Oops. I was going to write about oblique abdominal stretches, except I’m pretty sure my pelvis is going to explode.
Okay, I know it’s not going to explode — but I kind of wish it would.
MenstroMonster Disclaimer: Due to a few different pelvic pain conditions, my period involves significant negative sensations for me. It’s awesome if you’re able to view yours more positively, but please understand that this is not the case for me (or for some others who experience chronic pain). Menstrual humor, crass and TMI though it may be, is a helpful coping tool.
I’m not sure if it’s my ergonomically unkind desk chair — the only thing that’s really changed since my last period — but my hip flexors about want to shut down on me. To counter that, I have been spending yin amounts of time (1 to 5 minutes, depending on comfort level) in dragon pose:
Yes, hanging out there is intense for my back hip, but it’s sort of cathartic to be able to feel like I’m directing the pain into something productive. Or, really, to feel like I’m directing anything about the pain.