Image is of a lady standing in front of cherry tree with word What does the menopause mean to you? Jo Waterford Therapies on right hand side

The menopause love it or hate it, it’s part of a woman’s hormonal journey in life and the start of a new chapter.

Understanding menopause can be a minefield as there’s a lot to learn and women react to it so differently.

So what is perimenopause?

It is a time when the body starts to make the natural transition into the menopause.

It can start as early as the late 30s into 40s when periods start to change and slow down.

Hormone levels become erratic, progesterone begins to fall and oestrogen begins to tail off.

With the lack of progesterone, this makes periods irregular and can also extend heavy menstrual flow.

With hormonal changes occurring, this creates an emotional rollercoaster within the body and it ranges from tears, anxiety, lack of focus, loss of confidence, low mood, brain fog, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, dry itchy skin, sleep problems, hot flushes, weight gain, depression and joint stiffness to name just a few symptoms.

What is the menopause?

When you haven’t had a menstral bleed for 12 months or more, you are in the menopause although this literally lasts for 24 hours then you are in post menopause!


What can I do to help myself?

Don’t panic!

What we go through as women in life is amazing and challenging and to be honest this is the last part of our hormonal journey and at times it is tough.

The five pillars for a healthy menopause are:


It’s extremely important to eat healthy and cut out sugar and alcohol. Alcohol raises body temperature so it only aggravates hot power surges!



It’s always good to have exercise and it gets more important as we get older. Walking, yoga and moderate aerobic exercise is really helpful. Weight gain is always a problem and harder to lose at this stage.



Managing your stress levels really helps. Why not consider having reflexology which will help balance your hormones, help with relaxation and de-stress, it will also help your mental health.



There’s nothing worse than having a bad night’s sleep and during this menopausal phase, sleep becomes erratic which doesn’t help the mood and creates more anxiety. Try and switch your phone off before bed, have a bath and read a book to relax your mind.



Many women feel with the change of hormones which co inside with kids leaving home, that their purpose is not as valid anymore. Not true take up a new hobby look at things that interest you and go and do them.

So just remember that you are not alone, I am here if anyone wants to talk and wants to know more about my menopause therapies.

Remember when you take time out for yourself and have a treatment, it helps you connect better with yourself.


Massage helps release endorphins and relieve muscle tension and anxiety.


Reflexology helps balance hormones, improves our sleep and encourages the body to feel more grounded.

If you would like to book a treatment or just have a chat to see how I can help you during your menopause journey, just click the button below and get in touch.