Managing the Menopause
For many of us, the menopause signals the beginning of the end. We misunderstand our bodies and assume that they are failing us. However, post-menopause, most women will have 30-40 years left and it is crucial that we take the time to pause, take stock and evaluate how we want to spend the wisest years of our lives, as well as finding ways to take the best care of our minds and bodies to maximise our health.
Dealing with this natural transition, the move from childbearing towards a more liberated and more relaxed phase of life isn't always easy. Many women experience symptoms like mood swings, hot flushes, insomnia, headaches and fatigue and anxiety associated with perimenopause and the menopause.
Our 21st century culture adds psychological pressure. A youth-obsessed world tends to emphasise “loss” of fertility, rather than transition and the accumulation of wisdom and freedom. Today, for most women, the traditional roles of motherhood and homemaking are combined with full time work and, if that wasn't enough, menopause often occurs at a period of other emotionally difficult times, when children are leaving home and there's a re-evaluation of roles within the family.
How does Reflexology help?
Menopause is a period of transition. Oestrogen levels start to fall and this has many impacts, functions, including the levels of the “stress hormone” Cortisol. As oestrogen levels fall cortisol levels can rise which means that the “flight fight hormone, adrenaline can easily be triggered and this can leave us feeling anxious and stressed.
Three common symptoms that women can experience in perimenopause and menopause are hot flushes, poor sleep and anxiety. A 2012 randomised controlled trial in Iran, studying the effects of Reflexology on menopausal women showed a reduction of hot flushes from 4 to 9 per day to 2-3 per day and a significant reduction in sleep disorders. Reflexology has also been shown to significantly reduce anxiety state associated with ‘an increased feeling of ease and a reduction in anxiety”.
How can Reflexology help support you through the menopause?
Reflexology aids relaxation and helps improve wellbeing. Reflexology may also help improve mood, release tension and aid sleep; helping us to cope better and easing the stresses during this transitional time.
Reflexology acknowledges that every person is a unique individual, the only way to know if reflexology will help you is to try it!
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