Menopause & Reflexology

ReflexologyMenopause is the moment in a women’s life when she stops menstruating permanently, usually after the age of 45. Often women don’t expect menopausal complaints to occur until they have reached menopause – the absolute cessation of periods. But a woman’s last period is usually preceded by a long transition which is called perimenopause (“peri” means around or near) and can last about 10 years. A woman may experience symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, headaches, sleeping problems or night sweats. In fact, the so-called menopausal symptoms are often worse during perimenopause and then ease off within one year once the woman has reached menopause.


The main thing to keep in mind about perimenopause is that it a completely normal process and not a disease to be treated. But in order to have the best transition possible, it is important to be optimally healthy – physically and emotionally. Whereas some women “sail” through the change with hardly any complaints at all, others experience a wide range of symptoms due to the hormonal shift in the body, especially the decline of estrogen and progesterone. The ovaries start to slow down their hormonal production in perimenopause while other organs and tissues partially take over this task such as body fat, skin, brain, the adrenal glands and even peripheral nerves. A healthy body is equipped to produce all the hormones a woman needs throughout her life. This ability can be supported or undermined – depending on the woman’s lifestyle and health choices.


Women often feel that there is an internal shift during menopause. The hormonal shift in the body also affects brain chemistry which is shown in the change of mood and emotions such as anger or depression. Menopause is often a switch in a woman’s life from being geared towards family and nurturing – to being more oriented towards their own self. This change can make women feel insecure as things they loved and did in the past no longer feel appropriate. Moreover, if women overlook this shift and try to keep going as they used to, it may contribute to their physical symptoms. The hormonal change may also bring unresolved emotional issues to the surface. If women don’t look at their underlying emotional difficulties, it may manifest as imbalances in the body and lead the way to menopausal complaints.


Reflexology is a healing method that is very helpful in supporting a women’s transition into menopause. This method promotes the self-healing powers in the body and assist in balancing hormones. Treatments include working with the hormonal system, the nervous system and the lymphatic system which are reflected in the feet. By stimulating these areas, it affects the corresponding areas in the body and helps to alleviate symptoms. Women experience improved health such as less hot flashes, less night sweats, better sleep, better digestion or less frequent headaches. But Reflexology does more than addressing physical complaints: Women often report that they are in much better contact with themselves. They find it easier to identify their needs and make better choices for their health (like going to bed early, making time for themselves, including pleasurable activities into their day or writing a journal). So Reflexology is an effective method to support women in (peri)menopause to gain better health – physically and emotionally!