PMS - Premenstrual Syndrome and reflexology

It is a condition affecting many women (about 85% menstruating women have at least one symptom), the group of the symptoms usually start one - two weeks before a period. The symptoms disappear when the periods start. Some women treat it as a 'something normal' they can easily go through but for some, it’s a condition that has a great effect on their lives and it affects their family lives. The symptoms can include:

  • swollen/tender/painful breasts 
  • trouble sleeping 
  • acne
  • feeling tired 
  • back ache 
  • cravings
  • anxiety /depression
  • mood swings

No one really knows what causes PMS, but it has been established that it is a hormonal imbalance. It is most common in ladies:

  • that are between their late 20s and early 40s 
  • have at least one child 
  • have a family history of depression
  • have a past medical history of any mood disorder or depression 

Reflexology has been proven to significantly decrease the symptoms of PMS. During the trial in California, the controlled group showed a remarkable 46% reduction in symptoms which is a significant decrease in premenstrual symptoms.

A reflexologist will target the endocrine system - to make them start working together in unison, he/she will work on the nervous system to help with anxiety, nervousness and lymphatic pain to help with any inflammation and digestive. Of course, the full attention to the whole body is given as reflexology is a holistic therapy and the whole-body and mind need to be treated.

Reflexology induces a state of deep relaxation which helps the body to heal itself. Many women claim that reflexology helped them manage PMS. We mustn't forget that reflexology is a complementary therapy and sometimes the help from other therapists are needed in addition to reflexology.

It is very important to find a reflexologist that has finished at least Level 3, is insured or is a member of a professional association such as Professional Reflexology (they accept only Level 5 reflexologist) and know the condition or is willing to learn and find out more about it.

The reflexologist will never promise to "cure" and they will follow a strict code of conduct, ask a detailed question about your medical history and only then he/she will decide if they can offer you a treatment. Make sure you ask as many questions as you need and you feel comfortable with your therapist. Only then will you know if you've found the right one. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Therapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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