• Clare


It is great to see greater awareness of the Menopause on TV and what us as ladies go through. Thanks to Davina McCall for making sure that awareness and advice stays in the forefront of our minds. I have been watching Davina's documentary she has made with channel 4 and I was shocked to find out that women are having to reduce their hours at work because of menopausal symptoms and that 1 in 10 women quit their jobs due to the menopause. With greater awareness hopefully ladies can reclaim their bodies and life back. I have been completing specific training into treating ladies at peri menopause and menopausal stages. In ladies Cortisol naturally increases post 40. The higher cortisol levels are in the body the rougher the ride we seem to have through the menopause (Cagnacci et al, 2011. Menopause 18,3 273-8.) Cortisol is often referred to as our stress hormone and can take from our basic hormones that create equilibrium on the body. As a result we get side effects throughout the body.

There have been many research studies into the benefits of reflexology during the menopause.

Maryam Asltoghiri & Zahra Ghodsi Procdia (2012) The effects of Reflexology on Sleep Disorder in menopausal women. Social and Behavioural Sciences Vol 31 pp242-246

Compared foot massage to foot reflexology and although improvement was seen in both groups. It was statistically significantly better in the reflexology group. It was also found hot flushes also reduced in the reflexology group. They concluded that reflexology was an effective treatment for sleep disorders and hot flushes in the menopause.

Gozuysil E, & Baser. M (2016) The Effects of Reflexology applied to women aged between 40 and 60 on vasomotor complaints and quality of life. Complimentary Therapy Clinical Practice August 24 78-85

They conducted a randomised controlled trial with 120 women. The means scores were lower in the reflexology group for hot flushes, sweats and night sweats and showed a statistically significant improvement in the sexual domain. They concluded that Reflexology can be effective in decreasing vasomotor problems and increasing the quality of life in these women.

Mahdavipour, F. et al (2019) The effects of Reflexology on depression during menopause: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial Complementary Therapies in Medicine Vol 47 The Beck depression questionnaire was used at the beginning and two months later in treatment. They found that over time the mean scores were lower over time in the reflexology group.

When considering getting a reflexology treatment for menopausal symptoms it is important to make sure that the reflexologist is specifically trained in this area to ensure the correct points in the feet are being tended to.

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