7 Goals for a Happy Belly by Marty Ryan, LMP, (guest blogger)

This post is written by Marty Ryan, LMP.  Marty is the owner of Love Your Guts Seminars located in Seattle Washington.


7 Goals for a Happy Belly

1. Decrease tension in the belly wall – a chronically hard belly wall challenges posture, spinal support, and the proper mechanics of breathing. The hard belly wall – a strange cultural goal to say the least – is a sign of anxiety, fear, stress, inflammation, and decreased abdominal organ function.

2. Easy penetration through the layers of belly organs – one should be able to move through the belly wall to all of the organs and front of the spine with little or no discomfort. Pain upon palpation at various layers of the abdomen is a sign of tension, emotional or energetic holding patterns, adhesion from inflammation or surgery, and dysfunction on some level.

3. Decreased pain in the abdominal organs – both upon touch and walking around in your life.

4. Decreased cramping – both after meals and during the entire day.

5. Easy and efficient transit time and bowel movements –food should move along the gut tube at a pace that does not create cramping, bloating, or gas and allows for 2 -3 easy bowel movements per day – usually after meals.

6. Reproductive system ease –

For females this means:
• regular and predictable menstrual cycles
• minimal abdominal cramping, breast tenderness, or headache with ovulation or menses
• minimal or no PMS / menopausal symptoms
• no cysts, masses, endometriosis, or fibroids in the pelvis
• easy access to sexual energy

For males this means:

• no prostate swelling or nocturnal urination
• easy erections without pain or premature ejaculation
• easy access to sexual energy

1. Ease and grace with your own belly – instead of hating or fearing your belly, you enjoy feeding it, looking at it, massaging it, hugging it, and knowing that it serves you well. This is the broadest and most encompassing of all the goals here and subsumes all of the above.


If you want help achieving these goals, you can make an appointment with Marty by calling 206-729-6211.

Marty has taught belly massage and palpatory anatomy seminars across the US since 1998. Marty also served on the faculty of the Seattle Massage School and the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Thanks for reading, PJ Harris, LMP


19 responses to “7 Goals for a Happy Belly by Marty Ryan, LMP, (guest blogger)

  1. Thanks for the good step by step instruction.

  2. Thanks for the post, detailed instructions like this are so useful!

  3. Great overview on the benefits of massage to the stomach. Thanks.

  4. Ann-Sofie Bjerkander

    do you know of any one practising this technique in Manhattan, NY?

  5. Ann-Sofie, I will ask around. Let you know soon. thanks – ~pj

  6. Ann-Sofie,

    Via Marty – Try this link:


    Nicole Kruck has been recommended.

    thanks ~pj

  7. I am amazed at how important abdominal/visceral treatments can be in restoring health. Especially with post surgery clients or stubborn hip flexors.

  8. very informative article. It simply is amazing and indeed very helpful. thanks

  9. You have a very detailed article that is why it is very easy to follow and understand. keep it up!

  10. Thanks for the 7 great tips! I feel like taking care of your is always the hardest to follow through with. Especially around celebrations such as holidays and birthdays. But as you said, it’s important to love your belly and know that it’s there to serve you.

  11. Very interesting. I think the belly is a body part many people dislike, more people should know about this and learn to love it!

  12. This is certainly a different way of looking at your stomach. I wouldn’t have thought of massaging your belly. Women especially have different ideals on what is a beautiful belly….but you are right, you should be looking at the health benefits for your stomach and not just what it looks like on the outside!

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  15. This is traditional Shiatsu hara work really. we create with the abdomen or Hara. Any Organ misfunction and its related emotional,mental,spiritual behaviour pattern if left untreadted will eventually manifest as a problem in the spine.
    Check acupuncture Yu points for the organ location relating to each vertabrae.
    I would like to add that although this has been dressed in different clothes any practitioner aware of how important the abdomen is gets my thumbs up.
    A vital part of treatment we make everything our bodies need here, it needs regular care and self massage is a great tool for this.
    If there is a back problem then there will be chronic mysfunction in the abdomen.

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  18. This is very informative blog and this is very easy to follow and understand. Thanks for posting this blog

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