There is no doubt about it, Menopause can really put your body under pressure. But is it the Menopause that is putting your body under pressure, or is it that you are already too stressed and the menopause is the last straw.
The Wisdom of Menopause
Dr Christiane Northrup wrote a book many years ago called ‘The Wisdom of Menopause’. Do you see wisdom in your menopause experience to date? Or do you feel this menopause time is nothing but a pure inconvenience and you will take any pill to get rid of these inconvenient symptoms.
I can’t blame you for thinking it is all an inconvenience. You want to get on with living your life and these unbearable symptoms are preventing you from being able to get out and have fun. Also your job and your family need you to to be there for them. You need to be 100% on top of your game. So you really have little or no time for listening to your body and giving it the time it needs to naturally navigate your menopause symptoms.
Nobody Tells You About Stress And Menopause
I know about the affects of stress because of my own experience of being overstressed, many years ago. That’s why I didn’t find it difficult to see the huge role stress plays in causing severe menopause symptoms.
It took me to be on the flat of my back with a post viral illness over 20 years ago for me to finally understand that I couldn’t be all things to all people and I needed to stop, listen to, respect and love my body and be my own best friend.
My pain was telling me that something was not at ease in my energy. Just as menopause symptoms are telling you that this natural and normal transition is not going as smoothly as it could.
What Symptoms are you having? What is going on for you as you enter, go through or launch into that post menopause time (which is the rest of your life).
When my first symptoms came along I didn’t see them as menopause symptoms. I was out training with other middle aged women and my leg and hipped muscles went into spasm, so surely this was more to do with over exercising on a cold night – right? You and I could be mistaken for thinking this. But now, knowing what I know and looking back on it. This was the beginning of my body telling me it was not coping and it needed help.
Listen To Your Menopause Body
The pain I was feeling in my hip area prevented me from walking the length of my self, and that is no exaggeration. When I would walk I would have this strong burning pain in my groin area, pain in my buttocks area and then pain in my leg. It was only on one side too.
I had physical therapy sessions and was encouraged to get into the pool with an aqua belt around my waist and walk up and down the length of the pool. This did help enormously – I could exercise again and I actually loved being in the water. Gradually I began to swim as well. But anytime I walked the pain would return.
I Listened, Respected And Loved My Menopause Body.
Many of the choices I have had to make to help me naturally journey through the menopause have not been easy. Through Kinesiology sessions I discovered I needed some nutritional support to help my whole system cope with the peri-menopause experience. My muscles were fatigued because the nutrition they normally got was being taken to try and help me transition this natural transition.
The pain told me something was wrong. I suppose because I am a Kinesiologist myself, I knew that I needed to listen to and treat the reason behind the pain. For me, it was Kinesiology, Physical Therapy and Cranio-Sacral therapy that helped me listen. I also used Tapping and Rebounding.
Sugar and Trans Fats – The Hardest Menopause Lessons
Through the Kinesiology I discovered that I was not coping at all with sugar or trans fats – both of which are in most processed foods. Sugar and trans fats were putting my pancreas and liver under stress which was then triggering my adrenals. My liver was struggling and my adrenals were not at the races. My digestive system was also not coping with all the sugar and my whole energy system was over-stressed.
You Need a Good Menopause Diet
I’ve had to make many changes. I take daily herbs and nutritional supplements to support my diet. These supplements bring energy to my stressed organs. So too does having a really clean diet. I decided that prefer not to be in pain in the first place. If that means I don’t eat certain foods or drink certain beverages, I’m okay with that. With the help of Tapping I am able to stay away from sugary foods, for most of the time. There were other foods I needed to avoid – red meats, pork, dairy, processed sugar, alcohol, most grains and of course stress.
Find Your Best Menopause Exercise
Find the exercise that works for you. Rebounding is one of the best forms of exercise for me. I do a max of 20 minutes daily on the rebounder, having slowly worked up from just 1 minute daily. I always feel great after my rebounding sessions. Rebounding is 68% more effective than running and the impact is spread evenly through all your joints. It also boosts lymphatic drainage. Rebound For Wellness Programmes offer you very gentle exercise that will allow you to listen to and love your body through the menopause.
Aqua-jogging is also good, if you are struggling with aches and pains in your body. Cycling can be a great way to exercise without too much pressure on your joints, but it can fatigue your muscles a lot quicker than say rebounding.
With any exercise start slowly and build up gradually and if you feel pain. Stop! Pain tells you that something is not working. Something needs to change.
How To Make Positive Menopause Changes
I can already hear your How? How can you manage to make new and lasting changes in your already very busy life. Bottom line for me is that these changes offer me the chance to have a much easier menopause journey. I know I react to medications, something else I have learned from listening to my body. I prefer natural approaches.
You’re Menopause Body Is Not An Inconvenience
A while ago I decided to join a few groups on Facebook that were supporting women through the menopause. One of the groups scared me, the amount of women who see their body and the changes it is going through as a mere inconvenience – the hot flushes, night sweats, not to mention the lack of sleep that can happen. Then there are the mood swings and the joint and muscle pain. All of these symptoms are real and they are telling you that your body is not coping with the massive drop in oestrogen and progesterone. Get natural solutions as early as you can and allow your Body to gently guide you through this sacred menopause time.
Your Body Needs Respect
Your body is your earthly dwelling place. I call it my Sacred Temple. If I don’t look after it, respect it, loving it tenderly, it will not be able to work properly!
If your body is in pain:
- Stop – see if you can understand why you have pain. Pain tells you there is dis-ease in your energy.
- Take a look at your life. What is causing dis-ease?
- Make Changes – so you can bring ease to your energy and heal your body. If you need help with this find a Kinesiologist.
I Can Help You Love Your Body Through The Menopause
This is also what I offer my clients: Kinesiology testing to find out what is lacking in the energy system and what is over stressing the energy system. Then the client eliminates the stresses and adds into their lives the things they were lacking in. Then I work on helping their to change their negative thoughts and beliefs because they are triggering off that stress response and they need changed for you to really turn this all around. I use TMT a new form of Tapping for this. Finally I encourage clients to consider rebounding, as this gives you weight-bearing exercise at low impact to joints. It also boosts lymphatic activity and don’t we all need that.
Everything I do and recommend to others is 100% natural and thus has less side effects. I say less because everything has a side effect. When you exercise you produce lactic acid. When you breath you give off carbon dioxide.. As live you age… But I believe to live longer and prosper through the menopause, natural wellness is essential.
What Do You Think?
What do you think? What works for you? Do you listen to your body and respect it and love it through the menopause or do you see all these symptoms as an inconvenience and want a pill that will cause longer side effects? Either way, know you are doing the best you can right now.
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