, be aware that some medications can cause constipation, as can some supplements (such as iron). Taking magnesium can help relieve constipation (or even cause loose stools). Seeking professional advice is a good idea.