On average menstruation takes about 3500 days or 10 years in a lifetime of a woman. This period might be uncomfortable for many reasons but the main area I want to focus on is the physical pain that almost every second woman in the world goes through. Some experience intense muscle cramps in abdominal and back muscles, and some have less intense and dull but more constant aches. Regardless of the degree of pain, it negatively affects our lives and I spent a few years of my practice defining a natural relief. And I found it!
So, how do we live through our period pain-free?
Try belly breathing to relax your lower abdominal muscles. Kapalbhati is great for it - it engages the deepest stomach muscles and strengthens and tones them from within.
Avoid tight clothing and tight underwear. Clothes that squeeze the stomach and perineum slow the blood flow and puts pressure on the internal organs. Loose clothing will be a better choice.
Slow down with planking as it raises your intra-abdominal pressure. Try something easier like pelvic floor yoga.
Eliminate or lower your caffeine consumption as it increases cramps and makes menstruation more painful. Just a reminder that caffeine is not only in coffee but also in energy drinks, chocolate, and tea.
Do pelvic floor yoga - it improves blood flow to the pelvic organs, relieves spasms and muscle tension in the pelvic area. Especially Nauli as this technique activates the ovaries and has a positive effect on the reproductive system. Helps to get rid of spasms and muscle cramps in the pelvic area.
Don’t rob yourself of orgasms. Their absence can be a reason for painful periods.