There is nothing worse than when that time of the month rolls round, the cramps the irritation, the aches and pains, and the fact that it comes and goes, never really knowing how shitty you are going to feel. The easiest thing to do, and one that I generally opt for first is to pop a pill and wait for the pain to subside. Thank the gods for science! The alternative to grinning and baring it if you aren't into pill popping, is to get your body moving, get your blood flowing around your body. Not to worry, you probably don't feel great, so these poses are gentle and slow, long holds that help to calm the mind as well as soothe and relieve pain.
Lets do it...
- Child's pose - Lie with your torso on your thighs, arms stretched out in front of you. This will help to stretch out the lower back where a lot of pain is experienced, and will help to increase circulation in the belly, from compressing the abdomen. Child's pose it a rest posture, so focus on the breath to help calm the mind.
- Forward fold - This pose helps to stretch out the lower back, calves and hamstrings. Stand with your feet hips distance apart, fold forward over legs and hang in rag doll position clasping opposite elbows. Gently sway from side to side, you can bend one knee then the other and help to stretch the sides of the hips.
- Half bound squat - Sitting in a wide squat, come into a half bind. If you can't reach your hands together then you can use a towel. If your heels don't touch the ground then place a rolled up towel or mat under your heels for support. You get into a bind by bringing one arm in front of your shin reaching behind to grab the opposite hand behind you back. Internally rotating the other arm before you reach back will really help you to reach the other hand. This pose helps to squeeze the internal organs improving digestion and encouraging blood flow. It stretches the thighs, hips and spine, and helps to relieve back, shoulder and neck pain. Remember to lift the chest and twist the body open.
- Knees to Chest - Lie on your back and draw both knees into your chest. This pose really help to relax the lower back. You can rock from side to side to give your lower back an extra massage. The compression on the belly helps to increase circulation.
- Supine twist - Lie on your back. Draw one knee into the chest and draw knee over to the opposite side. Twist are great for squeezing the internal organs, encouraging fresh blood to flow into the area. Spend a couple of minutes on each side, just allowing the body to relax into the pose. For added support, place a bolster under your top leg.
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