Jessica Gamble describes how she went from being a woman who felt overweight and sluggish with irregular periods and a diagnosis of Polycycstic Ovarian Syndrome, to a vital woman with regular periods. The work Jessica has done with herself in order to bring about this life-balancing has been alongside the support of Universal Medicine therapies and the Esoteric Breast Massage.
At 174 cm tall I weighed 80 kilograms and had little vitality or motivation. I felt sluggish and often woke up with enormous back and shoulder pain, a tight jaw and felt constantly dehydrated. I remember having to seek support from my mum who was a qualified bodyworker as most mornings I physically couldn’t get out of bed without a back rub allowing me stand up straight and proceed with my day. During this time I was on the contraceptive pill and had been since age 15 so my periods were falsely manufactured and I therefore had little knowledge of just how much my body was struggling. After I finished a long-term relationship at age 20 I decided to go off the pill in order to see if I could shift some of the excess weight and regain some aliveness in my body as my libido was now well and truly dead.
After a number of referrals and medical tests I was diagnosed with PCOS - Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome informed that I had an imbalance in my testosterone and warned that weight loss would be a constant struggle and fertility may be difficult.
I asked the professionals in front of me what I could do and they prescribed the contraceptive pill, as this would resolve the issue of irregular periods. I felt the contraceptive pill would be more likely to cover up rather than resolve the main issue and decided to see a nutritionist instead. My nutritionist told me that the priority was to loose weight in order to get me back into my BMI range. After 6 months of a low GI diet and increasing my exercise to 4 out of 7 days (minimum) I had dropped 5 kilograms, weighing in at 75 kilograms. However still no periods.
My mother had been attending some complementary health workshops and suggested I have an Esoteric Breast Massage. This was my first session with an Esoteric practioner and I remember feeling uncertain as the modality was unusual and felt a little exposing. However the session was very respectful, and honoring of where I was at in terms of being a young woman who was clearly self-conscious. Throughout the session I had a realisation that I had no relationship with my breasts and instead felt a lot of shame about them. There was a hard numbness to them and I left the session pondering this new connection I had made.
Within the week of receiving this session I had my first period in what was about 16 months. Throughout the next 12 months my periods were not regular but they were much more frequent. On a second occasion after about a 2-month drought I experienced getting my period 5 minutes after receiving an Esoteric Kidney and Ovary Massage.
6 years on at 26 years old thanks to the support of the esoteric modalities I have changed my diet and exercise regime for the better. I make more self-loving and honoring choices in all aspects of my life as I have a much stronger connection to what I want and need. I no longer feel sluggish, I wake filled with vitality and motivation (with 1 or 2 days exception…I am human).
I have a new and amazing connection with my breasts, often admiring them in the mirror they have gone from an A cup to C cup however I have gone from 80 kg to 62kg. With this weight loss my body structure has changed with slender shoulders and less of an armoring stance in my back and arms, the feeling and texture of my skin has even changed!
I am also happy to report I have had regular periods for over 4 years (pretty much to the day). I experience my periods as an amazing clearing and time to connect more deeply with myself. I feel powerful and excited about contributing to society getting on with life, doing what I love and living life to the full.
Jessica Gamble, Sydney