Reflexology for Perimenopause and Menopause
Have you begun to notice changes in your cycle? Perhaps you feel your mood is changing, having periods of feeling emotionally unbalanced, or you are becoming prone to bouts of anxiety? You may be experiencing some night sweats and even hot flushes, that is disturbing your sleep. For some, the symptoms can severely affect day to day activities, work, relationships, and home life. Lifestyle changes can considerably help such as regular exercise, good nutrition, avoidance of stimulants – the usual offenders, caffeine, alcohol, sugar etc, but perhaps the cause of early menopause is stress – it causes havoc to our hormonal system, only making symptoms worse.
It seems that Perimenopause (the first stage) is the most disruptive period where symptoms become more obvious and unpredictable. Unfortunately, for some, this period can last a few years. Once cycles have ceased for a consecutive twelve months, symptoms appear to reduce but women report that some, typically hot flushes, continue way into the post-menopause stage.
Reflexology can help ease common symptoms of Perimenopause and Menopause
Menopause reflexology works by regulating the hormones and glandular functions of the body. It can help to ease and balance both the physical and emotional systems. By working on the endocrine system, specifically the hypothalamus and pituitary gland, it can help to restore balance to the hormonal system.
This in turn can alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes as well as anxiety. By calming the central nervous system, sleep disturbances, anxiety and stress levels can also be reduced.
Although menopausal symptoms may continue for a prolonged period, helping reduce the impact of stress will help to reduce the associated symptoms.
Recent studies have found that reflexology is effective for reducing hot flushes, sweats and sleep disturbances. In 2016 women who had symptoms of menopause were given Reflexology treatments twice weekly for six weeks. The study concluded that women reported fewer hot flushes, sweats and night sweats as a result of regular reflexology treatments (Gozuyesil & Baser, 2016).
Whilst Reflexology cannot stop the natural process of menopause, it can certainly help to bring balance, calmness and a greater control to your body and mind at this physically changing phase of your life.
As every woman’s body is different, the course of reflexology will be designed for the individual. Women however find it most beneficial to have regular treatments, initially either weekly or fortnightly to help regulate their body.