The Menopause / Peri Menopause
Ladies – If there is one thing we can be certain of – we know it is going to happen so let’s prepare for it the best way we can. We shouldn’t suffer in silence – there is so much help out there!
So, what is the menopause?
Well, it begins with the Peri menopause which starts around 45 – 55 years of age although some ladies have started experiencing symptoms in their 30s.
At this time – oestrogen levels are falling because the ovulatory function is declining. Instead of monthly periods, levels decline and so you might only ovulate once or twice a year – that’s when symptoms begin.
Night sweats, hot flushes, psychological problems – anxiety, low mood, brain fog, short term memory loss, short term focus, poor concentration are all menopausal symptoms experienced by many. All too often, ladies just soldier on and don’t get help.
How can reflexology help the menopause?
As a holistic therapist, I have to look at the “whole” person coming for a treatment. It is not as simple as offering a reflexology treatment, it is about assessing the client’s lifestyle – home life, diet, where they work, what they do, how they sleep, how they relax, stress levels, how is their energy etc,
Why is this relevant – they’ve just come for a reflexology session?!
In my experience, women are under a lot of stress. They often work, manage the family, run a home, are involved with clubs , societies etc and most have very little time for themselves. This includes not eating well, racing around in the day – surviving on coffee, seldom eating properly and to relax, wine can feature regularly. Not with everyone certainly but enough for me to make these observations. Stress and stimulants are not the menopause’s friends.
For reflexology to help the menopause, initially weekly treatments are recommended ( finances permitting – I understand especially during Covid and lockdown) , moving to fortnightly then a maintenance programme of once a month. I have found that with the menopause , this was necessary to give the body the best chance to de-stress at the start of the treatment. No one thing or treatment plan has suited everyone and it’s important to evaluate after each session how clients are feeling so I always catch up with ladies 24 hours after treatment.
I encourage things like yoga, pilates, meditation and personally use headspace. I include lots of endocrine balancing in the reflexology routine and also show ladies hand reflexology techniques that they can do themselves at home.
Taking things like sage leaf is said to reduce hot flushes in number and strength. Evening primrose oil, Vitamin B complex, exercise and diet are also crucial. Cutting down on alcohol, even abstaining for a while is great!
In addition to helping with menopausal symptoms, reflexology is an incredibly relaxing treatment and allows you to have an hour to yourself, to de-stress, to relax and in most cases, have a little snooze so give it a go!
Here are some websites and facebook pages that have been recommended to me, I hope they help.
I am not medically trained and would advise you of course to visit your GP to discuss your symptoms with them and seek the best course of action.
What I want to do is provide you with some great reference and help sources and how reflexology can help. I’m always available for a chat
Website: www.stopbreathethink.org (available as a free iOS or Android APP)
You Tube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCbcI2r4u2hyBjyNe9YcoDfA (Various non spiritual meditation videos for anxiety or sleep by MindfulPeace)