Menopause is a transitional stage in a woman’s life. By definition, menopause simply means pausing of menstruation, so menopause is the date of your final period, with no further bleeds for 12 months afterwards. Perimenopause literally means 'around menopause' and is generally the period of time in the run up to your final period, which can be as much as 10 years before you actually reach menopause when your periods stop.
When oestrogen levels start to decline and fluctuate it can result in a variety of symptoms being experienced. This is perimenopause and can happen from late your 30s and early 40s onwards. You may be experiencing menopausal symptoms without even realising it! We are all obviously unique and will experience the menopause in very different ways. How you approach this stage in your life is incredibly important. We believe that 'forewarned is forearmed' - starting by getting the right information on board about the menopause, so you can make more informed decisions about the ways to cope with any symptoms you might be experiencing.
There are many ways to cope with symptoms. Taking a holistic approach is essential. Understanding how small tweaks and nudges to your diet, lifestyle choices and exercise levels can have a significant impact. Investing in your health and wellbeing with regular reflexology sessions provides effective support when going through this transitional stage of life, which can often prove challenging for many people. Realising the advantages that complementary therapies, especially reflexology, can bring. It can genuinely help to reduce stress levels, resulting in deep relaxation that helps to improve sleep patterns, reduce anxiety, relieve tension and aching joints, amongst many other benefits.
Unfortunately, the menopause is often seen as a negative period of time, with many dreading this stage of their lives, due to the myriad of different symptoms that can potentially be experienced, and the negative connotations of ageing and the menopause which are sometimes portrayed in the media.
Viewing this stage of life in a different way certainly has a positive effect. It is a time of life to start really noticing how your body behaves and reacts, then understanding what it needs. It's a time to review things like your lifestyle choices. It can be very empowering to really evaluate what you want out of life and what tweaks and nudges you need to make to ensure long term health and wellbeing, and a better quality of life.