It is very important not to do anything else during a bowel movement, other than breathe deeply and connect with your body. When you are doing nothing but breathing deeply during a bowel movement, you are automatically relaxing your bowel and anal sphincter muscles with your breath. The expansion and contraction of your diaphragm, as you inhale and exhale, is massaging your intestines and stimulating peristalsis (rhythmic contractions of the intestinal wall). When you are focused on and connected to your body, you can follow your colon’s cues for changing positions; leaning forward or back, doing colonic massage, raising your legs up or extending them out, etc.

As you sit there, relaxed, breathing, massaging your colon, you will just get a “feeling” to do something. This is your body communicating with you, so even if you’re not sure, or you feel stupid, do it! The more you listen to your body and act on your hunches, or feelings, the stronger your intuitive ability will grow and the more your body will “talk” to you.

It’s okay if you take a hot drink into the bathroom with you. But don’t read or look at anything (magazines, tv, phone, photos, blackberry, etc.) – you must not engage your brain in any way other than tuning into and listening to your body.

If you suffer from peristaltic constipation, you may find it easier to defecate if you place your feet on a child’s stepping stool (or a couple of phone books). This raises your knees higher than your hips and more closely approximates a squatting position – the ideal position for opening the rectal canal and facilitating the quick passage of stool. Also, be sure and use the Colonic Massage method before and during a bowel movement.

However, with stenosis constipation (narrowed, tight or obstructed rectum), the key point to keep in mind is not to put any pressure on the rectum to open. So the above position probably will not work for you. Instead, try the other positions in the video (which should also work well for peristaltic constipation).

Post your comments below and let me know if this video helped you – did it teach you anything you hadn’t already discovered?

best,
Jini

Effective Defecation Positions For Constipation
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  • I can’t believe you actually did a video on how to go poop!! But I commend you and thank you for doing so as I have had this problem all my life and never ready knew how to make myself go other than use harsh laxatives. I have tried your methods and they have helped some but I will continue because my bowels are not used to going on their own and my sphincter muscles just don’t open enough and I know I don’t have to tell you the pain that it can produce. Horrible!! and I sometimes am afraid to even try because of the pain. Anyway, thank you so much for being so open and helpful. God Bless You.

  • perhaps a stupid question, but is it possible to have both kinds of constipation, peristaltic and stenosis? and if so, any suggestion as to which position would be best?
    [i feel like i am struggling with both, but my biggest problem is rectal pain even after i go – i don’t have a fissure, hemorrhoids or anything like that (have done all the horrendous tests); i’ve been told it is probably muscle spasms, but i think it is incomplete evacuation. as susan said, the pain is horrible – my life has been totally wrecked by this for the past 17 years.]

    i am looking forward to your new book-
    thank you for all your work – you are awesome!

  • Im taking lovastatin for chlorestrol, the side effect of the medication is constipation. Not reading the paper that came with the med i started having more and more infrequent movements. It seems that metamucil or the store brand works very well and it give u a good movement, no pains. I would recomend it to any of the ladies that are battling constipation, It works well for me, one spoonfull every night.

    1. Use the Metamucil brand NOT the generic, which tastes terrible and does not work as well. Probiotics (Natren) help the most for me, along with a good magnesium supplement (Jigsaw SRT).

  • Thank you so much for this video. I am 3 months pregnant and one of the symptoms of this pregnancy has been severe constipation. Your video was the only thing that gave me any relief.

  • I have very painful issues with going to the bathroom. Sometimes it takes me 2 hours to go. I’ve tried everything: diet, fiber, medication over the counter and from doctors. Well I decided to google helpful positions and this video came up. I did some techniques although still painful this video actually helped cut some time off of my “bathroom breaks”. Thanks for the video

    1. Hi Sarah,

      It’s great to hear that the video was helpful to you! If you would like some more ideas for healing your constipation naturally, you may want to check out Jini’s constipation symptom page at the link below:

      http://www.listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/34/constipation.html

      Jini also wrote a book specifically about constipation here:

      http://www.listentoyourgut.com/healing-resources/7/listen-to-your-colon-the-complete-natural-healing-guide-for-constipation.html

      If you have any questions about any of Jini’s protocols please let me know!

      Kind regards,
      Justin
      Customer Care

  • I just saw the dates on all the last posts, so I’m hoping I get a response. I’ve been having some serious constipation for the past week. A week ago today I had surgery and I have only managed to go once. It has been five days since I’ve gone and I’m on stool softeners but I’m kind of afraid to try laxatives I tried the positions and the stool under my feet but it didn’t seem to work. Any suggestions? At this point I’ll try anything.

    1. Hello Natalie,

      Thank you for your comment. Before looking at treatments for constipation, it is important to first identify which kind of constipation you have. A good place to start if you want to learn more about healing your Constipatipation naturally is at Jini’s symptom section at the link below:

      http://www.listentoyourgut.com/symptoms/34/constipation.html

      You can also check Jini’s Listen To Your Colon: The Complete Natural Healing Guide for Constipation, walks you through each of these constipation causes with step-by-step instructions on how to deal with them.

      For Laxatives, Click here for the list of ‘Natural’ laxatives that Jini recommend. However, laxatives should only be used sporadically, if you need them every day then you have an underlying problem that needs to be healed.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

    2. If you’ve just had surgery, likely you are taking a narcotic/opiod/opiate pain medication. These drugs produce constipation, using as little as possible and for as short a time as you are able can help. Fiber, an enema, suppositories, can all help. Be sure to check with your physician that the aide you select is safe with any current medications and the recent operation before proceeding.

  • I just had my third surgery in 2 years and everytime I come home from the hospital I’m extremely constipated and maybe a week will go by until I just have to go no matter what. It’s not fun sitting on the toilet for hours scared because it hurts. This will sound very weird to some but after just trying to go all day this last week and getting frustrated I just laid out some big garbage bags on the bathroom floor and arranged them so I could just go right in them, I just squatted over them and put my forehead against the wall and just pushed, it was easy and over in 5 seconds. Sorry but sitting on the toilet trying to push is just miserable. And holy cow how good the feeling is after that few seconds of pain but squatting really let’s your body push it out easily.

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