Can a massage cure the worst of your period symptoms? In the clutches of mood swings and weird cravings, I decided to find out.
It’s 5:32 p.m., and I’m late. Not that kind of late—I’m expecting my period in a few days. But ironically, that’s exactly why I’m a bit out of sorts as I weave down this crowded Brooklyn sidewalk, sweating, toting a heavy bag, emotions teetering from psychotic laughter to weary despair to insatiable hunger—Do brownies filled with French fries exist?—looking for a massage parlor. I’m PMSing, and I’m about to get a period massage.
If you’re like me, the first time you hear the phrase “period massage,” a lightbulb goes on. A massage catered specifically to women at the height of their worst period symptoms just makes sense. Do a bit of googling, and you’ll come to find that massage to ease the cramps, bloating, physical fatigue, and mental exhaustion associated with PMS is far from a new concept. (These yoga poses to relieve PMS and menstrual cramps can help, too.)
So, why haven’t I heard about period massage before?