Menopause Bingo anyone?!

Which symptoms have you experiencing this week?

  • Hot flushes
  • Chills
  • Mood swings
  • Brain-fog
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Anxiety
  • Palpitations
  • A change in body odour
  • Changes in taste
  • Weight gain
  • Bloating
  • Thinning hair

Or are they not even listed here?  Peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms seem to be bit like a bingo card - you might get a full house, you might not get any, or you might get different symptoms at different times.   It's no wonder women struggle to find their way through the Menopause!

So what do you do when:

  • There's such a sheer variety of symptoms?
  • Those symptoms can vary from person to person in their ferocity?
  • You consider the huge impact stress has on the symptoms a woman experiences during the menopause?

I've decided that for me, forewarned is forearmed, and while there are early indications that I am peri-menopausal (bloating, aching joints, changes in taste, a couple of very hot nights) I feel now is the perfect time to look into what they menopause may hold for me, and how I can take a more natural and holistic approach to whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at me.

The role of complementary and holistic therapies in supporting the menopause

In order to support my clients (and to help myself!) I've also decided to take a specialist qualification in Reflexology for the menopause.  I'm more convinced than ever that complementary and holistic therapies like Reflexology can help support women and ease their symptoms by:

  • Aiding relaxation
  • Improving mood
  • Releasing tension
  • Aiding sleep
  • Improving your sense of wellbeing

But Reflexology is only part of taking a holistic approach to the menopause.

A natural and holistic approach

The Reflexologist Sally Earlam suggests there are five areas to explore when it comes to taking a more natural. and holistic approach to the menopause:

  1. Diet - Okay, this might have to wait until after Christmas (!) but think about a more plant based diet, lots of fresh fruit and veg, low on the processed foods.
  2. Relaxation - This is where complementary therapies like Reflexology can help, but it's also about finding the time to build in relaxation every day.
  3. Finding a sense of purpose - The menopause is a time of change, of transition.  But who do you want to be and how are you going to get there?
  4. Sleep - Making sure you're getting enough good quality sleep.
  5. Exercise - The right kind and the right amount for YOU

Reflexology for menopause - special offer*

If you're interested in a more natural and holistic approach to your peri-menopause / menopausal symptoms then why not take advantage of one of the support packages I'm offering during December and January?

  • 1 treatment = £37 = £13 saving
  • 3 treatments = £102 = £48 saving
  • 4 treatments = £120 = £70 saving

As well as finding out how the deep relaxation from Reflexology can help you feel,  I'll also signpost you to the resources and techniques you need to empower you to take a more holistic approach to your menopause journey  using the five pillars identified above - diet, relaxation, finding a sense of purpose, sleep and exercise.

Treatments are available at Neal’s Yard Remedies in Bury St Edmunds, Puressence in Sudbury and from Picken House in Elmswell.  For more information, or to book yours:

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