… because every goddess needs to recline sometimes.
Every one of our menstrual cramp/PMS sessions at Sage ends with the client in this posture. That’s how much we believe in it ability to help. To make it extra-helpful, at Sage, we add heated volcanic stones to the belly. (We happen to have volcanic stones available; but, you can use other methods at home). I want to give this information to all of you on a woman-helping-woman basis so that you can all benefit even when you can’t come in for the full PMS session.
There are actually 2 postures (and 2 variations on those postures) which will stretch open the pelvic floor and soften the internal organs thereby reducing the pain and allowing you to flow more freely. They are: reclining goddess pose, squatting pose, reclining goddess with feet up the wall, squatting pose with legs up the wall. The only advice that applies to all the poses is (1) to stay aware so that you notice any pain/strain anywhere in the body (2) to liberally use pillows to reduce that pain/strain.
This is the classic yoga posture. It requires a LOT of flexibility in the inner thigh. If you’re a ballerina, this is no problem for you. If you’re just a regular person, you’re going to need props. Put one or two pillows, according to your needs, under each knee. It’s also a good idea to put a nice pillow under your head. And, by the way, this would be best done on carpeting or even in bed not on a hard surface.
Reclining Goddess with "Legs up the wall"
A variation of the above. This pose is nice in that elevating your legs will press your low back again the floor or bed and help reduce any low back pain or strain. You may find that you also need pillows or sofa cushions under each knee.
Also called the “garland pose” in yoga, this is another way to stretch open the pelvic floor. There are two concerns here. If you’re a person with knee problems, this is not the posture for you. Do the legs up the wall version instead. Also, if your calves are no stretchy enough to put your heels flat on the floor, you will be too unstable to enjoy this posture. You can fix that problem by putting a rolled-up towel under your heels. Be on the lookout for any discomfort in your hip joints. If that’s a problem, move on the the legs up the wall version.
SQUATTING POSE WITH LEGS UP THE WALL]
Finally, HEAT! The use of heat on the belly will reduce the pain considerably. We like to use hot stones at Sage because the weight of the stone will help sink the heat deeper. At home, you’re likely to have a heating pad. This is fine but will probably be better if you can find some safe-to-use household object to put some weight on the heating pad. Also, as moist heat tends to penetrate better, treat yourself to a moist heat heating pad if you can.
We’re thinking about you and WE WISH YOU SWEET RELIEF. Ahhhhhhh.