Menstrual Pain, Normal or Not?
Most women experience some form of period or menstrual pain during their cycle. Period cramps are often felt in the lower abdomen just before and during menstruation, and can range from a dull heavy ache, to severe pain that may also result in nausea, dizziness, headaches or diarrhoea.
Many women dread this time of the month and the pain or discomfort experienced may require days off work or school, or even effect social engagements, your moods and general outlook on life.
Whilst some mild cramping is to be expected as the uterus contracts to dispel the uterine lining, severe cramping and pain is an indication something is not right. The body is simply trying to communicate with you and it’s important to listen!
Popping pills and taking sick days provides an immediate relief, but is a band-aid solution. Ignoring these messages can result in long term knock-on effects.
Hormone imbalances are often the cause of such discomfort. This is when the delicate balance of our reproductive hormones (that shift at varying stages throughout our cycle) are off kilter. There are numerous reasons why this occurs but two of the biggest contributing factors are diet and stress.
Without considering the root cause of why menstrual pain exists and why you may be suffering a hormone imbalance, larger health problems may develop. Increasing pain, mid-cycle pain, PMS and irritability, weight fluctuations; or even more serious complications such as endometriosis, PCOS, cysts, and fibroids are just a few consequences of an undiagnosed imbalance.
Yoga Nidra To Relieve Menstrual Pain
Learning how to detect a hormone imbalance is not difficult once you know how. It may be best to get a check-up from from your doctor if you’re experiencing severe cramping and discomfort, but learning some simple tips to help manage your cycle can make a significant difference to your life.
This coming Sunday (4th February) I will be teaching one of a series of workshops throughout the year on Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a meditation technique often referred to as ‘physic sleep’. Yoga Nidra works deeply into the subconscious level to focus the mind, achieving a deep state of relaxation. It is used to relieve trauma, stress, anxiety, emotional tension, and improves quality of sleep.
Although the symptoms of pain and discomfort during menstruation is very distressing for many women, studies are revealing a correlation between these symptoms with heightened states of anxiety and depression. Researchers are now discovering just how effective a regular Yoga Nidra practice can be at curing psychological disturbances including anxiety and depression; helping to alleviate the symptoms of menstrual pain and irregularities and excessive levels of premenstrual tension.
The beauty of this practice is that 20 min–30 mins is sufficient to experience a reduction in pain. It can be practiced at any time in the day from the comfort of your own home, or even lying on the office floor.
If your’e interested in learning more, come along to my workshop this Sunday 4th Feb. You can find more details on the Events Page.
Unable to attend? Reach out to me directly and we can discuss a custom Yoga Nidra to suit your unique needs.