Stomach Up

by Marcy White on January 18, 2011

The stomach is kind of like a ballon.  It can rise up into the diaphragm and cause much discomfort.  Nancy and I learned the technique to get the stomach down when we took an Engery Balancing class in SD from James Minckler. His website is

My symptom from this last bout was extreme gas pain at the uppermost area between the ribs.  I couldn’t get the normal way to bring the stomach down to work so I just pressed into the uppermost area with my fingers and held it as long as I could.  I did this a few times and then the stomach came down.  It only took a few minutes.

James mentions many symptoms on his website, some of which are heart irregularities and digestive problems.  It is a good idea to check your stomach now and then to make sure it is down.  It will feel full and solid when you put your fingers into the uppermost area between your ribs if the stomach is up.  If the stomach is down where it should be you will be able to comfortably insert your fingers into this area without any discomfort.

The way James teaches to bring the stomach down is to insert your fingers as I have said, bend over slightly and on the exhale push your fingers in as far as they can go and forcibly push the stomach down.  This action is a very swift and forceful one and you may need to repeat if several times.  It hurts.  I can’t seem to get enough ‘umph’ into the push so instead I lay down and relax as much as possible and just insert my fingers and hold a downward pressure.  I repeat this until the stomach moves down (awwww, and what a relief it is).

After the stomach comes down you will belch and possibly get a flush in the face.  Do this daily after the stomach has been up because it will want to go right back up again.  You need to train it to be back in it’s proper position.

Nancy, do you have anything to add?  What symptoms have you experienced?

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

NANCY EICH January 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Good morning my dear friend,
I had forgotten about the stomach up thing. Just tried the procedure. What a relief! I also found my self breathing in when I pushed in with my fingers & exhaling rapidly when I pushed down & out. Since it’s been years since I did this, I’ll repeat several times today then start checking my stomach daily. Think I’ll check out James website too. Thanks for the memory jog.


NANCY EICH January 20, 2011 at 6:56 pm

Good afternoon my dear friend,
This is a great procedure. Don’t know for sure but it seems to have fought off a migraine. Also stimulated the stomach reflex point. Strange, went from being oblivious to my stomach to being aware of it rising. It will take a while to retrain my stomach to stay done but definitely worth the effort for improved health & well being.


Marcy White January 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Hi Nancy,
It’s interesting you mentioned a headache because I also had a headache during the time when my stomach was up. And it does take a while to retrain the stomach to stay down, I’m thinking at least a week of pushing it down on a daily basis.


Suzy Doyle January 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

There is another book I am reading called “What’s your body telling you” by Steve Sisgold. I can send it to you if you like.

I have to try the stomach exercise of moving it down. Thank you for sharing that.. I didn’t realize that it was common.


Marcy White January 22, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Hi Suzy,
Thanks for the info on the book. I will check it out. And, Yes, James believes this is the single most common problem for people. I remember when I was in my 30’s and totally stressed out from working in the corporate world and going to the Dr. about my acid reflux. Well, after performing every test he could think of and coming up with no answers he finally told me to place 2″X4″ wood pieces under the head of my bed (I later resorted to larger cinder blocks so the bed didn’t roll off the 2″X4″ wood pieces). Well, that fixed my acid reflux. Although I gotta laugh remembering my boyfriend Mike curled up at the bottom of the bed. He finally got used it though :).
Anyway, the 2″X4″‘s also help to keep the stomach down.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Dr.s tried the natural healing modality before spending all the Insurance money on testing?


NANCY EICH January 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Thank you so much for this recommendation. Downloaded this book to my Nook Color this morning. Fascinating reading, definitely something I need to do in my life. After I finish reading it, I think I can lend it to someone else with a Nook Color but don’t exactly know how.


NANCY EICH January 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Good Morning my dear friend,
Clicked on Self Evaluation on James’ website. Where I revisited the ileocecal valve & K29 procedures. Very helpful. In the process of incorporating them into my daily routine. The cross crawl sounds promising as well.


Marcy White January 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Hi Nancy,
Yes, I just started doing the K27 and the Cross Crawl – what a difference in energy and mental attitude. Why did we ever quit? Ha, Ha…I know…it’s that old human conditioning that gets us to stop doing something that is ‘Oh, so good for us.’


Jo Miller January 19, 2013 at 1:10 am

where is the stomach point and can you tell me exactly where to put fingers to get stomach down I have this problem badly Thanks


Marcy White February 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Hi Jo,
I replied directly to your email instead of posting it here.
For anyone else who may have the same question you follow the ribs up to the point where they meet. On the exhale push in as deep as possible while pushing your hands down.
Jo, since I have not heard back from you I am hoping this worked to relieve any discomfort you had.


