Reflexology for menstrual pain
On our feet there are points that are relative to every part gland or organ on our body. By applying pressure to the point on the feet corresponding to an area of the body that is experiencing pain, we can decrease or eliminate pain in the body. Be prepared for that foot point to be mildly or significantly tender on the foot. However, after a few minutes of pressure we should find we have relief for at least a short period time in the relative body part.
On the medial side of each heel you'll find a small point that is relative to the uterus point. If you are currently experiencing menstrual pain, it should be easy to locate because with a little pressure it will hurt a little. If you're not currently experiencing menstrual pain, it may still be tender for some people indicating some imbalance in the uterus.
Apply steady pressure for a few seconds, release and repeat. Firm circular massage with a knuckle also works.
After several minutes of applying pressure, you should find you are experiencing some relief and in my experience this relief can last for 30 minutes to an hour. Repeat as often as desired for as long as is needed.
What about labour pain? Reflexology has been very effective for my clients who are in labour. I use a different technique and work with the rhythm of labour and have had great results. This has been especially beneficial when I have supported a client who could not have an epidural because of HELLP syndrome, a condition that can cause low platelets in which epidurals are contraindicated.