The Premenstrual Syndrome is a cluster of physical and emotional symptoms that occur about a week or two before the menstruation period. It is indicative of the body’s changing hormonal state and is characterized by acne, tender breasts, irritability, mood swings and physical exhaustion. The symptoms vary from woman to woman and the pattern may change over time as well. The duration of experiencing the PMS is usually around 6 days. This period between ovulation and menstruation is quite uncomfortable and disturbs the daily functioning of women.
The PMS can be a very difficult and stressful period not onlydue to the physical strain but also due to the mental discomfort it causes. In such a state, the body and mind need to be relaxed. Women try a number of methods to comfort their body and mind, with massage being one of the most effective techniques. Massage not only helps the body relax through cellular stimulation, but the sensation also puts the mind at peace.
A study was conducted at the University of Miami Medical School on women who experienced severe Premenstrual Syndrome. The study divided the women into 2 groups and each group was given a different therapy to help them through the time of going through the PMS. One group was exposed to massage therapy and the other one was exposed to progressive muscle relaxation therapy. The results showed that the group of women that received massage therapy experienced a reduction in anxiety, depression and the severity of perceived pain. Additionally, the study concluded that this therapeutic technique may be effective in reducing pain and retaining water for a longer time, decrease anxiety and improve mood for shorter periods.
Massage helps to stimulate blood circulation and this, in turn, creates a relaxing effect which the body learns to recreate again and again by means of memories of the experience. The symptoms can be minimized through various massage techniques like acupuncture and reflexology. Symptoms of anxiety, stress, physical exhaustion and nausea in PMS can be effectively reduced through a 20-minute massage session. A study conducted using this time frame for about 2 dozen massage sessions for a sample of participants showed that the relaxing effects of massage increased over the following 6 weeks, proving that the effectiveness of massage therapy increases over time due to memories of the physical and psychological experience.
Acupuncture Pressure Points
Various points on the abdomen, legs, arms and back are manipulated during acupuncture to release the body of any physical stress and stimulate a relaxing effect. These points have a direct link to areas of the brain that are responsible for controlling and managing the bodily responses associated with pain. Only a professional and the well trained practitioner would know how to conduct this therapy.
Homeopathic medication has been very helpful in reducing the symptoms of PMS, providing relief from pain and undue distress. The natural baseline of homeopathic medicine attends to the symptoms without causing any side-effects or negative reactions in the body.
Self-Massage or Professional Help?
Self-massage techniques can be applied to relieve the physical pain and strain on the mind. The simplest method is to rub the stomach in a clockwise circular motion from the lower end of the ribcage till about a couple of inches below the belly button. Then, track the movement back up towards the middle of the lower end of the ribcage.
Otherwise, you can seek the services of a professional as well. At Body Healing Power, Dawn truly believes that massage is an effective way to work with managing PMS, and wants to offer you a Complimentary Health & Healing Strategy Session at no cost ($63 value) today to see if massage is a good fit for your symptoms. Call her office at 651-429-9777 today to set up your appointment! Please indicate whether you would prefer an in-office, skype, or phone consultation.