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The Menopause

The Menopause is the process in a woman's body in which the ovaries stop producing the hormone estrogen. The body then reacts to the loss of estrogen through several varying symptoms. These symptoms can be broken down into two categories mental and Physical symptoms
Mental symptoms include:

  • Loss of memory or concentration
  • Increased stress and anxiety
  • Depression or a low mood
  • Change in Libido

Physical symptoms include:

  • Irregular bleeding
  • Bone density changes
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Hot flushes and night sweats
  • Vaginal lining changes
  • Weight gain
  • Weak bladder

It is natural that women who are experiencing the menopause are affected by these symptoms, indeed many women find that their stress levels and anxiety levels are increased. These symptoms can give women a sense of frustration, embarrassment and grief. Thankfully however there are methods that can lower the severity of these symptoms and offer relief.

Methods for Menopause Relief

Lifestyle Change
By changing your daily habits and incorporating more healthful choices, the symptoms of the menopause can be greatly reduced. Exercise such as walking daily for 30 minutes or practicing stress-relieving exercises such as Yoga can be very helpful. Eating a nutritious and balanced diet high in B vitamins and fatty acids will also help you to feel better. Drinking plenty of water and taking a good multi-vitamin can also be of benefit to your changing body.

How Reflexology Can Support the Menopause Experience
Regular reflexology treatments can support a menopausal woman physically, mentally and emotionally. It can help a woman tune into her body’s needs, highlighting imbalances and areas which need attention. It can provide a safe space in which to relax, receive and be self-focused. Having an empathic reflexologist who understands the physical changes behind menopausal symptoms and takes her problems seriously can, in itself, relieve stress.

Premenstrual Tension (PMT/PMS)

Symptoms include:

  • General nervousness and irritability
  • Outbursts of emotional disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Fluid retention or bloating

A good diet is essential together with regular exercise and relaxation. Supplements such as B6 or Evening Primrose can be of benefit, fennel tea and water are nature’s diuretics which are excellent for fluid retention.
Reflexology encourages normal regulation where there is a hormonal imbalance, it also acts to stimulate or inhibit nerve impulses to the brain from which many hormonal signals are received.

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