Women and The Menopause
To Celebrate our first Tring Wellbeing Community Pop Up Menopause Café , we have published a series of articles written by the Practioners who will be attending.
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I think we would all agree that amongst the general population in our culture, where youth is prized and celebrated, menopause is taboo, a dirty word and something to be shied away from. Despite the fact that each and every woman will go through this life stage – a real a hormonal change and as disruptive as puberty! – when the time comes, she will probably be suffering in silence, soldiering on both at home and at work, with little or no support.
Menopause isn’t just night sweats, dry vaginas or achy joints. Each woman’s symptoms are as unique and as individual as she is, far from textbook or fitting into a diagnostic criteria! For some women, menopause represents rejuvenation, a new lease of life, a time for reflection and revaluation of her life goals and purpose, a time when she is free to be herself, to live life for herself and to develop and grow as a person.
For others, it couldn’t come at a worse time. A time when she is at the peak of her career, she finds herself taking on more responsibility, managing major life transitions, as her family flee the nest or become frail and instead of feeling on top of her game, she is feeling exhausted and way below par. Her sleep is disrupted, her body no longer feels her own, her sex drive diminishes, sleep becomes an obsession, her moods are low and life becomes a chore, a constant struggle.
Tring Wellbeing is mindful that every woman experiences the menopause in a way that is unique to her and recognises that entering the menopause can have has a huge impact on daily life. However, with support and guidance, Menopause can be a time of transition and growth.
In the spirit of community and in enabling women to do what they do best, Tring Wellbeing is hosting a Pop up Menopause Café where women have the opportunity to speak out about the experiences of the menopause, to share stories and to support each other over chit chat and a glass of wine in a relaxed friendly environment.
Counselling & The Menopause
The Menopause comes at a time when a woman is often at the height of her career, juggling job, family and hormones! Some women sail through the menopause or experience it as an unfolding, a pathway towards becoming her true self where she begins appraising her life and reflects on her goals and the quality of her relationships.
For others, menopause represents a time where she feels emotional, ‘out of control,’ generally unwell, ‘just not like me’ and daily life feels overwhelming and ‘like wading through treacle.’ As her body is going through changes, she may be experiencing symptoms and aliments that she hasn’t had before: mood swings, lack of sex drive, muscle and joint pains, poor hearing or eyesight, erratic sleep and as a result, over time, she may also be exhibiting the signs and symptoms of stress such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks
The hormonal moods swings and stress can also trigger unresolved emotional issues sending he into crisis or even emotional break down. She may be facing grief and loss as her role and purpose may dramatically change from wife and mother to that of carer for elderly relatives, or she may be experiencing the ‘empty nest syndrome’ as her children leave home. She may be facing bereavements as older family stalwarts pass on, leaving a huge gap in her family life. Consequently, she may be taking on more responsibility and have less time, or suddenly find she has way too much time on her hands and feel rudderless, isolated and lonely.
The average age for Menopause is 51, a time when we realise that time is matching on. She may feel at a cross roads and think about regrets and missed opportunities. No longer being of child bearing age, she may mourn the loss of her youth, her looks and may feel less desirable. All this could make her mood spiral.
How ever each woman experience’s the menopause, counselling can be a source of regular help and support, where she can discuss and explore all these thoughts and feelings in a safe non-judgmental environment. Where she can learn to manage stress, anxiety or mood swings or work through grief and loss. She will be able to identify her strengths and attributes and tap back into her resilience. Over time she will begin to forge her dreams into goals and navigate a safe passage through to the other side of this journey where she will be able to view menopause as a transition into another chapter of her life, one that can bring greater personal freedom and rewards in its own way.
Clare Crichton MBACP (Accredited) UKRCP 07887 725706 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kim Harries TWC Founder 07976 742915 http://www.tcpcounselling.co.uk
Sleep, Energy & The menopause
Helping women of a very fine vintage to feel fab through harnessing the power of nutrigenomics is what I’ll be covering in my talk at the Menopause Cafe. Activating your body to naturally produce its own antioxidants by Nrf2 activation helps with better sleep, more energy and faster recovery. Tap into this natural, clinically proven wellbeing breakthrough and if menopause symptoms are getting you down, check out Nicky’s experience of Nrf2 activation for menopause symptoms:
“Five thing have happened to me since I started my nutrigenomics journey. 1.) I am sleeping better, 2.) I wake up literally bouncing out of bed, 3.) My almost constant anxiety has virtually gone, 4.)I have loads of energy after previously feeling I was dragging myself through the day….no 3 o’clock dip or falling asleep at 9.30 and number 5 I have got back my confidence, patience and sense of humour!”. Www.feelfab.direct.
Phlippa Taylor, 07866 480700 http://www.feelfab.direct
Energy Healing, Creative Visualisations
& The Menopause
Menopause is a time of great energetic change. Some women find this releases energy for greater creativity, whilst others find it leads to tiredness, depression and emotional roller coasting. Ouch! For some it is so extreme they think they are going crazy. Coupled with brain fog and lack of memory, they may even think they are losing their minds.
I am an energy healer, and through tools, processes and guided visualisations, I help you negotiate the emotional highs and lows and RELEASE them, to get back to a new creative you.
Rachel Weber 07717 471 584 http://www.healingyourstories.com
Nutrition, Diet & The Menopause
Edaname beans or dried soya beans are useful sources of soya
Diet can play a positive role for menopausal women when so much else is out of their control. Some women find that inclusion of soya in the diet can reduce the impact of hot flushes, and enjoy other related health benefits of these ‘feel good ‘foods e.g. soya milk, yoghurt and edamame beans. Cardiac risk also rises, so maintaining a healthy weight and inclusion of the right fats eg healthy oils, nuts and seeds is key. Finally maintaining positive calcium and Vitamin D balance after the loss of protective oestrogen is critical to bone health.
