Massage Benefits for Menopause

Menopause can be a challenging time for women in their forties and fifties, but receiving regular massage therapy can help them find much relief from many of the discomforting symptoms.

When menopause sets in and disrupts the balance of hormones, women may experience emotional fluctuations, hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, increased stress level, dry skin and depression. Different styles of massage can be implemented to better target these various symptoms. Massage has been known to release endorphins associated with the sensation of pleasure, which can help maintain emotional stability.

Shiatsu, a form of acupressure massage based on Traditional Chinese Medicine links an energy path, or meridian, along the body to a specific emotion and organ. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidney and spleen energy paths are most affected by menopause, so stimulating and realigning the chi of these meridians is believed to be beneficial to reduce headaches, hot flashes, dry skin, and irregular menstruation.

Circulatory massage such as Swedish and Lymphatic massage are also greatly constructive in balancing the body’s fluids and hormones as well as promoting deep relaxation and reduction of stress. When the body and mind enter a state of deep relaxation, melatonin, the sleep hormone, is stimulated allowing a person suffering from insomnia to more easily fall asleep. Since the process of menopause can last up to several years, regular massage sessions are recommended to be scheduled at a minimum of once a month so that the optimal benefits can be achieved.