There is no such thing as a ‘pause from menopause’, one might say, as menopause is a natural process and, except when stalled with the help of hormones, can neither be stopped nor reversed. True though this may be, I couldn’t accept the fact that I would have to live for an indeterminate future with awkward symptoms, which had crept up on me overnight at age 43.
Relief came in form of an ancient Japanese Healing Art: Jin Shin Jyutsu®. Jin Shin Jyutsu® empowers people of all walks of life to take charge of their own health and well-being by simply placing their hands on specific energy points (so called ‘Safety Energy Locks’ (SEL)) across the body, or by holding their fingers. This healing art is so effective that it has been integrated into US hospital treatment plans, and used in intensive care and in emergency rooms.
I have since learned - and experienced hands-on - that health is literally in my own hands. Here are a few examples of how placing my hands on my body (applying a ‘flow’) has helped me to alleviate typical perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms.
1. Mood Swings
Emotional changes have been the most palpable aspect of perimenopausal transformation for me. Two weeks of ‘Jekyll’ and two weeks of ‘Hyde’ seem to be the new pattern of my menstrual cycle. Gently holding my middle finger as often as I can, which energizes liver and gallbladder, helps a lot with the roller-coaster ride of my hormones and irritability.
In addition, I have been treating myself with the “big hug” or, as I call it, the “reboot flow”. I place my hands under my arms and observe my breathing as it goes in and out. This is extremely calming and uplifting at the same time.
I find that tea made from fresh parsley and these flows do the trick. Not only do they help with bloating, but they also support the bladder and strengthen the uterus.
I slide both hands under my sitting bones, or I place one hand under my sitting bone, while putting the other on my shoulder.
3. Heavy Bleeding
I have learned that no coffee, no alcohol, and light meals that are easy to digest, relieve heavy bleeding. In addition, I will lie down and put my right hand on my lower abdomen with the left hand on top of it. This reduces bleeding.
4. Menstrual Cramping
For cramping I have found these flows to be a miracle cure. Applied 5-7 minutes on both sides, and I am good to go.
I am a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner and self-help teacher. I am passionate about sharing the gift of Jin Shin Jyutsu with anybody looking for self-empowerment in their own health and wellness. Guest bloggers from the Jin Shin Jyutsu community who are eager to share their knowledge are always welcome.