Over 120 years ago, Franz Xaver Mayr was working in the spa resort of St Radegund on a placement as a medical student. One of his tasks was massaging the stomachs of constipated patients. This simple manual abdominal treatment eventually became one of the core treatments in Modern Mayr Medicine and is still performed exclusively by Mayr physicians today. The result is six vital effects – toning the intestine, increasing oxygenation, bile and digestive juices and blood oxygen levels, better breathing and physical and psychological changes.

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How does manual abdominal treatment work?

The connective and fatty tissues in the abdomen act like a sponge, soaking up water and a mixture of toxins such as lactate and amino acid. These are stored here until the body’s own waste disposal system gets rid of them. But by using slow, rhythmic pressure on the abdomen, the ‘sponge’ is squeezed out and the excess liquid is removed through the lymphatic vessels more quickly.

The Mayr physician uses a mixture of techniques, from gentle pressure and release on the stomach to rhythmic strokes and circular motions. The effects are even greater when the patient breathes in and out deeply at the same time as the therapist presses and releases the stomach.

What are the results?

The treatment has a range of effects which lead to improved digestion, breathing and blood flow. The intestine can start to sag due to fermentation, putrefaction or toxins, but manual abdominal treatment can tone it up again so that it can contract more strongly and toxic materials can be passed through the system more rapidly. Pressure on the abdomen also increases the secretion of bile and digestive juices which improves digestion and can soften the liver. And rhythmic pressure improves circulation in the intestine by helping blocked lymph fluid and blood flow more easily.

As well as the positive effects on the intestine, manual abdominal treatment also improves breathing and blood flow throughout the body. It allows the diaphragm to sit lower down which lets patients breathe more deeply. The treatment also increases blood oxygen levels which make skin plumper and rosier. There can also be some unexpected results – as the therapist performs the treatment with their bare hands, they can sense and bring about physical and psychological changes in the patient. It seems that the stomach really is the centre of everything.


… that manual abdominal treatment is recognised as a medical procedure by the Austrian Medical Association and must only be carried out by a specially trained Mayr physician?