As a completely natural process that almost all women experience at some point in their lives, the topic of menopause has only recently, but very rightly, become a subject of conversation and education for all. 
We say all hail Davina McCall and all other trailblazers that are shouting from the rooftops about hot flushes, brain fogs, increased anxiety, and lack of sleep. How else would everyone understand how much of an impact the menopause can have? 
As sports massage therapists, we know that soft tissue massage can help with a huge variety of circumstances, including when our bodies go through changes as we mature. 

How can massage help with menopause symptoms? 

Alongside the known effects that menopause has on bone density, a lesser-known effect of the reduction of estrogen during menopause is its impact on the structure and strength of tendons. This means that some women who are perimenopausal and during menopause are at a higher risk of suffering muscular injuries such as Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis. 
Unfortunately, it’s much easier to overload the muscles and tendons with low estrogen levels and cause injury. However, undertaking a regular course of soft tissue massage can help alleviate these conditions and avoid these annoying niggles turning into long-term injuries that hold you back from achieving your goals. 
Massage is also a wonderful tool in dealing with other symptoms associated with menopause. Anxiety levels can feel high, and you may feel overwhelmed. Life can seem a little scary at times, and many struggle with accepting change. Massage is a natural way of encouraging better relaxation by calming the nervous system. 
Many women experience issues with sleep around this time too. Regular soft tissue massages and learning how to relax will help improve sleep patterns while calming the body and improving general well-being. The menopause is a milestone in a woman’s life, and there’s no denying it can be a challenging time, but it certainly should not be suffered in silence. 

The power of massage in managing menopause symptoms 

Menopause is a journey, and like any journey, it comes with its ups and downs. But just because it’s a natural part of life doesn’t mean we have to endure its discomforts alone. This is where the power of massage comes into play. 
Massage therapy isn’t just about working out knots in muscles; it’s about nurturing the body, mind, and spirit. During menopause, when our bodies are undergoing significant hormonal changes, this nurturing becomes especially important. 
Imagine sinking into a warm massage table, feeling the gentle pressure of skilled hands working out the tension in your muscles. With each stroke, you feel yourself letting go of the stress and anxiety that have been weighing you down. Your mind clears, and a sense of calm washes over you. This is the power of massage in menopause. 
By targeting specific areas of tension and using techniques designed to promote relaxation, massage can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with menopause. From hot flashes to insomnia to mood swings, regular massage therapy can provide much-needed relief. 
But the benefits of massage go beyond just physical relief. Menopause can be a time of profound emotional and spiritual growth, and massage can support this journey by providing a safe space for introspection and self-care. 

How can we help? 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of perimenopause or menopause and are seeking support, consider reaching out to a licensed massage therapist – like us! We can work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and goals. 
Whether you’re looking to alleviate physical discomfort, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, or simply indulge in some much-needed self-care, massage therapy can be an invaluable tool on your journey through menopause. 
Contact us today to book an appointment! 
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