Supporting You Through Your Menopause Journey
I’m passionate about the positive benefits of a natural holistic approach to women’s health and wellbeing, including healthy ageing, which is why I’ve invested in additional training to become a Reflexology for Menopause specialist. This training means I can give you the best possible treatment plus advice, guidance, tools, and techniques to empower you to take control of your menopause journey.
What is the menopause?
Did you know menopause is technically the term used when you haven’t had a period for 12 consecutive months? Prior to this you go through the perimenopause, a period of time where hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone begin to fluctuate and then decline. Together they make up what we call ‘the menopause’, something every woman goes through, yet incredibly every woman experiences differently – different ages, different lengths, different symptoms.
How old are you when you go through the menopause – and what are the symptoms?
For the average woman in the UK, menopause occurs at the age of 51 and lasts for around 4 years, but for many it can be earlier or later, and symptoms can continue from anything from 1-12 years, the most common being brain fog, hot flushes, weight gain, erratic periods, and feeling low. But the truth is, there are over 30 different symptoms (see diagram ) that could indicate you’re going through the menopause – and you could experience none, one or several of these at any one time, and all at varying degrees.
But the menopause isn’t just about the physical changes and symptoms you experience during this transition. It often occurs at the same time your children need you less and parents need you more, when you’re considering a career consolidation or a career change, when begin reflecting on who you were, who you are, and who you want to be as you move on to the next stage of your life. No wonder while some sail through for many others the menopause is a difficult, stressful, and anxious time.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Taking a more holistic approach and exploring 5 of the key factors for a healthy menopause – lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, sleep, and purpose (finding out who you want to be) – can make a huge positive difference, physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Delving deeper into these key elements will enable you to make the (often small changes) that will bring about the biggest benefit to your health and wellbeing, leaving you feeling empowered and ready to take control of your menopause journey. And the added benefit? They’re the foundations for healthy ageing too!
Reflexology for Menopause
Every woman’s experience of the menopause is different, but common difficulties include trouble relaxing, poor sleep, and a reduced sense of health and wellbeing. Unsurprisingly all these feed into increased levels of stress, in turn exacerbating any other symptoms you might be experiencing.
If you follow me on social media, you’ll know how often I focus on the huge benefits of reducing stress in terms of improving your health and wellbeing, and it’s no different when it comes to the menopause – reducing stress really can help to reduce your symptoms, and what better place to start than with some regular Reflexology treatments tailored to you?
As a trained Reflexology for Menopause specialist, I’ll focus on the key reflexes on your feet which relate to your specific symptoms as well as giving you the space you need to relax, helping to improve your sleep and general sense of health and wellbeing – all of which are going to help reduce stress. Just as importantly I’ll help you make sense of your symptoms by explaining how your lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, relaxation, sleep, and sense of purpose might be exacerbating them, and exploring what changes you might want to make and why.
You’ll leave your treatment feeling wonderfully relaxed, armed with advice, guidance, and takeaway tools and techniques you can use at home, empowering you to take control of your menopause journey.
Reflexology and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
When it comes to your menopause journey, the wonderful thing about complementary and holistic therapies like Reflexology is they can be used as stand-alone support or as part of an integrated approach alongside treatments like HRT.
How many treatments will I need?
Reflexology is not a quick fix and it’s a bit like going to the gym where you need to put in some work to see some results – you’re not going to walk out of your first Reflexology session free of symptoms! Depending on the severity of your symptoms I’d recommend 4-6 weekly treatments to really help you get on top of things, followed by regular monthly treatments. However, I work with you to create a treatment plan that suits both your needs and your pocket.
Cost and Appointments
- £45, 60-minute appointment
- £60, 75-minute appointment
Reflexology for menopause can also be combined with Reiki for a deeply relaxing 90 -minute treatment:
- £70, 90-minute appointment
Resources and further reading
Whatever stage you’re at on your menopause journey, doing some research can really help you be prepared for the road ahead, and there are lots of excellent resources to support you through the menopause, healthy ageing and beyond. Here are a few of my favourites:
- Everything you Need to Know About the Menopause (but were too afraid to ask), by Kate Muir (2022 Gallery Books UK)
- Preparing for the Perimenopause and Menopause, by Dr Louise Newson (2021 Penguin Life)
- The Natural Health Bible for Women, by Marilyn Glenville PhD (2015 Watkins Media Ltd)
- BBC latest content on the menopause
- Balance.com – a menopause website and app founded by Dr Louise Newson
- Menopause & Me – dedicated website
- Menopause Matters – home of Menopause Matters Magazine
- Menopause & Me
- The Dr Louise Newson podcast (also known as the Balance podcast)
- Menopause Podcast – What the Mind Expects – available on all major podcasting platforms
Due to both the subject matter and the huge variety of symptoms associated with the menopause, there’s very little specific research on Reflexology and the menopause. However, there are currently 4 studies that show some positive findings, and these are:
- The effects of reflexology on sleep disorder in menopausal women Maryam Asltoghiri, Zahra Ghodsi. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 31, 2012, Pages 242-246.
- The effects of reflexology applied to women aged between 40 and 60 on vasomotor complaints and quality of life. Gozuyesil E, Baser M. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:78-85.
- The effects of reflexology on depression during menopause: A randomized controlled clinical trial. F Mahdavipour et al. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Volume 47, 2019,
- The effects of reflexology for menopausal women. Williamson, J et al. BJOG_Oxford, 2002 Vol 109:Number 9, pg 1050-1055