Hypnotherapy and the Menopause

With all the current health scares surrounding HRT a lot of women are looking for an alternative although to be honest I never thought that I would be in a position to help anyone going through the menopause.

But it turns out that specialising in weight control, stress and anxiety puts me in a unique position to help. The first consultation often starts with.

Is it hot in here, or is it just me? “One minute I’m up, the next I’m down”
“Too cold, then I’m so hot I’m throwing the bedclothes off me.”
“My husband thinks I’m going crazy, and I think I agree.”
“My emotions are all over the place. I can’t stop crying.”
“I have to change my clothes every few hours because I’m sweating so much”.

These are just some of the things that women have said to me when they’ve come for help. The menopause can be a difficult time for many women, but it doesn’t have to be that way help is available!

Many women experience a variety of symptoms associated with this time, as a result of those hormonal changes. These symptoms include:

  • Hot flushes.
  • Night sweats.
  • Mood swings.
  • Declining libido.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Ageing skin.
  • Lack of energy.
  • Joint pains.
  • Weight gain.
  • Headaches.
  • Changes in hair quality.
  • The protective qualities of oestrogen are also reduced, and so the risk of heart disease increases.

The symptoms vary from woman to woman and also in their severity – some will experience mild or no problems, whilst someone else will suffer severe debilitating symptoms that require medical intervention.

The menopause typically begins around the ages of 45-55, although it has been found that smokers tend to have an earlier menopause.

Hypnosis has been used for hundreds of years to make changes in the way that we use our minds. Many studies have looked at the mind-body connection and how thought processes can produce significant changes in physical experiences within the body.

Hypnosis can’t cure or stop the the menopause but it is able to help you manage some of its symptoms.

Just for a moment, think about your favourite food. Picture it in front of you, vividly see those colours, smell the delicious aromas, taste it, enjoy imagining eating it. Feeling hungry yet? This is how the mind and the body are connected – what you can vividly imagine, your mind perceives as real.

Hypnotherapy can help with many of the symptoms and other issues associated with menopause. Some of the most common presenting issues that I treat include:

Hot Flushes

Many women firmly believe that this is the worst symptom to deal with whilst going through the menopause.

Working with me, a client can learn to use suggestions and their focused attention to cool themselves down. Using similar techniques to those used in pain management, clients are taught simple methods of managing their symptoms, such as imagining a control room in their mind, where they can turn down their body thermostat to stop themselves overheating and sweating.

An alternative method may be to imagine herself in a special place where the temperature is just right for you to be comfortable and relaxed, such as a mountain walk or on the beach, with a cool breeze playing against your skin.

Mood swings.

Mood swings can be hard for someone to deal with – especially if it’s your partner whose mood is swinging!

Irritability, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, difficulty coping and forgetfulness may be related to hormonal changes, either directly or indirectly e.g. due to sleep disturbance. However, other life events such as worry over elderly relatives, teenage children, and pressures from work commonly occur around the time of menopause and may contribute to such ‘symptoms’.

Hypnotherapy can be effective in helping to cope with these psychological symptoms. If you combine this with some basic calming and  meditation techniques you could be well on you way to reclaiming yourself.

It might just save your relationship!

Weight gain.

You may never have had an issuse with weigh before but unfortunatly with the onset of the menopause your metabolism will start to slow down and if you combine this with hormonal changes. The chances are that weight gain will become invetable and getting rid of excess weight can become a lot harder.

The good news is hypnotherapy is incredably sussessfull at helping with weight control.

Your self image.

The menopause is sometimes negatively portrayed and many women feel it marks the start of middle age, a time when their child-rearing days and youth are far behind them.

BUT, as one of my clients told me, 50 is the new 30!

The menopause can be the start of a new chapter in a woman’s life. It’s a time for many when their children are growing up and becoming independent . For some, it’s also a time when finances are a little easier and they have a bit more time for themselves.

This is a great time of life to make some other changes – plan for the future and set some great goals and challenges.

Hypnotherapy can help to plan for these goals and help deal with the changes to self-image, alongside supporting self-confidence and self-esteem.

Woman undergoing hypnotherapy sessions for menopause will notice certain changes such as an increase in focus, and feeling much calmer and more confident about both themselves and their  future. The purpose of hypnosis for managing the menopause is to help the client manage specific symptoms, emotions and physical well being, helping women make this transition results in feeling healthy in mind, body, spirit and emotions.

So if you would like to make some positive changes click through to my contact page or PM me on Facebook for a free consultation.

Testimonials

5 star He is amazing I lost 3 and a half stone after seeing him and being hypnotised, recommended to all! X

Beci Mann

5 star I finally quit smoking!!!

Ruth Smith