Are you suffering from the symptoms of menopause?
If so, you are not alone! In fact, 80% of perimenopausal and menopausal women experience at least one clinical symptom and 40% seek medical advice.
Did you know that massage therapy has been found to be very effective in treating many of the most common complaints? Some of these include insomnia, hot flashes, night sweats, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, and depression.
A recent study showed that massage therapy has a positive influence on sleep for menopausal women. Participants fell asleep more quickly, showed improvement in their quality of sleep, and awoke feeling better with regular massage treatments. Similarly, many studies have shown that massage therapy leads to more time spent in deep sleep.
Psychology Today reported that sleeplessness and menopausal symptoms are closely connected, and that decreased sleep makes a person more sensitive to pain, increased stress and mood swings. Thankfully, massage therapy calms the nervous system, helping with stress and anxiety, as well as better sleep.
According to the Institute for Integrated Healthcare, regular massage therapy treatments have also been found to help with menopausal symptoms by balancing hormones, decreasing headaches, helping to regulate fluid balance, and increasing endorphins. In fact, another study has shown that regular massage therapy leads to a significant improvement in hot flashes and night sweats.
The research is clear:
- Increased stress causes menopausal symptoms to be more severe.
- Regular massage therapy can significantly decrease menopausal symptoms.
- Relaxation is an important aspect of maintaining one’s health.
- Proper breathing techniques can also have a positive effect on menopausal symptoms.
Regardless of your stage of life, taking steps to decrease stress will help you to live a happier, more well balanced, and healthier life. Choose to live better, choose Better Health!