REFLEXOLOGY FOR SUPPORTING MENOPAUSE IN HEREFORD
Menopause if a perfectly natural process. It takes time and is a journey that women will come through.
One of my aims is to support this transition so that menopause becomes part of a healthy ageing journey. Every woman and her menopause is unique and as a reflexologist I am here to:
Listen and support
Provide relaxation and to ease symptoms
Offer general lifestyle advice
Refer where necessary
Menopausal symptoms, which affect eight out of ten women in the UK, are believed to be due to changing hormone levels, particularly oestrogen.
Lifestyle factors also play a crucial role in influencing the acuteness of symptoms. Identifying where lifestyle changes could be made can be a really good place to start including: exposure to stress, diet, exercise, relaxation, sleep and having a sense of purpose.
Some example lifestyle factors to consider are:
Exercise - aerobic (e.g. brisk walking, jogging, biking, swimming), strength training, stretching
Healthy diet - lots of fresh fruit and vegetables!
Limit sugar and stimulant (e.g. caffeine, tobacco) intake
Establish a regular sleep routine
Build in relaxation and learn to focus on yourself more if this isn't something you're used to doing...
Reflexology aims to support menopausal symptoms, of which there are many - the most common being hot flushes, night sweats, headaches or migraines. Clients who are also able to take on lifestyle changes tend to achieve the best results.
I have undergone training with Sally Earlam, Head of Training and Education for the Association of Reflexologists.
Here are a few studies which have shown the effects of reflexology on menopausal symptoms including sleep disorders, hot flushes, depression and vasomotor complaints: