I wasn’t happy getting my first period at eleven. Really, who in their right mind wants to bleed every month? I have come to realize that it’s not so bad. I eat way better and exercise and I’ve found that I don’t suffer as much. I now value the monthly cycle, because it keeps me in tune with the moon’s cycles, which drive all life on Earth via the tides.
There are some interesting new developments. Like Free Bleeding movement. Honestly, it’s not exactly for me. Still. I do value some of the new products. And, not the Diva Cup, before you get all excited. That thing is not my favorite. Really just not. For me, at least. I tried it. Not only did I find it messy, but I can’t be reaching into my V in every public bathroom I end up taking a pee in! But the new period panties are not so bad. I use them with a maxi-pad and it’s fine. On it’s own, it would probably suck. I tend to have a lot of moisture down there on most days I’m not having my period, so I wear these almost every day. They do come in different thicknesses, which makes it a lot easier.
Recently, I discovered massage for PMS. It’s not like I knew that massage could help. I have been trying to live more holistically for a while now. I only introduced massage into my routine fairly recently. I figured, I’m single, I have no serious bills, why not spend the money on my well being? So I go every month, or rather the therapists come to me every month.
My therapist is a man. I feel like it’s more balanced that way, you know the yin and the yang? It’s not like massage therapy is sexual in any way, but it is still the exchange of energies between two Beings. So, it matters. I am trying to get into better harmony with the moon energy. I want harmony with the moon cycle. Once that happens, life will be as a dream.
Until that time, I will try to use my monthly cycle to learn about the cycles of time and life. The eternal renewal. I’m not a pagan or anything, but I’m definitely a yoga practitioner. My faith at birth was Presbyterian. I lived in California, believe it or not, and migrated East at the age of 18 to attend college here. I went to NYU and dropped out in my third year, only to transfer to Columbia and graduate.
Anyway, I started getting into the cycles of the Earth and moon on my own, not from reading a book or getting involved with any certain philosophy. I pay attention. The moon changes every day. I noticed since i was a young girl out in Oakland. What does it all mean? What did the architects of this reality want for us to come to understand by witnessing all this?
My last PMS massage was on a full moon. My cycles have been aligned with the full moon now for over three years. What does it mean? I have no idea. Maybe a witch or someone into pagan lore might? I had a cathartic experience as John, my therapist, helped me with a longstanding tightness in my hips. I feel like a different person. I think I am getting over an abusive relationship I had when I was twenty. I met a football player, and he was way more into alcohol than anyone should be.
As you might have guessed, he had real issues, and drank to drown out the pain. He flunked out of college, and took it all out on me. I was abused for five long months, and when it became physical, I left. I needed to get away. I was still in college, but that’s why I took a break and transferred. Even though my ex was out of class, he still stalked me. So, I went home for two years and then transferred to Columbia. It was the smartest move I ever made, as I haven’t had to deal with the stress of my ex and his insanity ever again. New phone number, too.
So it’s really more than getting a massage to deal with premenstrual syndrome pains and aches. It’s about deeper issues. It’s about personal growth. So, my last session was an amazing healing experience. We had the massage table out on the deck. At the end of the session, I actually felt like a new person. And the next day, I still felt revived. It’s the emotional connection, I’m sure. Touch therapy is really something we Americans probably are a little late to, as our Puritan ancestors really didn’t go for anything touchy-feely.
My therapist is used to my tears. I have to say, it’s an interesting career. You’re helping people with physical issues, but the body stores emotional memory, so these therapists are constantly encountering clients who are unloading their sadness, distress, pain. It must be extremely rewarding, but I think it really takes a special kind of person to do this in a way that is really at a higher level.
I have been asked why I am so “obsessed” with the moon, if I’m Christian. But we all live on Earth. I’m just paying attention. Because you have a clock next to your bed, does that mean you’re obsessed with time? The monthly cycle is one of possibility, reaching toward that possibility, and then preparing for a new possibility, if that doesn’t work out. It’s true with fertilized eggs, and it’s also true of plans and hopes and dreams we hope to make real in life.
I am just observing the physical universe around me and trying to make sense of life. If that’s somehow against Christianity, you’re going to have to try harder explaining how that’s the case, because I just don’t get it.
For monthly issues, try some yoga. Child’s pose, wide legged straddle, sleeping pigeon pose, Supta Baddha Konasana, and Viparita Karani poses are supposed to be helpful. For me, I just stick with my usual Hatha yoga routine. It works.
Whether you decide to practice yoga or not, coming to grips with the cycles of the day, week, month, and year are something any woman can begin doing. If you’re a man, get in touch with your wife or girlfriend’s cycle and through that, you can learn about the ebb and flow of life, of push and pull, or yin and yang. Maybe you even want to consider trying a couples massage at home and experience the healing together.
Don’t get me wrong: I am not one of those women who use their menstrual blood in rituals or anything like that! I mean, I know witches do that. There’s all sorts of information online about it. More power to them! Definitely not my thing. To me, my monthly cycle is all about harmony and balance, not about menstruation being some magical time, or something. Or, menstrual blood being some sort of incredible elixir.