Menopause & Peri-menopause
and other hormonal imbalances
Hormones are essential for women’s health and changing levels can affect us both physically and emotionally. As we approach the menopause, our oestrogen levels drop; oestrogen has many functions, including a direct impact on the stress hormone Cortisol. As oestrogen levels drop, Cortisol levels can rise which means that Adrenalin (our primary stress hormone) can easily be triggered in the body leaving us feeing anxious and stressed.
Reflexology encourages the nervous system away from fight and flight, and the mind to drop into an Alpha state – this is when the brain waves are resonating at a level that induces relaxation and brings about daydreaming. The conscious mind effectively becomes less dominant and as a result, in that moment, we let go of any anxieties, worries and what, perhaps is troubling us. Many women report feeling deeply relaxed and are able to get a better nights’ sleep after a having reflexology. The mind calms and returns to a more positive state, and challenges don’t feel quite so overwhelming.
As the nervous system calms, the stress hormones regulate, and the body rebalances, reducing the number and intensity of hot flushes and night sweats. Whilst the treatment cannot eliminate all menopausal symptoms, it is frequently reported to be highly beneficial.
If you feel that you are in the early stages of peri-menopause, a regular treatment will help to soothe the symptoms as and when they present. If however you are experiencing more intense symptoms, a few weekly treatments will help to alleviate the symptoms initially with a view to a regular monthly treatment to keep on top of things.
I have now undertaken and completed specialist training in reflexology for the menopause and am delighted in seeing the benefits so many of my clients are experiencing from treatments during this challenging time of their lives.