Victoria Gazzard, Reflexologist and Womb Healing Massage Therapist
Going into early menopause can be a lonely and heartbreaking experience – Victoria Gazzard shares how reflexology and womb healing massage can be a great help
When women go into menopause early, before the age of 40, it is called premature ovarian failure, or premature ovarian insufficiency or simply premature menopause.
Reaching the time of life where your childbearing years are coming to an end can be devastating, especially if women have not had a chance to have a baby before this happens. Although there still can be a very small chance of natural conception if a women is in peri-menopause, egg donation is often the only option for a successful pregnancy outcome in these circumstances.
Impact on health
Going into menopause regardless of age can have a detrimental effect on the body and it is imperative that health and lifestyle changes are made to compensate. The drop in oestrogen and progesterone levels is what causes the many symptoms of premature menopause. These are not only inconvenient; they can also be damaging to mental, physical and emotional health.
The cardiovascular, musculoskeletal systems are all impacted significantly, with bone density falling, which causes an increased risk of osteoporosis. There is also an increased risk of heart disease and even dementia through having premature menopause.
The psychological impact of peri-menopause symptoms can be difficult, especially if you are juggling a busy social life, career and family commitments. Symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, brain fog, anxiety and mood swings, as well as hot flushes and loss of libido can all impact on every aspect of life, including relationships.
Cause and diagnosis
Unfortunately, there is very little support out there for young women dealing with premature menopause. Many struggle with symptoms long before diagnosis, which can be achieved via a simple blood test.
In the majority of cases, the cause of premature menopause is unknown. It may be hereditary, caused by cancer therapy or triggered by early puberty, stress and also environmental toxins that have disrupted the hormonal system.
How reflexology and massage can help
Reflexology and Womb Healing Massage can play a huge role in supporting women going through early menopause.
Reflexology works directly with the nervous system and can be supportive and balancing of the hormonal system. This then helps you to manage stress and anxiety, which is essential for keeping on top of hot flashes. Reflexology is calming and grounding and also has a wonderful effect on sleep – many clients will fall asleep during a session.
As well as being incredibly relaxing, Womb Healing Massage is also very nurturing. It can help to restore a woman’s self-worth so that she can be more empowered in her body. I can also help you work the pelvic floor through simple exercises that assist with lack of tone in this area associated with low oestrogen levels.
For fertility clients who are undergoing Egg Donation, both treatments can support this process beautifully by physically and emotionally preparing the womb and mind.
If you would like more information on how reflexology and womb healing massage can help support you during this significant transition please get in touch with me.