Jo Miller April 27, 2016 at 2:03 pm

I am still having a problem with getting my stomach down….Please e-mail


Kathy July 15, 2013 at 5:38 am

I’m confused. Reading the above email posted Feb 21, 2013 “follow the ribs up to the point where they meet”
BUT in the energybalancing Therapy – it says ” the bottom of the rib cage”


Marcy White July 15, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for writing because making this video has been on my ‘to do list’ for quite some time. A picture is worth a thousand words, eh?

Let me know if you have any further questions AND let us all know how it goes for you.



Leaidan April 24, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Aretclis like this are an example of quick, helpful answers.


Jorja April 25, 2014 at 2:26 am

That’s a cracrekjack answer to an interesting question


Joe Bring July 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I’ve been experiencing problems similar to those that may be caused by the stomach pushing up. Indigestion, loss of appetite, dizziness when standing, shallow breathing, upper abdominal pain to name a few. An accupressurist described this as my ab muscles pushing up into my diaphram, rather than my stomach – caused by prolongued years of stress but made worse by pushing myself too hard in physical training. He has treated me with three times over a two year period, requiring approximately 14 daily visits. Treatments involved laying on ground and massaging in a downward motion from upper ab towards mid abs.

From reading the comments above, I don’t think that it’s my stomach that’s causing these issues but my abs?


Marcy White July 27, 2013 at 12:07 am

Hi Joe,

As I rode my bike today the thing that kept coming to me was that you need to tune in and appreciate your torso. An easy way to do this is to place your hands over the 2nd and 3rd chakras when you first wake up in the morning. One hand below belly button and the other hand above belly button. As you do this and begin a nice easy breathe, tune into your body. Where do you feel tension? Let the breathe go there. This is merely a focus technique. Where your mind goes, the breathe follows. This simple 5 minute exercise is a very nice way for you to honor your body and all it has done for you. Allow each breathe to deepen. Do not force anything.



Ryan Koch August 7, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Thanks for the information — very useful! Can “stomach up” cause constipation? Also, is it better to the exercise on an empty stomach?


Marcy White August 8, 2013 at 1:32 am

Hi Ryan,

Well, it’s definitely more comfortable to do on an empty stomach. But sometimes you just have to tough it out and push that stomach no matter what the scenario is. Once you get the stomach trained to be down, which might take a few weeks, it will stay down without you having to do this exercise.

As far as constipation goes I am not sure the stomach being up would contribute to that condition, but the stress of the stomach being up could contribute to any number of physical pains.



Bharath Raj April 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Hi Marcy,
Thanks for the info for bringing stomach down. I tried practising it seeing your you-tube video.
I see an increase in appetite. At the same time , my body gets heated up.My face becomes more oily,lot of hair falls .
How to over-come this ?
Also, in the site , it is said like to push down,under the ribs.But in your case, you have asked to give pressure,between the ribs. Which one to follow ?

Thanks in advance,
V.Bharath Raj.


Marcy White April 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Hi V,

By all means follow the energy balancing site as this is the class I took and am trying to relay the same message. It’s pretty hard to get under the rib cage when working on yourself. When I have someone lying down on my massage table I can get an upward angle with my fingers and go under the rib cage on the left side to grab hold of the stomach.

I do not know about hair falling out or skin getting oily due to this technique. Perhaps if you do a search and include those conditions with stomach down you may find some answers. Or email James on the energy balancing site as this is what he does for a living. My line is more on the energetic healing side.



raghu December 1, 2014 at 6:54 am

upper potion of stomach is ittching feeling cool some times what is problem


raghu December 1, 2014 at 6:55 am

upper portion of stomach some times ittching feeling cool what is the problem


Marcy White December 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

I believe all itching is related to toxins trying to come out of the body. The other day my left little finger itched like crazy for a couple minutes then left as suddenly as it came on. Then last night the itching in another place where I know I have some toxic buildup started.

So today I followed my oil pulling with the salt loading. You need Himalayan pink salt to do this and some dedicated hours by the bathroom. Drink 8 ounces of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Immediately drink 8-12 ounces of water after you finish the salt water. Repeat this procedure every 30 minutes for up to 4 times. I usually only do 3 times because by then my body has purged toxins (which will smell nasty) and I don’t feel I need anymore.

I would suggest doing a search on the salt loading and read other people’s comments on the procedure.
Hope this helps.


AL February 9, 2016 at 8:51 pm

I know that no one has posted here for a while….I figure I ask a question and maybe you can help me…How many times a day can I do this technique to get my stomach back down ? Is there a limit ? Should you take breaks ? Can I injure myself by doing this ? Please advise as soon as possible..


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