24th November 2017 
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Reflexology and menopause

The following wording has been prepared by therapy websites, to describe the range of therapies offered by therapy websites clients, in this case reflexology and menopause. This wording is not the responsibility of the Adlerian Society, and is not endorsed by the Adlerian Society

Although the image of menopause often focusses on the negative and terrible symptoms, it is a natural process in which a woman’s body transitions from its reproductive years into its non-reproductive years, which can also be associated with a more relaxed phase of life. The anthropologist Margaret Mead said that her own experience was of giving up PMS for PMZ - post-menopausal zest! Menopause typically (but not always) occurs in women in midlife, during their late 40s or early 50s, and signals the end of the fertile phase of a woman's life. Not everyone finds it a positive experience, however, and if you are looking for a natural therapy to help you with the changes your body is undertaking, reflexologists who may have the experience you require are available in Basingstoke, Chippenham and Swansea.

Strictly speaking "menopause" refers to the last menstrual period, in other words the moment when menstruation stops, as opposed to the "menarche" being the first menstrual cycle, or first menstrual bleeding. The transition period of ongoing changes and adjustments which we usually refer to as the menopause, is officially known as the “climacteric”, comprising the pre-menopause (usually from age 40, when hormonal changes take place but may be hardly noticeable), through the peri-menopause (ovary function declines and periods become irregular) through to the post-menopause (from the time of the last period). Most physical changes are noticed during the peri-menopause, and it during this time that women may turn to treatments such as HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). If you are considering HRT but wish first to have a discussion with a reflexologist about their experience in this area, therapists who should be able to help may be found in Camberley, Epping and Harrow.

Physically, many women experience hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, fatigue and loss of libido. In addition psychological symptoms are common such as depression, poor memory, anxiety and irritability, and these may be exacerbated by life changes happening at around the same time. If the combination of these are pushing you to what feels like a breaking point, then you may find that a talking therapy such as counselling or psychotherapy are needed to work it all through. As a complementary therapy however, reflexology is often combined with counselling, so if you are unsure about undertaking counselling and just feel you need some me-time, then you can locate a reflexologist in Redhill, March and South Molton.

At a time such as this, when the body is undergoing such great change, having an empathic reflexologist who understands the physical changes behind menopausal symptoms and takes these problems seriously can be of great help and a great stress reliever in itself. So, before starting with a course of reflexology, its always worth an initial telephone conversation and if possible a taster session, to reassure yourself you can establish a trusting relationship with your therapist. Reflexologists who may be happy to offer free initial calls or taster sessions can be found in Brixton, Liverpool and Taunton.

During menopause, a reflexologist will aim to provide support on the physical, mental and emotional level. Different reflexologists may attempt slightly different treatments depending upon their assessment of your symptoms.