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5 Ways To Soothe Severe Period Cramps

Acupuncture Austin 5 Ways To Soothe Severe Period Cramps

Cramps can be debilitating. Whether they are ferociously sharp or achingly clenching, cramps make it very hard not to be frustrated with your body or dread your cycle. And not only is the pain severe, but you are also more sensitive both emotionally and physically. Everything seems to hit you harder and any underlying hurt that has not been healed seems to come forward in full force. It can put a halt to your life.

You probably have tried everything you can think of to feel better and still, it comes with such intensity that you get anxious when you know it’s arriving.

I want to offer some options you might not have tried before.

Instead of exacerbating the conflict with your body, I am going to give you a few wellness tips that will bring you into harmony with your body. Working with your body to allow opening, relaxation, and flow will counterbalance the tight grasping of the cramps helping them to release.

Practicing Yoga Nidra.

Yoga nidra means yogic sleep. It is a profound meditation that takes you consciously into a state of deep sleep. It induces profound relaxation and rejuvenation as well as reduces tension and anxiety.

Also, a new study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine finds that sustained yoga nidra practice could help balance hormone levels in women with difficult cycles. 

So, I created one just for you! You can listen to it while lying comfortably in your bed to help your body open and relax.

Whatever you are feeling, lean into it.

Often we run away from our pain and from what we are feeling. It’s so important to really be in touch with what you are feeling. If what you are feeling is rage, leaning into it doesn’t mean screaming at your loved ones. It means feeling the rage and owning it. This is mine. My rage. Don’t push it down. Don’t throw it at people. Let it be and it will move through you. And this movement allows flow in your body. The opposite of cramping. Remember, your mind and body are integrated. If you cramp down on your feelings, it will have an effect in your body. Let it flow.

Massage with oils.

Make a blend of essential oils with Frankincense, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, and a carrier oil. (Or I can make this for you.) Rub it on your low abdomen, low back, and thighs. As you do this feel your hands on your body. Breathe into the place where your hands meet your body. Pressing into the areas that want to be touched. Feel the warmth, the sense of deep comfort and calm. Caring for your body in this way allows tightness to start releasing. Your body feels nurtured and supported.

Eat warm, cooked meals.

Warmth creates movement, cold contracts. Think of what your body does in the cold weather. It contracts, shivers, and huddles over. This is the same for the inside of your body. Eating cooked foods with warming spices (cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, cumin, garlic) will help ease the cramping. Cold foods will cause the contractions to be worse. Stay away from iced drinks, ice cream, and even cold, raw foods.

Move your body.

This one is more for prevention. When you are in the middle of cramping, I recommend resting or slow, yin movements like restorative yoga. But all other days, make it a habit to move as much as you can! Our job culture creates habits of sitting in one place for hours! This not only creates joint pain and muscle atrophy, but stagnation in the body. Blood, lymph, vitality don’t flow efficiently to properly nourish the body. And stagnation blocks the flow of blood out of the body exacerbating cramps. Moving your body every day will make a huge difference.

How acupuncture and herbs can help.

Both acupuncture and herbs can increase flow and relaxation in the body as well as relieve pain, regulate your PMS symptoms, and release your emotions. I will work with you to create a treatment plan that will allow you to be in harmony with your body and celebrate your cycle.

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