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 from our menstrual pain symptoms.
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 at least 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.
If you're having a little trouble finding this point, while gently pressing on the inside of your heel, look for a little dip nested in the the more fleshy ridge of the heal pad. If it is very soft and fleshy, you're probably too high or too close to the ankle bone. If you're still not confident, stimulating this whole area will help balance the pelvic area in the middle of the body and you'll still find relief.
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. When I was first learning reflexology, this simple technique used to get me through my shifts at work. Now, many years later I have no menstrual pain because of reflexology sessions and other holistic healing techniques that I now offer in By the Moon courses. Would you like to receive reflexology from a By the Moon trained practitioner? I can help you connect with someone in your area. By the Moon trained reflexologists and Holistic Reproductive Practitioners combine reflexology sessions with energy healing and other simple healing practices to heal the root cause of menstrual irregularities. Pain is a sign of imbalance. A holistic approach to healing includes body, mind and spirit aspects and addresses the original cause that is manifesting as pain now.
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.
By the Moon is an International Holistic Health School that specializes in reproductive healing and support. Reflexology training and certification is available online through correspondence or in combination with in person training. You can take Reflexology training on it's own or in combination with doula training and energy healing in the Holistic Reproductive Practitioner training program. Request your information package.
Watch a video of reflexology for edema in pregnancy on YouTube. You can adjust the speed of the video for your preference.