Wednesday, January 15, 2014

title pic Menopause, Meditation and Massage

Posted by kathryn on August 13, 2012

Our first guest blogger for our new season is Amanda Lund-Batchelor, who runs Ananda Healing (

I’ve got to know Amanda through our combined interests in improving womens’ health. I love what she has to say about Menopause, Meditation and Massage.  I learned how to meditate a few years ago and it really helped sort my head out and allow me to sleep better. Read on for Amanda’s thoughts…..

What I have found interesting is the number of women who come through our doors presenting vague symptoms of feeling below par but when you actually start working with them they open up to the distress they are feeling due to menopausal symptoms. It is almost as though women are still worried about talking about menopause. For every woman it is different and every woman will have to find the way that works best for her. Fortunately there are now people out there, like Kathryn, to give guidance and “break the silence

Obviously, the one option most people know of is HRT (hormone replacement therapy) but what if you decide this is not for you, or that you still want to explore alternatives?

Research measure benefits:

At last there is now research to measure results for both massage and meditation and their effectiveness in reducing the effects of menopause symptoms.

A recent study by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences gave a group of women either a plain oil massage, an essential oil massage (using lavender, rose, rosemary or evening primrose) and measured the results against a control group. The massaged women, especially the group using the essential oils, showed a decline in their menopausal symptoms

To me, as a massage therapist, I do not find this surprising. A regular massage is not only relaxing but also lowers blood pressure, lowers stress levels and increases you sense of wellbeing. All of which is good for anyone but when your menopausal symptoms include irritability, sleep problems and depression, it is not hard to see how a regular massage would help.

Reduction in Distress

What about meditation then? This is beneficial for all ages: young, old, male, female. For me, I would recommend everyone meditate. I would even have it taught in schools along with the maths and English! But what is really interesting is the research from the University of Massachusetts with regard to menopausal symptoms. The research showed a reduction in the distress associated with hot flushes and insomnia. It also showed improved physical, psychosocial and sexual functioning. Impressive, don’t you think?

I have recently canvassed my clients who meditate and the feedback I received is that meditation reduces stress, improves one’s sense of wellbeing and increases the ability to cope with the symptoms. Interestingly, the reduction in stress also appears to reduce other symptoms with fewer hot flushes and improved sleep.

What Works for You?

As with any anything, it is all about finding out what works for you. Trying out what is on offer and accepting if something doesn’t work for you. It’s OK if it doesn’t work, try something else.”

To find out more from Amanda, here are her contact details so we can give you more details on how we can help you with the menopause, on 01342 842098 or 07917 730944 or email us through our website

Please also take a few minutes, by clicking on this link, to listen to some of Ananda Healings wonderful meditation samples which will give you a taster of what is on offer and how it can help you

This blog has been brought to you by Kathryn Colas of The website providing you with all the answers, including Mentoring through Menopause programmes for individuals, Occupational Health providers and Practice Nurses. Email for more information: [email protected]