What is Menopause?
Menopause is a term for the cessation of regular menstrual periods in women. In most women, it is accompanied by a host of other physiological and emotional changes.
Most women go through menopause between the age of 45 and 55, with symptoms starting anywhere from around age 35. Throughout this time, your body is starting to change physically, emotionally and hormonally. Additionally, at this stage in a woman’s life she is often under a lot of stress, usually dealing with kids, work, finances and other responsibilities. On top of that, a slow decrease in oestrogen can contribute to emotional, physical and psychological changes. For example, BMI (Body Mass Index) increases, bone density decreases, and metabolism slows down. Other symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings, joint pain, sore muscles, hair loss and brittle nails. These changes and stresses can leave women feeling tired, low in energy, foggy headed, and can also cause insomnia and a lack of libido.
But don't worry! It's not all grim. We have some suggestions for riding out this change with pleasure, self-love and grace.
For many years people have been using massage as a way of relaxing the mind and body. Massage is a great way to focus on your body and become aware of any imbalances that may be occurring in the muscles. With so many changes occurring in the body during menopause and perimenopause (premenopausal stage), the body can easily become misaligned, tight, sore and achy. Massage or Myotherapy can relieve muscle tension and help to realign the body.
Your massage/Myotherapist will assess your posture and look at any alignment problems you may have. From this they will be able to determine what type of treatment you need. While remedial treatment is usually aimed at correcting alignment and aiding recovery from any physical ailments you may have, other benefits my include:
- Improved circulation
- Enhanced quality of sleep
- Reduced fatigue
- Heightened mental alertness
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility
- Promotes healing of soft tissue injuries
- Stimulation of the lymphatic system
Massage can also lower blood pressure and body temperature which may help with reducing symptoms such as hot flushes and foggy head.
Thinking about booking a massage or Myotherapy session? Book online or call us on 03 9440 9453 for more information. Our receptionists will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you discover what type of massage treatment will be best for you.
For a list of the types of massage treatments we have available click here.