BY JOANNE BARRY COLON
Every woman will experience menopause in their own way; however, 70 percent of women experience menopause symptoms such as night sweats, hot flashes and insomnia.
As a reiki master and nutrition coach, I advise my clients to eat leafy greens and other vegetables, fruits, lean protein and whole grains and limit or avoid sugar, white flour and dairy, exercise daily, drink 8 or more glasses of water a day to minimize or decrease their menopause symptoms.
When working with my clients I use and encourage the following eight crystals to help ease their menopause symptoms:
• Amethyst: A great crystal to help decrease insomnia. Place an amethyst crystal under your pillow and experience a good night of restful sleep.
• Carnelian: Helps to balance the Sacral Chakra while balancing the reproductive system.
• Rose Quartz: Is a Love stone which is connected to the Heart Chakra. This stone is very important to carry with you during menopause as this is a time to indulge in self love and enhance your self- esteem. When wearing Rose Quartz many experience joy, love and calmness which will help balance your hormones.
• Moonstone: Relieves stress during menopause and also helps balance hormonal cycle – great during menstruation.
• Lepidolite: Is a great crystal to have for hot flashes. Keep this stone under your pillow to help decrease or prevent hot flashes. To help slow down hot flashes during the day wear lepidolite necklace or earrings.
• Citrine: This stone helps to balance the yin and yang while helping digestion.
• Smoky Quartz: During menopause it’s important to stay grounded. Smoky quartz is connected to the Root Chakra.
• Turquoise: Mood swings run very strong during menopause, along with anxiety and panic attacks. Keeping turquoise in your pocket or wearing as jewelry will help decrease your mood swings and anxiety. Should you experience anxiety or change of mood place your turquoise stone in your non-dominant hand and take a deep breath while exhaling repeat the following affirmation – This too shall pass –
I welcome the next phrase in my life – I am thankful for all I have learned.
When working with the above crystals you can use each one individually or during a crystal chakra balance meditation. Place each crystal on the following Chakra point:
Amethyst: Crown, Third Eye
Rose Quartz: Heart
Moonstone: Third Eye, Heart or Sacral
Lepidolite: Crown, Third Eye or Heart
Citrine: Solar Plexus
Smoky Quartz: Root
Once you have placed each crystal on its Chakra point please enjoy the following Guided Meditation:
Close your eyes and begin to clear your mind of all thoughts. Now begin to visualize each crystal at each chakra point then take notice of the color of each crystal, as you focus on your body moving into the next phrase of life you begin to visualize your body being healthy, strong and lean. The brighter each crystal gets the more you welcome your next phase of life.
Stay in this visualization for as long as you like. When you’re ready take three deep cleansing breaths and with each breath you exhale, exhale with the sound of “om.”
Then repeat, ”I welcome the next phase in my life.” When you’re ready, slowly open your eyes.
I do recommend consulting with your physician and work one on one with a Holistic Practitioner or Reiki Master. Crystal Healing should be used as a compliment to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care. For additional guided meditation workshops go to fitnessrus.org Email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.