Penny Doyle. Registered Dietitian and cookery writer is able to support and share her expertise to unlock the dietary maze
Penny Doyle Dietician 07789 485454 http://www.nutrisult.com
Yoga & The Menopause
Look at any yoga class and you’ll notice that the mainstay of students are woman over forty. Yoga is a perfect way to exercise body mind and spirit: all areas that need attention as we transition through the menopause.
The yoga poses can target specific areas of concern. This could be abdominal work to counter midriff weight gain. Weight bearing to protect against osteoporosis. Standing postures to maintain muscular strength and balance. A general yoga practice allows us to be comfortable in our body and accept the aging process with grace and kindness.
Meditation and mindfulness can further our ability to accept changes in our life and to welcome and celebrate ourselves as we move into our wisewoman years.
Kate Atkinson British Wheel of Yoga, Yoga Alliance, Yin Yoga Teacher
01442 905265 07481404084 email@example.com
Pilates & The Menopause
Body Control Pilates teachers now must have a qualification in bone health as osteoporosis is so prevalent. The National Osteoporosis Society says 1 in every 2 women in the UK will suffer an osteoporosis related fracture after the age of 50. It is a silent epidemic.
Bone loss becomes rapid in the first few years following menopause when the ovaries stop producing oestrogen and bone calcium levels decrease. We can protect ourselves by enhancing our diet with calcium, vitamin D and exercising to build bone density. Pilates is an intelligent movement practice which teaches us to move with correct joint alignment and stimulates bone growth. We need to build more bone!
Angella Wagner 07919 423033 http://www.thepilateshouse.co.uk
Weleda Products & The Menopause
At our Pop up Menopause café I will talk about what the body is going through at this stage and explain how our products can help support you through the peri menopause and menopause. I will have the products with me so people can smell and feel them on their skin. I will talk about stress management and stress relief and how our products can help you manage it a little better.
At Weleda we understand the impact the years leading up to the menopause can have. We also see how women rise to the challenge with creative and empathetic solutions, and go on to enjoy a newfound confidence. Many of us welcome the freedom from monthly pre-menstrual symptoms. But before we can put periods behind us, we are often challenged by uncomfortable and sometimes embarrassing symptoms: hot flushes, headaches, irritability, brain fog and night sweats.
Commonly occurring between 45 – 55 years of age, perimenopausal changes are completely natural, as oestrogen and progesterone levels decrease (the hormones produced by the ovaries). On a psychological level, middle age often sees us questioning the meaning of life and becoming spiritually restless for example. Sufficient relaxation, exercise, a healthy diet and natural remedies may help you get through ‘the change’ leading up to the menopause. Weleda’s 100% certified natural skincare can support you during this time of change. (Weleda).
Rachel Friedli – IAIM Weleda Wellbeing Advisor. 0777 333 2930 http://www.positivetouch.net
Shiatsu & The Menopause
I am Jan Murphy, a Shiatsu Specialist / Auricular Acupuncturist and embrace Macrobiotic Nutrition into my work and life. I went through my own menopause naturally and would be happy to share knowledge with you and empower you throughout your journey. Do grab me for a chat throughout the evening, ask questions, take a business card and get in touch. I am happy to answer any questions, I really feel this is a fabulous way for us ladies to connect.
Jan Murphy (MRSS ) (MTBCCT) Shiatsu Specialist / Bodyworker Auricular Acupuncturist / Cosmetic Facial Acupuncturist 07886 655705 http://www.Zenki.co.uk
Eyesight & The Menopause
The Bates method is an alternative therapy aimed at improving eyesight. Eye-care physician William Horatio Bates, M.D. (1860–1931) attributed nearly all sight problems to habitual strain of the eyes and felt that glasses were harmful and never necessary.
In our mature years vision problems are often due to acquired habits of strain and can be both prevented and reversed in many cases It’s never too late!
I will be on hand to talk about eyesight and the menopause and demonstrate techniques that can help improve vision.
Margaret Montgomery 07710 500494 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Homeopathy & The Menopause
Hot flushes, irritability, tearfulness – all problems that can be helped homeopathically, (Anne Clover). Many patients speak enthusiastically of the help they have received from homeopathic treatment for menopausal symptoms as various as hot flushes, profuse sweating, mood swings, irritability and sleep disturbance. These reports are now supported by careful follow-up studies from NHS outpatient units in the UK of the benefits homeopathic treatment has afforded for such problems.
A homeopathic pharmacy can offer a wide range of medicines that could be appropriate for patients with menopausal reactions. This is because of the emphasis placed in homeopathic practice on selecting a medicine suited to the overall profile of the individual patient. This means that we do not have a homeopathic HRT equivalent, or a single medicine that might apply for a lot of women with menopausal symptoms. Instead a prescription is chosen that relates to the individual profile of the patient seeking help. (www.britishhomeopathic.org).
Helen O Sullivan 07776 236012 http://www.homeopathybyhelen.com
Beauty Therapy & The Menopause
Bodily and skin changes which occur with menopause can have a significant impact on the psychological health of menopausal women. In addition, skin health is associated with the health of other organs and is thus an important indicator of overall health.
With all the ups and downs of living with the Menopause I offer a chance to relax, to unwind and to make time for some pampering. I will be giving beauty advice and tips and be on hand to discuss restorative treatments that can boost your beauty regime, advice on how to look after your skin and will be talking about ways to de-stress and relax.
Marina Swain CIBTAC CIDESCO 07710 758166 http://www.innerpeacetherapies.co.uk