Massage therapy and alternative medicine for the Female

Premenstrual Syndrom (PMS) and Painful Periods (dysmenorrhoea)

These two conditions seem to affect a large proportion of women. They are mainly attributed to irregularities within the delicate framework of hormones that govern the female reproductive cycle. The physical and emotional symptoms of PMS may include a bloated feeling, irritability, depression and tension.
Painful and irregular periods are often indicated by a cramp-like pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen occasionally accompanied with nausea. The blood could be darker and clotted
The following advice applies to PMS and painful periods as the two are often related. Massage and bodywork when administered as self-help, coupled with other natural ways, can be of help in alleviating problems.

If the woman is in pain and discomfort massaging areas like the hands and feet and the head can be beneficial. Rubbing the lower back could bring relief due to organ innervation originating from the spine.
Premenstrual tension can also be relieved with acupressure. At least one week before the period is due massage once a day for one minutes each the following points: Pericardium 6, Liver 3 and Spleen 8. Keep massaging these points until the second day of the period.

You can also massage over the abdomen, hands and feet for one week before the period the essential oils of lavander, chamomile and orange peel, one drop of each in a saucer of base oil

Many women swear by the beneficial effects of diet and supplements. It is advisable, particularly close to the period, to avoid coffee and to cut down on alcohol and sugar. Evening prim-rose oil and vitamins B6 and B complex are also useful; ask your health food shop or therapist to advise you on dosages.

Menopause

This phase of a woman's life occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 when the ovaries reduce their production of oestrogen hormones. This can cause physical and psychological changes. While some women go through the menopause virtually symptom-free, a large percentage do
feel listless with symptoms of hot flushes, night sweats, dry skin and headaches.

A general massage with soothing and relaxing strokes can be very beneficial

The following acupressure points are also very useful: Spleen 6, Kidney 6. Liver 3 if there is tension and restlesness add Pericardium 6 and Heart 7

The following essential oils are also indicated: Clary Sage, Lavander, Neroli, Geranium