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PMZ - Post Menopausal Zest

A great article from one of my teachers Sally Earlam. Reflexology has been proven to improve the symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause - hot flushes, disturbed sleep & anxiety. We all need support to balance our emotional & physical symptoms during this time of positive change. If any of you would like me to send you some hand reflexology points please just get in touch, I can send you the full article.

Article by Sally Earlam FMAR, BSc, PGCE Head of Training and Education – and yes – I’m fab after 50! Women’s Health in the 21st Century.

The way we are living our lives has changed dramatically over the last century, particularly for many females. According to the Office of National Statistics more women are now working than ever before, and many will have to work well into their 60’s. Alongside work, women frequently hold responsibility for running the home, family life, budgeting etc. It is therefore little surprise that women often have times when pressures may feel excessive – throw all of that in with our changing hormone levels associated with perimenopause and menopause and no wonder that this is a time when we could all do with a little extra help.

The Mental Health Organisation Health Statistics report that women in the UK are more likely to have an anxiety disorder and this is most common between the ages of 45 to 54 – but why? And what can we do to protest our own emotional health?

This is a time when many things can be happening in our lives, there may be children leaving home, worry about getting work and also dealing with the peri-menopause and menopause. Hormones are essential for women’s health and changing levels can affect us both physically and emotionally. As we approach the menopause, our oestrogen levels drop; oestrogen has many functions, including a direc