Reflexology for Menopause
Reduced Sex Drive
The Menopause is a natural change in the female reproductive system that normally occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. As you get older your body starts producing less estrogen; your egg stores decrease, and you stop ovulating. 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. Most women will experience some symptoms around the menopause however the duration and severity of these symptoms varies from woman to woman.
Symptoms usually start a few months or years before periods stop known as the perimenopause and can persist for some time afterwards with a significant impact on daily life for some women, symptoms can include:
Reflexology can help with the physical and emotional menopausal symptoms by regulating the hormones and glandular functions of the body. Reflexology helps to restore balance to the endocrine system, by working with the hypothalamus and pituitary this in turn can alleviate hot flushes and anxiety.
Calming the central nervous system, sleep disturbances can also be alleviated and anxiety and stress levels reduced. By regulating calcium and phosphorous levels in the thyroid gland, bone loss can prevented. Reflexology also helps the ovaries to regulate their oestrogen secretions and the uterus to maintain its natural health and flexibility.
A study completed in Iran found that the effects of Reflexology on menopausal women showed a reduction in hot flushes , anxiety and an improvement in sleep.
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