The average age of menopause within the UK is currently 51 years old. Symptoms of perimenopause can start from the age of 45, but for some women symptoms begin even earlier.
A woman is considered menopausal if her last menstrual cycle was at least a year ago. She is considered perimenopausal if she is experiencing symptoms of menopause, but still having periods.
Menopause is the time when the ovaries stop producing eggs and as a result, the levels of hormones called oestrogen and progesterone decline. Oestrogen acts to protect many different systems of the body including: the brain, skin, bones, heart and vagina, so low levels of this can cause a variety of symptoms in a woman’s body.
Common symptoms include; hot flushes, sweating, heart palpitations, joint pain, heavy periods, worsening headaches/migraines, dizziness, mood swings, panic attacks and memory problems.
Whilst these symptoms are very common and completely normal, they can have huge affects on personal relationships and general quality of life. Symptoms can lead to time off work and it is estimated that up to 10% of women actually stop work altogether due to their severe menopausal symptoms.
Here are two simple exercises from Eden Energy Medicine that you can do each day or as often as you like, to naturally balance your hormones and alleviate menopausal symptoms.
Start with a “Crown Pull” and then “The Rooster Comb Hold”.
1. The Crown Pull
What it does: This exercise opens the organ gland pathways along the centerline of the head, so that you’re ready for the next exercise.
How to do it: Bring both hands together and press all fingertips in at the centerline of the forehead and pull outwards toward the temples.
Move upward and along the centerline of the head, drawing the fingers outward at each point all the way around to the back of the head and finishing at the neck.
Close your eyes and take a deep breath with each movement.
2. Rooster Comb Hold
What it does: Connects the liver and three hormone glands, boosting their efficiency, leaving you feeling more clear and balanced.
How to do it: Start by placing the heel of the right or left hand on the forehead and rest the fingers across the top of the head.
Place the other hand so it covers from those fingertips, along the centerline over to the back of the head, as shown in the two images here.
Choose whichever is the most comfortable position.
Hold this for about three minutes, breathing deeply in through your nose and out through you mouth.
Or you can refer to Donna Eden’s book, Energy Medicine for Women or read more at www.innersource.net