Hara massage for meditation
Lay on your back, preferably as naked as you can get without feeling cold, and gently rub your abdomen with your full right hand in large clockwise circles around your navel (belly button). Massage as slowly or as quickly as feels best. Make twenty to sixty large full circles around your navel depending on how it feels. Next, use your left hand and make about one fifth as many full circles in a counter-clockwise motion around your navel. Then use your left hand to make a few gentle up and down sweeps of your abdomen, from one side to the other, until you feel balanced. Be careful not to compress your intestines. The overall emphasis should always be on the clockwise circles as that is the direction the intestines flow.
There is no one-size-fits-all method for massaging the abdomen because we are all structurally different, and our body's condition is constantly changing. Feel free to experiment and come up with your own unique massage technique. Repeat this massage cycle for five to twenty minutes. The Hara massage method is often helped by appropriate relaxing background music. You can find wonderful classical, new age, and Asian music on YouTube.
Music recommendations: Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending, Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No.1, Ram Narayan - Raga Darbari, Vinayak Chittar - Raag Darbari, T. N. Seshagopalan - Carnatic Classical Veena Music, Indian Flute Music, Buddhist Meditation Music, Relaxing Chinese Music, Japanese Flute Music, Classical Mix of Debussy, Satie, Faure, Ravel, and Saint Saens, Claude Debussy Great Classical Piano Music
An additional exercise that compliments the Hara massage is to sit in cross legged fashion on your bed; put both your hands behind your back and rub your lower back up and down, both hands in unison. You can do this as slowly or quickly as feels best. This relieves stress and stimulates your neural pathways. You can also massage your full back by lying on your back in the fetal position and simply wiggling around. This is not unlike a bear massaging his own back by rubbing up against a tree. Both the Hara massage and back rub techniques complement the simple but effective Yoga exercises recommended in Meditation Handbook.
Medical Massage - For an abdominal massage to improve digestion and elimination, watch this helpful YouTube video by Jini Patel Thompson.