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Massage Therapy For Menopause

First Posted: 10/14/11 03:18 PM ET   Updated: 10/28/11 04:16 PM ET

Menopause. The mere sound of the word quickly floods the mind with thoughts of hot flashes, irrational mood swings, bothersome pain and an aging woman who is no longer in her prime. It's connotation with such negative effects makes it easy to forget that we can view menopause as something else: a milestone and an opportunity to stop and pamper ourselves.

While visits to the gynecologist are necessary, it may be time to schedule an appointment with your massage therapist as well. Massage therapy may be a helpful outlet for reducing stress, one of the main agitators of the menopausal symptoms experienced by women. In a guest blog for Menopause ChitChat, Laurie Schnebly of Massage Envy Spa brings to attention that while massages are often viewed as “an indulgence rather than a medically beneficial treatment”, your next visit to the spa should merit a spot on your to-do list.

Various spas offer rejuvenating and relaxing treatments for women experiencing the less-than-comfortable side effects of menopause. From Reiki treatments to increase energy flow and decrease anxiety, to Swedish massages to increase circulation, to facials targeted specifically for the sensitive and dry skin caused by menopause, relief may be one personal day away. Consider the following benefits of massage therapy Schnebly describes in her post and treat yourself for making it this far.

Boosted Flexibility
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The back, joint and muscle pain associated with menopause further reduce your range of motion. During massages, the body's natural lubricants between connective tissues are stimulated, allowing for more flexibility and ease in exercising to help alleviate discomforts.
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