The Menopause is a natural change in the female reproductive system that normally occurs between the ages 41 and 55, although perimenopausal symptoms may occur earlier.
It is the process in a woman’s body when the ovaries stop producing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. The body then reacts to the loss of hormones through several varying symptoms which can include:
One of the most common problems I encounter with menopausal clients is very low self-confidence as many of them struggle with the troublesome menopause symptoms and to fight the unattainable victory against ageing. It also happens in a woman's life when they have others stresses, such as children leaving home, elderly parents who need more care and maybe their careers are reaching a turning point.
If you're going through the perimenopause or menopause, it's really important to know that it's a perfectly natural process that takes time - you're not ill (even though it feels that way sometimes!).
Every woman and her menopause is unique and as a Reflexologist I am here to:
For you, it's a time to pause and reframe
Who do you want to be for the next phase of your life? How do you want to achieve this?
Reflexology has been found to be very effective in helping both the physical and emotional symptoms of the menopause without the side effects associated with drug based treatments. It truly is a wonderful therapy to help women in their journey through the menopause.
“Chronically elevated Cortisol (stress) increases the
likelihood of severe menopausal symptoms”
Cagnacci et al. 2011. Menopause 18, 3, 273-8
Reflexology will help to reduce the stress that can cause a lot of these symptoms, achieved by working on the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus and the adrenal reflex points.
Here at Barefoot Reflexology, I can provide a stress-free zone in which to relax, unwind and revitalise. Having an empathic Reflexologist who understands the physical and emotional changes behind menopausal symptoms can really make the difference.
Reflexology will help put hormones back into balance and act like a process of emotional cleansing which can relieve stress and restore harmony to the body and the soul.
I also encourage clients look at additional ways to support this process by looking into the
Five Pillars of Menopause
1. sleep - how can you achieve your 8 hours?
2. exercise - weight-bearing, strength, flexibility, aerobic and balancing
3. relaxation - deep relaxation allows the body to heal and repair
4. diet - which foods will optimise your health?
5. purpose - find your flow!
Studies have been done on 5 places in the world, where women don't really get menopausal symptoms - these are called the Blue Zones and the women in these places have a lot in common in their diet, lifestyle and outlook. Click here to go to the website for more information, or click on the diagram below to find out more about the lifestyle and diet tips that all the Blue Zones have in common
Take a moment today and celebrate your uniqueness – it will nurture your confidence!