This weekend I had an all-over-body massage. This was a Christmas present I have been looking to forward to cashing in for a long time. This was obviously a great treat for my Saturday morning (it has to be said, I love massages and will never say no to an opportunity to have a rub), but that is not the reason I am writing about this.
I told the therapist I have endometriosis and that I suffer from chronic pelvic pain. I wanted her to massage my feet, lower back, hamstring and, yes, my bottom cheek as I’ve been having a stubborn pain there for the last week or so. She commented how she noticed that I had ‘puffy’ ankles (say what now?). She explained that if I was experiencing pain due to endometriosis, it would be beneficial to try reflexology as certain areas on your ankles are pressure points for your pelvis, ovaries and the uterus. The fact that my ankles are puffy, is a sign that my body is not comfortable. Hm, it’s no news my body isn’t ‘comfortable’, but please keep talking.
Reflexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body. It is a way of allowing the nervous system to return to balance, allowing functions in the body to return to normal. Once the body is balanced and relaxed it can repair and renew itself. There are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in your feet and reflexology uses specific nerve reflexes (pressure points) to stimulate these nerves and create positive change in your body.
It is fantastic for calming the mind, relaxing, balancing hormones and allowing stress to fade away, but Reflexology has indeed been shown to be very beneficial for many gynecological conditions including endometriosis. For detailed information of these research studies click here (which is an interesting website altogether).
How great is it to know this? I am always up for learning more about natural ways to treat my condition and will not forget about this one. My massage was great by the way, and I will certainly go back to have my puffy ankles treated again!