Dealing With PMS?
I can help! You don't have to live with mood swings, bloating or cravings.
PMS is the butt of a lot of jokes, which tells us how common it is for women. PMS isn't funny when you feel like a different person because of severe mood swings, uncomfortable bloating or breast tenderness, and craving anything and everything in sight. Sometimes, PMS affects women so severely that it keeps them home from school or work, causes strain on relationships or interrupts normal daily living.
It doesn't have to be that way!
In 2000, a study was done by the Touch Institute of Miami that proved massage helps women with the most severe form of PMS. In the study, 24 women with severe premenstrual disorder were randomly assigned to a massage or a relaxation therapy group. Half of the women had 30-minute massages two times per week for 5 weeks. The other half did relaxation exercises for 30 minutes two times per week for 5 weeks. The massage therapy group showed decreased anxiety, depression and pain symptoms immediately after the sessions. There were also longer term effects of the group who received massage which included a decreased pain, decreased water retention and an overall easier menstrual cycle.
This is great news! Since that study, hundreds of other case studies have shown that even a 60 minute massage one week before menstruation begins is incredibly beneficial in relieving the symptoms of PMS.
If you're dealing a more severe case of PMS, other methods in conjunction with massage are often necessary to achieve ultimate health. Aromatherapy is an inexpensive add-on to massage therapy and is incredibly beneficial. Also, learning about herbs through an herbal consultation has helped so many women put an end to their PMS woes. As with all things concerning your wellness, speak with your primary care doctor before choosing your path to a happy, healthy and pain-free life.
You Should Know...
When you come in for your first appointment, I'll have you fill out a "New Client Intake Form" so I can learn about your health and lifestyle. We'll have a short chat before your massage so I can tailor your session specifically to your needs. I want you to get the most out of your treatment so you can experience the full benefit of receiving therapeutic massage.
During this short consultation, I'll ask you a few questions regarding your pressure preference, where you've been experiencing any pain or soreness and if you need me to focus on any areas (ie: more time on the neck and shoulders, deeper work on the feet, shooting pain in the lower back, etc). Please share any details about your day to day life (ie: frequently carrying a baby, sitting for hours at a time, arduous physical activity, etc) so I can provide the best possible massage treatment for you.
And of course, please let me know if you're uncomfortable during the massage in any way. I'll check in occasionally (more often for new clients) but if the music is too loud/quiet, the room is too warm/cold or the pressure of the massage is too light/deep, or anything else you can think of, let me know. This is your time, and your treatment should be tailored exactly to your preference.