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.
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.
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.
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