Remember this old joke? “What’s the difference between a woman with PMS and a pit bull? … Lip gloss!” Most women can recall having had a premenstrual cycle that left them behaving a lot like an angry pit bull (and many men will attest to that behavior). PMS isn’t fun. Some of the most common symptoms include fatigue, insomnia, cramps, joint pain, bloating, weight gain, acne flare ups, depression, anger, anxiety and an inability to concentrate. That’s just the highlights, though, did you know there can be up to 150 symptoms? Hey, fellas, you’d be depressed and angry too!
Many women just live with the problem or treat the symptoms with over-the-counter medications. Some of us assume the PMS symptoms will improve as we age. Some of us who didn’t experience severe PMS problems in our twenties and thirties find symptoms worsen as we move closer to menopause. When the problem is severe, we may work with our medical doctor to receive prescription medications to help with pain or depression. However, many of us today don’t want to take medications that may add side-effects to the long list of PMS symptoms we’re already trying to overcome. So what if there’s another way?
Studies conducted in Denmark, China, Korea and the USA have shown that reflexology can be effective in helping to address PMS symptoms. Reflexology simply helps the body return to balance naturally, so a reflexology session may relieve stress and pain, help to alleviate hormone-related symptoms, improve sleep, mental outlook and energy. Many of my clients have reported reduced PMS issues after reflexology. Some clients reported an immediate improvement after just one session and others have needed multiple sessions to find relief. Every woman is different and each body reacts to reflexology in its own way. If you’re looking for a solution to PMS, then I encourage you to give reflexology a try!This is the disclaimer to remind you that I am not a licensed physician and cannot give medical advice or treatment. These are my personal opinions and my summary of research as well as verbal and written reports of some of my clients. As always, consult your doctor if you need medical advice or treatment.