Could Facial Reflexology help with some of your Menopausal symptoms?

Updated: Feb 17

Peri-Menopause and Menopause are a natural part of the Female Reproductive Lifecycle. But for some women, this time can come with crippling and unexpected symptoms that may never have been talked about before or mentioned growing up. Was it ever discussed with you by a mother figures in your life? Did your GP suggest that this may be a cause of some of the symptoms you were experiencing in later life? It can be a bit of a taboo subject for some, hidden in the workplace through fear of it being held against you or it impacting your career. It is very often assumed by the medical profession, that it doesn't happen until your 50's or early 60's so in many cases your symptoms may be discounted as too soon because of your age range or one-off hormone level tests coming back negative in the test results. For me, my Peri-Menopausal symptoms came far earlier than I ever expected in my late 30's. And what I didn't realise back then, was that many of the issues I was experiencing, that my then employers, occupational health team and mainstream Health Professionals all put down to Work-Related Stress and late-onset postnatal depression. The issues I was experiencing were, in fact being exacerbated and made worse by the beginning of my early transition and a lack of understanding on both my part and my employer, what changes I would need in order to be able to manage them effectively. It is easy to say that now, with the benefit of hindsight many years later and the subsequent updates of the NICE recommendations. But at the time, I had absolutely no clue and the idea of flexible working arrangements and environmental adjustments were unheard of really. This is such a broad and complex topic, that I could write about it all day, but rather than go into any more details here, I will focus on how Reflexology may help you to alleviate some of the more common symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause that you may be experiencing.

There are over 40 different recognised symptoms that women describe when discussing 'the change'.

For the purposes of this blog, I will focus on some simple tips that you can try, that may help alleviate 5 of them for you.

Can Reflexology really help?

Facial Reflexology is a complementary therapy that like foot reflexology includes the application of pressure to particular points that correspond to parts of the body only this time on the face. It helps to stimulate the body into bringing about its own homeostasis. Reflexology has been proven to aid relaxation, improve sleep, reduce tension, lift mood, promote wellbeing and reduce the perception of pain. Although no medical claims of any kind are being made here and there is insufficient clinical evidence to support it, I personally and a number of my clients, believe that the combination of these benefits has helped to reduce the overall severity of some of our menopausal symptoms experienced. Reflexology is a complementary therapy and should never be used instead of seeking sound medical advise.

Here are some self-care tips you may like to try out

1. Hot Flushes

Ways to stay cool :

  • using a cold compress or gel pack at the back of your neck, forehead and wrists instead of a spoon